Arden Cho is opening up about her decision not to return in the Teen Wolf sequel film. The actor, who played Kira Yukimura in the MTV television series, explained that she turned down the offer in hopes that there will be pay equality in the future.
It has already been announced that Teen Wolf is getting a special sequel film that will bring back the original cast. However, it has since been revealed that several cast members, including Arden Cho and Dylan O'Brien, will not take part in the upcoming movie.
So why did Arden Cho turn down the chance to return as Kira? It had been reported that Cho was unhappy with the salary amount she was offered. However, in a new interview with The Cut, she revealed that it was much less than what was reported.
"I think I was actually offered even less. I probably would’ve never shared it," Cho said. She then pointed out that it is a struggle for Asian actors in the business.
"I could probably, off the top of my head, think of over ten Asian American actors I know who were paid significantly less than their counterparts," Cho said. "Sometimes you don’t have a choice to say ‘no.’ Sometimes you just need it. You’ve got bills to pay."
She then added, "I wasn’t saying ‘no’ necessarily for me or because I was angry. I was saying ‘no’ because I hope that there will be more equality in the future."
It's a hopeful plan and it looks like Cho may have found a project that works for her and other Asian American actors. It was previously reported that she was cast in an undisclosed role in Netflix's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series.
The Teen Wolf movie has not yet been given an official release date. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.