Actress Katie Leung know for playing Cho Chang in the Harry Potter series recently opened up about racist attacks she received for playing the character.
On Monday’s podcast episode for Chinese Chippy Girl, she revealed that after she got casted for the role in 2005 for Chang’s first appearance in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” she saw racist comments and messages from the fandom.
“I was Googling myself at one point, and I was on this website, which was kind of dedicated to the Harry Potter fandom. I remember reading all the comments. And, yeah, it was a lot of racist shit,”
She then goes on to say that she didn’t receive any media training in preparation for going on interviews. Leung was told to that deny the fact that these comments existed by publicists.
“I remember them saying to me, ‘Oh, look Katie, we haven’t seen these, these websites that people are talking about. And you know, if you get asked that, just say it’s not true. Say it’s not happening,’” she said. “And I just nodded my head. I was like, ‘Okay, okay,’ even though I had seen it myself with my own eyes. I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, I’ll just say everything’s great.’”
Unfortunately it isn’t known who these publicists are or if they worked with WB (Warner Brothers) Studios or with Leung directly. WB also refused to comment.