Growing up, the actor and his parents constantly clashed with their cultural and academic expectations. After graduating from business school, Simu became an accountant – which made his parents proud – but was fired eight months later. He took the opportunity to pursue an acting career and his relationship with his parents deteriorated.
It wasn’t until he landed his first major role in Kim’s Convenience that they started to repair their relationship. For her mother’s 60th birthday, Simu wrote a heartfelt eight-page letter, which led to healing conversations. “It was the first time we really talked about these issues,” he said. People. “We both recognized that we were flawed human beings trying to do our best.”
When she dropped out of college to pursue her dreams, her parents were deeply upset. According News E!, they told him it was “really stupid” and “no Latino has done that”. During an interview with W Magazine, Jennifer said“My mom and I bumped into each other. I didn’t want to go to college — I wanted to try dancing full time. So her and I took a break.”
“I started sleeping on the couch in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I said to him, ‘This is what I have to do.’ A few months later, I got a job as a dancer in Europe. When I got back, I booked In living color. I became a Fly Girl and moved to Los Angeles. It all happened in a year.”
After earning a law degree from Oxford, she turned down an opportunity with a law firm to study acting at Drama Center London. His parents did not approve of this decision; Gemma and her father did not speak During months. “I totally understand why they were scared and upset because I don’t come from a show biz family,” Gemma said. Seduce. “We have no connection with anyone in the business.”
“My dad said to me, ‘No matter how good you are, how talented you are, you won’t find enough work. I finished drama school 10 years ago now, so I’ve been working for 10 years. But at the time, there really weren’t many Asian faces on stage or on screen in the UK.
During an interview with Charm, she said: “When I told my parents, when I was 14, that I wanted to move to New York and become an actress, they were like, ‘Well, no. Of course.” And I just didn’t want to shut up about it. I had already saved up some money for child care. So I was like, ‘I’m going.’ I’ve always been a real money maniac. I wouldn’t buy anything at the dealership. I never knew why I was saving until New York came to mind. And then I I said, “That’s what I was. save for. I go.'”
“And they were like, ‘Well, we don’t want her to die.’ [So] my brother came with me. But they said to me, ‘You can try it for the summer, and then you have to come back and finish school.’ My mom always said she wanted me to fail so I could go home, because not failing meant I was in New York. She lost a daughter, really, at 14.”
The son of Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson – a famous wrestler who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame – Dwayne wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, but his old man disapproved. During an interview with Today, The Rock said: “We had the biggest argument between a father and a son about this. He said, “Look around you. Look what I have after all these years, and I want more for you. And I said, “I know, and I appreciate that, but I feel like I have something to offer.” And we fought and we fought and we fought.”
It was Dwayne’s mother who finally stepped in and changed his father’s mind. “Finally, after my mom said, ‘Let me talk to you for a second. Let me talk to you, my husband. Let me tell you about how this is all going to turn out. And then he said, ‘Okay, I’ll train you.'”
Daniel’s father was a doctor and his parents wanted him to pursue a traditional career as a doctor, lawyer or banker. But Daniel took an acting class in college that changed everything. “Something changed in me,” he said BNC News. “So I took as many acting classes as I could and did an independent acting major at a nearby college because my college didn’t have an acting major. After that, when all my friends joined places like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, I bucked the trend and ended up going to New York to gamble.”
“It was really difficult the first few years,” he continued. “My parents were worried about me. I think at the heart of our conflict at the time was the fear that their son would not be able to earn a living in his chosen profession and would not be able to do everything that a son is supposed to be able to do things like get married, have children, and support parents when they get older—this view that many Asian immigrant parents have for their children.”
The daughter of minister parents, she grew up in a strict family and told vanity lounge that she was not allowed to listen to secular music or utter the words “deviled eggs”. She started out as a Christian singer but soon turned to pop, which her parents disapproved of. They were deeply upset when she released “I Kissed A Girl”. During a sermon, his father Told the congregation, “I kissed God – and I liked it!”
“I think sometimes when kids grow up, their parents grow up,” Katy said. “Mine grew up with me. We co-exist. I don’t try to change them anymore, and I don’t think they try to change me. We’re okay to disagree.”
During an interview with USA today, Kerry revealed that her mother was upset when she told her she was pursuing an acting career. In fact, her mother burst into tears and started sobbing. Kerry also said The Guardian“My mom’s nightmare was that I was a starving actress. She thought life is hard enough for you as a woman, as a person of color; why would you engage in that extra struggle?”
While attending UCLA, he started a theater company on campus, which his parents didn’t mind because it was “for fun”. But they weren’t happy when he decided to take up acting seriously after graduation. “My mom was actually working at UCLA…and she was hearing first-hand stories about how hard it was,” he said. said at a USC event. “And she was telling me, especially as an Asian, how impossible it would be. And she was right, it was really difficult.”
However, in hindsight, Randall appreciates the financial support offered by his parents. “I say my parents weren’t supportive of my career, but with the perspective that I have now, they were really supportive in my pursuit of this career because they housed me, they nurtured me. sometimes and maybe did my laundry here and there.”
On an episode of The Howard Stern Show, Steve shared that his father was critical of his acting career. After one of Steve’s movie premieres, he and his parents went to dinner, where his mom asked his dad about the movie. His dad just said, “Well, that’s not Charlie Chaplin.” After Steve hosts Saturday Night Live for the first time, his father wrote a negative review of his son in a newsletter, insisting that the SNL the appearance did not help Steve’s career.
Although she has Julia Roberts as an aunt and Eric Roberts as a father, Emma revealed her mother didn’t want her in the spotlight. During an interview with She CanadaEmma said, “[My mom] I just didn’t want me to go into it young. When you come from a family that works in industry, they always tell you: “Be a doctor!” Be a lawyer! But you end up wanting to be actors.”
On an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!she said, “I called my dad to tell him I was dropping out of college to be an actor, and he was like, ‘Eddie Murphy? Eddie Murphy isn’t even Eddie Murphy. Diane, phone up and say to that girl that she It’s not funny. You’re not funny! You’ve never made me laugh. Ever!'”
“He didn’t support it. He didn’t support it at all… The whole family. My friends, everyone, said to me, ‘Honey, when you’re gonna drop this comedy stuff and find a real job? A friend of mine really thought I was funny, but they also said, ‘Get yourself a job’.”
During an interview with the Sunday Times Style Magazineshe said, “My mom saw acting like ‘low’, that was her thought coming from Korea. He’s just a classic Asian parent – constantly dissatisfied! But being unsatisfied gives you drive, it’s not not bad.”
And finally, Ross Butler
When he moved to California to become an actor rather than an engineer, his mother did not support his decision. Ross said Paper that his mother considered acting “as precarious and frivolous and not as a way [he] could support [himself.]They didn’t speak for several years. He shared that he often wondered, ‘How can I make my dreams fit into the Asian cultural dream? How do these two worlds meet?
He wished he had been allowed to pursue creative pursuits growing up, saying, “I think the problem isn’t necessarily the decision to get into the arts. The problem is allowing Asian American kids to be creative at a younger age so that a choice down that path doesn’t seem so drastic or out of the ordinary Because if I had started earlier I can’t talk about how the story would have changed , but the transition might have been earlier.
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