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American actress and singer
Chloe Bennet Bennet at the 2018 WonderconBorn Chloe Wang
Chloe Bennet (born Chloe Wang; April 18, 1992) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Daisy "Skye" Johnson / Quake on the television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–present).Contents
Chloe Bennet was born Chloe Wang on April 18, 1992, in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Bennet Wang, an investment banker, and Stephanie Crane, an internist.
Bennet's father is Han Chinese and her mother is Caucasian. She has six brothers: three biological, two foster and one adopted; two are African American and one is Mexican-Filipino. She attended St. Ignatius College Prep.Singing career
In 2007, at age 15, Bennet moved to China to pursue a singing career under her birthname, Chloe Wang (汪可盈). While in China, Bennet lived with her paternal grandmother in Beijing, and studied Mandarin. She released two singles, both in 2011: "Uh Oh" and "Every Day in Between".Acting career
In 2010 she moved to Los Angeles, California. Her first on-screen appearance was as a host for the short-lived TeenNick summer dance series The Nightlife. She appeared in the 2011 music video for South Korean band BIGBANG's "Tonight".
While pursuing an acting career in Hollywood, she changed her name to "Chloe Bennet", after having trouble booking gigs with her last name. According to Bennet, using her father's first name rather than his last name avoids difficulties being cast as an ethnic Asian American while respecting her father.
From 2012 to 2013, she had a recurring supporting role in the ABC drama series Nashville as Hailey. In December 2012, she was cast as a series regular on the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premiered on September 24, 2013, where she portrays the character Daisy "Skye" Johnson / Quake.
In 2017 she was cast in a musical remake of the 1983 film Valley Girl as Karen, the "Queen Bee". The film was scheduled for release in June 2018, but has been postponed due to controversy around one of its cast members, Logan Paul.Views "I think what's really dangerous with what, continuously, is happening with Asian-Americans in Hollywood is there's a narrative that white Hollywood, or just any other ethnicity really in Hollywood gives to Asian-Americans that, 'You're the butt of the joke.' They're determining that we're the nerds, that we're the shy girls or that the guy that can't be sexy because he's an Asian man."
—Bennet in a September 2017 interview for NPR
Bennet has described the American film and television industry as racist against Asians. In a 2016 interview, she noted, "Oh, the first audition I went on after I changed my name , I got booked. So that's a pretty clear little snippet of how Hollywood works."
In September 2017, after actor Ed Skrein stepped down from his role as Major Ben Daimio in the then-in production film Hellboy following backlash over the fact that Skrein, a white man, was playing Daimio, a character who is Japanese-American in the Hellboy comics, Bennet wrote a since-deleted post on Instagram in which she applauded Skrein's decision, and addressed her own experiences as an Asian actor in Hollywood, saying, "Changing my last name doesn't change the fact that my BLOOD is half Chinese, that I lived in China, speak Mandarin or that I was culturally raised both American and Chinese. It means I had to pay my rent, and Hollywood is racist and wouldn't cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable."Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 2014 Nostradamus Lane Fisher Short film 2015 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Chase (voice) 2018 Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors Daisy Johnson / Quake (voice) 2019 Abominable Yi (voice) In production Valley Girl Karen Post-production 5 Years Apart Emma Post-production Television Year Title Role Notes 2010 The Nightlife Herself / Host As Chloe Wang 2012 Intercept Tess Unsold ABC Family pilot 2012–13 Nashville Hailey 4 episodes 2013–present Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Daisy "Skye" Johnson / Quake Main, 107 episodes 2014 The Birthday Boys Verna Episode: "Love Date Hump" 2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Swifty Voice; Episode: "Flight of the Feathers/Captain Hookity Hook" 2016 Talking Dead Herself Discussion of The Walking Dead episode "The Well" Discography Singles