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Chloe Bennet says changing her name helped her land TV roles

Bennet said 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."
By Veronica Linares Contact the Author   |   May 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) -- Chloe Bennet -- née Chloe Wang -- credits her decision to change her last name as a key factor to her acting success.

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.

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