Myleene Klass took to her Instagram on Monday with an emotional post as she paid tribute to her mixed raced heritage.
The TV star, 44, shared a slew of throwback snaps and detailed the racism she had suffered growing up.
Myleene, who’s mum is Filipino and Dad is Chinese, was inspired to share her thoughts following Everything Everywhere All At Once and it’s Asian cast triumphing at Sunday’s SAG Awards in Los Angeles.
Myleene looked sensational as she shared snaps from her time in the West End’s Miss Saigon – which is set during the Vietnam war – aged just 18.
The stunner then posted selfies with co-star and filipino actress Lea Salonga, 52, as well as Jonathan Price, 75.
Pride: Myleene Klass, 44, took to her Instagram on Monday with an emotional post as she paid tribute to her mixed raced heritage
Inspired: Myleene, who’s mum is Filipino and Dad is Chinese, was inspired to share her thoughts following Everything Everywhere All At Once and it’s Asian cast triumphing at Sunday’s SAG Awards in Los Angeles (L-R) Brian Le, James Hong and Michelle Yeoh
She revealed that ‘exceptional’ actor Jonathan – who is white – was ‘Asianed up’ for the show with a black wig and ‘obligatory ‘slit eyed’ – while producers declared Myleene herself didn’t look ‘Asian enough’ to be cast.
The former Hear’Say singer also shared a clip of actor James Hong, 94, at Sunday’s ceremony saying: ‘Producers said the Asians were not good enough.’
‘And they were not box office. But look at us now!’ prompting wild applause from the audience to roar in applause.
In response Myleene penned: ‘Finally. The Asian invasion is coming’.
‘I’ve posted this as for a mixed race, Filipina (My mum’s Filipina, her dad’s Chinese), I never thought the day would come where the Asian community could finally stand tall and be recognised for their contributions, culture and above all, their talent’.
‘I’ve made no secret of the racism I faced growing up. ‘Chink’ and ‘Mongrel’ were terms I heard regularly’.
‘I was given plates to clear in the College dining room as ‘that’s what Filipinos do’. I’d face the school bus full with children slanting their eyes, taunting ‘ching chong’’.
‘Even only last week, when out with my son, I was ‘mistaken’ as his Filipino nanny (gladly, it’s a noble role but one often taken for granted in North London where some Mums don’t realise how lucky they are to have ‘help’ and ‘a Filipino’ or that even this very phrase is casually racist)’.
Co-stars: The stunner then posted selfies with her Miss Saigon co-star and filipino actress Lea Salonga, 52, as well as Jonathan Price, 75
Sad: She revealed that the ‘exceptional’ actor – who is white – was ‘Asianed up’ for the show with a black wig and ‘obligatory ‘slit eyed’ – after producers declared she didn’t look ‘Asian enough’ to be cast
Speaking out: In response Myleene penned: ‘Finally. The Asian invasion is coming’
‘The asian community who have to leave their kids to provide a better life for them, raising those not their own and expected to be overtly grateful for the often unfair pay, whilst invisible’.
‘Asians have constantly been type cast as the kung fu experts, the violin playing geniuses, the obedient, ping pong bouncing asian brides. Well now, the world is changing’.
‘Pic 1. Me parodying the American dream in my first west end role in Miss Saigon. I’m 18’.
‘Pic 2. with @msleasalonga, the girl who trailblazed for our community and showed the world our talent’.
‘Pic 3. The most important of all. Me with Jonathan Price. Exceptional actor AND the man they ‘Asianed up’, black wig, eye liner dragged across his eyes that had been stuck into the obligatory ‘slit eyed’ shape with tape,
About time: As Michelle Yeoh introduced her costar, who she pointed out had been acting ‘since there were only 49 states’ and had just turned 94, the Kung Fu actor received a standing ovation
Impressive: Earlier in the night, Yeoh made history as the first Asian woman to win outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for Everything Everywhere All at Once
Emotional: Ke Huy Quan, 51, shed tears while giving a heartfelt acceptance speech, which made him the first Asian male film winner at the Screen Actors Guild Awards
”The irony of this pic? I had been told two times prior I didn’t look ‘Asian enough’ to be in the show’.
