thereminlife asked: Hello! So I saw a commercial for Ground Floor and looked up the different actors involved and found your tumblr. I was wondering what your thoughts are of the character you are playing? As an Asian American (and Filipino American) how do you feel typecasting has improved or stayed the same in Hollywood? What is the background of Mike "Threepete" Wen and how did you get involved with this role?
Casting is telling story through tropes. Big eyes equate to innocence, and brooding foreheads equate to menace. Race and the stereotypes that come with are just another tool that casting directors use to tell stories efficiently between the commercial breaks. Has typecasting improved? Yes. Has it stayed the same? Yes. Because America. Hollywood doesn’t operate unilaterally, it’s having a conversation with a very opinionated partner.
Mike “Threepeat” Wen was named after a good friend of the Bill Lawrence & Greg Malins (the creators of Ground Floor). I got the part through a series of auditions. In the latest episode, a joke revealed that his parents are of Filipino descent.
I am happy that he is Filipino, because I am Filipino. But I care more about him being funny, because I am funny.