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"Humans" Star Gemma Chan Calls Out Lack of Diversity In Hollywood

Hollywood has long received flack for its lack of diversity among its stars in televisions shows and movies.

Even with popular shows and movies like "Selma," "Orange is The New Black," and "Empire," the majority of Hollywood seems to continue to adhere to a white-washed agenda when it comes to casting.

Luckily, actors are speaking up against this unruly practice now more than ever.

Up-and-coming actress and star of new AMC series, "Humans," Gemma Chan recently voiced her concerns about the lack of female minority talent represented in the industry.

"There's definitely still a lot of room for improvement," Chan said to The Telegraph.

Chan recalled times when her auditions were canceled once creative teams decided to "only see white people." The actress noted that the statistics were disheartening, stating, "I remember reading some that made me think, 'Oh, you are more likely to see an alien in a Hollywood film than an Asian woman.'"

While some may find the statement exaggerated, Chan is on to something. According to a 2014 study, Asian-American female characters only accounted for 3 percent of roles in 2013. also took a look at a few of the highest grossing films of 2013 and 2015 and reported that Asian-American women didn't appear as either major or supporting characters on the big screen.  

Watch MAKERS' Women in Hollywood documentary to learn more about the women working to change the industry. And check out television journalist and MAKER Connie Chung discussing sexism in media in the video above. 

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