The 22-year-old Agents of Shield actress told Canada's The Star that her given surname made it hard for her to get roles.
"I was having trouble booking things with my last name. I think it was hard for people to cast me as an ethnic, as an Asian-American woman," Bennet explained. "But I still wanted to keep my dad's name, and I wanted to respect him, so I used his first name."
Bennet went on to say that just days after she made her father's given name -- Bennet -- her surname she landed a role as a recurring character in ABC's Nashville.
Some time later she got the starring role of computer hacker Skye in ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
"It's been great to be a part of a show which is groundbreaking in terms of being an American woman and being Asian on television because there's people who don't see a lot of that and I'm really proud of it," she said.