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    "I Felt Like If I Was Cast As A Distinctly Asian Character, There'd Be Controversy Around It": Mixed-Race Celebrities Are Talking About Their Identities

    "I think the best thing is just to grow up and know who you are. You may not understand certain things, but I'm blessed to have the parents that I had."

    Note: This post contains mention of suicide.

    Oftentimes in Hollywood, celebrities are typecast or pigeonholed into certain boxes, especially based on how they look. However, there are tons of celebrities with mixed-race backgrounds who have actually talked about their identity and experiences. Here are 82 of them:

    1. Anna Shay

    Anna Shay attends the world premiere of Netflix's "The Gray Man" at TCL Chinese Theatre

    2. Michelle Zauner (Japanese Breakfast)

    Japanese Breakfast attends the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena

    3. Darren Barnet

    Darren Barnet attends the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix's "Never Have I Ever" Season 3

    4. Jordan Fisher

    Jordan Fisher attends the 2022 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards at Barker Hangar

    5. Bella Hadid

    6. Keegan-Michael Key

    Keegan-Michael Key in a suit, smiling

    7. KJ Apa

    8. Naomi Osaka

    9. Gigi Hadid

    Gigi Hadid

    10. Keanu Reeves

    11. Yara Shahidi

    Yara Shahidi

    12. Kimora Lee Simmons

    Kimora Lee Simmons at a 2021 Baby Phat celebration with Macy's and Make A Wish Foundation

    13. Daniel Henney

    A closeup of Daniel Henney smiling

    14. Mariah Carey

    Mariah Carey

    15. Zayn Malik

    Zayn Malik at an event

    16. H.E.R.

    H.E.R. in a pink suit

    17. Saweetie

    Saweetie at the Met Gala

    18. Conrad Ricamora

    A closeup of Conrad Ricamora

    19. Hannah Simone

    Hannah Simone smiles at an event

    20. Jade Thirlwall

    Jade Thirlwall looking serious

    21. Lewis Tan

    Lewis Tan at an event

    22. Wentworth Miller

    Wentworth Miller at an event

    23. Shay Mitchell

    Shay Mitchell at the 2021 MTV Music Video Awards

    24. Enrique Iglesias

    Enrique Iglesias in front of a mic

    25. Janel Parrish

    Janel Parrish at an event

    26. Karrueche Tran

    A closeup of Karrueche Tran

    27. Naomi Campbell

    Naomi Campbell smiles with her hand on her hip

    28. Alexa Chung

    Alexa Chung on the red carpet

    29. Olivia Rodrigo

    Olivia Rodrigo at the 2021 American Music Awards

    30. Hines Ward

    Hines Ward, number 86, on the field at a Steelers game

    31. Ariana Miyamoto

    Ariana Miyamoto walking on stage as Miss Universe Japan

    32. J. Cole

    J-Cole at the 69th NBA All Star Game

    33. Logic

    Logic at the 2018 MTV Music Video Awards

    34. Hayley Kiyoko

    35. Halsey

    36. Danny Pudi

    Danny Pudi attends the "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" premiere

    37. Avan Jogia

    Avan Jogia at a Hugo Boss fashion show

    38. Henry Golding

    Henry Golding at the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards

    39. Tracee Ellis Ross

    Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar's Party

    40. Taika Waititi

    41. Charles Melton

    Charles Melton at the 19th Annual Unforgettable Gala

    42. Meghan Markle

    Meghan Markle at the World Trade Center

    43. Barack Obama

    President Obama at an interview for Good Morning America

    44. Zendaya

    Zendaya at the CFDA Awards

    45. Amandla Stenberg

    Amandla Stenberg at the "Dear Evan Hansen" premiere

    46. Miguel

    Miguel at the 2019 Fashion Awards

    47. Darren Criss

    48. Jessie Mei Li

    Jessie Mei Li

    49. Devon Aoki

    Devon Aoki at Gaggenau's Pop-Up Restaurant

    50. Maya Rudolph

    Maya Rudolph at the 78th Golden Globes

    51. Lenny Kravitz

    Lenny Kravitz at the 8th Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony

    52. Lisa Bonet

    Lisa Bonet at the Tom Ford AW20 Show

    53. Zoë Kravitz

    54. Jason Momoa

    55. Aubrey Plaza

    56. Jessica Henwick

    Jessica Henwick at the "No Time To Die" World Premiere

    57. Shakira

    58. Rashida Jones

    Rashida Jones at the 2021 Vanity Fair Oscars Party

    59. Ross Butler

    60. Olivia Munn

    Olivia Munn at the Global Citizen's VAX Live Concert

    61. Jordan Peele

    Jordan Peele at the premier of Amazon Prime Video's "Hunters"

    62. Naomi Scott

    Naomi Scott at the Kenzo Show during Paris Fashion Week

    63. Kimiko Glenn

    Kimiko Glenn at the premiere of "The Suicide Squad"

    64. Slash

    Slash smiling at the camera wearing his signature sunglasses, with his hair down and in a button-up top

    65. Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    66. Halle Berry

    67. Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars at the 2021 BET Awards

    68. Nicole Scherzinger

    Nicole Scherzinger at the AmfAR/Campari Event

    69. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

    The Rock at San Diego Comic Con 2022

    70. Chanel Iman

    Chanel Iman at the Vacheron Constantin Flagship Grand Opening

    71. Maggie Q

    72. Vanessa Hudgens

    Vanessa Hudgen at Netflix's "tick, tick...BOOM" premiere

    73. Tessa Thompson

    Tessa Thompson attends the Netflix premiere of "Passing" at the 59th New York Film Festival

    74. Sir Ben Kingsley

    Ben Kingsley at the "Shang Chi" premiere

    75. Jhené Aiko

    Jhené Aiko at the "Shang Chi" World Premiere

    76. Natalia Bryant

    Natalia Bryant attending the Met Gala

    77. Kamala Harris

    Kamala Harris at the 10th-anniversary celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

    78. Jemaine Clement

    Jemaine Clement at the FX Star Walk Winter Press Tour

    79. Michael Yo

    Michael Yo smiles and wears a black T-shirt and denim jacket

    80. Kristin Kreuk

    Kristin Kreuk at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards

    81. Karen O

    Karen O at the 2021 "Where Is Anne Frank?" screening