‘This is not hate on a time gone by (let’s hope) but Love on a HUGE scale for the Asian community that is now finally being seen and appreciated’.
‘Noble roles that they are, we are not just your nannies, nurses, brides, dry cleaners, geeks or an aesthetic. We’re now being recognised in our own right. We are here and in the words of (pic 4 )James Hong, ‘look at us Now’.
‘Love you my Asian Brothers and Sisters’
Michelle Yeoh made history as the first Asian woman to win outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for Everything Everywhere All at Once.
‘I think if I speak, my heart will explode,’ she said as she accepted her trophy. ‘SAG-AFTRA, to get this from you, who understands what it is to get here. Every one of you knows the journey, the roller-coaster ride, the ups and downs. But most importantly, we never give up. I thank you.’
Special moment: The entire cast was additionally the recipient of the SAG Award for Best Cast/Ensemble in a Motion Picture to conclude the annual ceremony held at the Fairmont Century Plaza
Toast of awards season: Everything Everywhere won four awards including Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh
She continued: ‘I thank you for your love, for your support, because I know I am up against titans.’
‘Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is not just for me, this is for every single girl that looks like me,’ the Crazy Rich Asians actress added.
Ke Huy Quan became the first first Asian male to win the outstanding supporting actor award in the film category.
He thanked Yeoh during his speech and stated that he was ‘so glad that when we both started our careers in 1984’ and met ‘on the big screen.’
Quan then told other actors who are ‘struggling to be seen’ to ‘please keep going.’
‘Because the spotlight will one day find you,’ he concluded.
The film’s four wins saw it make SAG history – breaking the record for the most wins by a single film.
2023 SAG AWARD WINNERS – FULL LIST
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Austin Butler – Elvis
Colin Farrell – The Banshees Of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser – The Whale – WINNER
Bill Nighy – Living
Adam Sandler – Hustle
Comeback king: Brendan Fraser earned Best Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Whale
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett -Tar
Viola Davis – The Woman King
Ana de Armas – Blonde
Danielle Deadwyler – Till
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All At Once – WINNER
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Paul Dano – The Fablelmans
Brenda Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin
Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once – WINNER
Eddie Redmayne – The Good Nurse
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Hong Chau – The Whale
Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin
Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All At Once – WINNER
Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Banshees Of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once – WINNER
Top honors: Everything Everywhere All At Once won four of five of the film awards
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Avatar: The Way Of Water
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Top Gun: Maverick – WINNER
The Woman King
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Steve Carell – The Patient
Taron Egerton – Black Bird
Sam Elliott – 1883 – WINNER
Paul Walter Hauser – Black Bird
Evan Peters – Dahmer – Monster
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Emily Blunt – The English
Jessica Chastain – George & Tammy – WINNER
Julia Garner – Inventing Anna
Niecy Nash-Betts Dahmer – Monster
Amanda Seyfried – The Dropout
Leading lady: Jessica Chastain won Best Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for George & Tammy
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
Jason Bateman – Ozark – WINNER
Jeff Bridges – The Old Man
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Adam Scott – Severance
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus – WINNER
Elizabeth Debicki – The Crown
Julia Garner – Ozark
Laura Linney – Ozark
Zendaya – Euphoria
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Carrigan – Barry
Bill Hader – Barry
Steve Martin – Only Murders In The Building
Martin Short – Only Murders In The Building
Jeremy Allen White – The Bear – WINNER
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate – Dead To Me
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary
Jenna Ortega – Wednesday
Jean Smart – Hacks – WINNER
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The White Lotus – WINNER
Bella: The White Lotus earned Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Abbott Elementary – WINNER
Only Murders In The Building
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
House Of The Dragon
The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power
Stranger Things – WINNER
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