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Spa Night puts gay Asian-Americans front and center



* Spa Night is director Andrew Ahn's first feature film. It's about a gay Korean-American teenager (David, played by Joe Seo) who struggles with parental expectations and filial piety (ofc) while coming to terms with his sexuality.

* Ahn on the casting search for David, which required the actor to be Korean-American, close to the same age as the character, fluent in Korean, Spanish, and English, and comfortable with playing a gay role: "We saw less than 100 actors for the lead role in this film. And I can tell you, if I had put out a casting call for 18-25-year-old white male actors, I probably could have seen 1,000 people."

* No significant white characters. Ahn on his decision to commit reverse racism against white ppl: "I wanted to tell a story about a gay Korean-American identity that was defined within itself. I didn’t want to have to define what it means to be gay and Asian by showing a white character looking at us and saying, 'Oh, this is what you are.'"

* Ahn says he watched Star Trek Beyond just for gay Sulu.

* Ahn on the paradox of the glass-closet and the cultural shift towards diversity: "I know a few Asian-American actors who are queer, and in some ways, they kind of lucked out in that, because so many of the roles that they’re being cast in aren’t particular sexual roles or romantic leads. Their sexuality isn’t an issue. But at the same time, that’s because the roles are limited. You kind of, with this restriction, have this hiding place for a little while. So I do think as, with more diversity in film, [the glass closet is] going to become more and more present."

sources: 1, 2

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Tags: asian celebrities, film - drama, lgbtq / rights
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