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"XO, Kitty" Star Anthony Keyvan Opened Up About Being A Mixed Filipino And Iranian Actor In Hollywood

"It's really important for mixed kids to see that someone that looks like them can lead a series and tell these stories that deserve to be told."

The To All The Boys I've Loved Before spinoff XO, Kitty premiered on Netflix last week, and to celebrate the release of the show, we attended Netflix’s XO, Kitty premiere to speak with the cast about the show and their individual journeys.

Sang Heon Lee, Minyeong Choi, Anna Cathcart, Gia Kim, and Anthony Keyvan attend Netflix's XO, Kitty Los Angeles Premiere at Netflix Tudum Theater on May 11, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Anthony Keyvan joined the XO, Kitty cast as Quincy “Q” Shabazian, Dae (Minyeong Choi) and Min Ho's (Sang Heon Lee) roommate and Kitty's (Anna Cathcart) new best friend and confidante at the Korean Independent School of Seoul (KISS).

Anthony Keyvan on the red carpet for the premiere of XO, Kitty

You may have seen him in the Love, Simon spinoff, Love, Victor, as Rahim — Pilar's (Isabella Ferreira) best friend and one of Victor's (Michael Cimino) love interests.

Victor and Rahim sitting next to each other at a wedding

And here they are supporting Anthony at the XO, Kitty premiere!

Michael Cimino, Anthony Keyvan, and Isabella Ferreira on the red carpet

In our interview with Anthony, he said, "The first time I've ever felt represented, honestly, was when I got cast as 'Q' in XO, Kitty."

Anthony Keyvan as "Q" talking to Anna Cathcart as "Kitty" in the dining area

"This is the first time in my 18-year career where I've played a character that authentically represents my own background of being half-Iranian, half-Filipino."

A scene where three characters are making a toast "To new experiences"

"I think it's really important for mixed kids to see that someone that looks like them can lead a series and tell these stories that deserve to be told."

Sang Heon Lee, Minyeong Choi, Gia Kim, Anna Cathcart, Jocelyn Shelfo, Regan Aliyah, Anthony Keyvan, and Peter Thurnwald making heart signs on the red carpet

"I really wish I did have someone to give me a piece of advice, someone to look up to."

Anthony Keyvan poses for photographers at a red carpet event

"Being mixed is a superpower, and don't let anyone tell you differently."

Anthony Keyvan smiles for photographers at a red carpet event

"So much of my life, I've felt like I was too much of one thing and not enough of another, but honestly, as I've gotten older and I'm seeing how the industry is shifting, I am now confident that someone who looks like me can do anything."

Closeup of Anthony Keyvan

Be sure to watch XO, Kitty on Netflix to see Anthony Keyvan in action!

The poster for "XO, Kitty"

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