Star Of The TV Show Teen Wolf Opens Up About Rejecting Movie Role Over Pay Dispute
Arden Cho discusses her decision not to reprise her part as Kira Yukimara in the future film, as well as the rumored salary disagreement
Teen Wolf stopped in 2017 after season 6, yet supporters stayed devoted to the program and also have constantly lobbied for a comeback. It was announced earlier this year that a film had been in the works, with several of the original cast members scheduled to return. Unfortunately, not long after the first announcement, it was announced which not only O'Brien, but also Cho would not be returning. Cho allegedly declined to appear in the Teen Wolf film owing to a wage issue, with the actor being offered half the salary of her returning female co-stars.
Cho discusses the wage disagreement and her choice not to return for the Teen Wolf movie in a recent interview with The Cut. She claims that the real compensation she was offered was less than what was advertised, and that the situation is part of a bigger pay disparity problem that Asian American actresses confront. Cho claims that she didn't decline the job because she was upset, but rather because she wishes for change in the future. Take a look at Cho's thoughts below:
"I think I was actually offered even less. I probably would’ve never shared it. [...] I could probably, off the top of my head, think of over ten Asian American actors I know who were paid significantly less than their counterparts. Sometimes you don’t have a choice to say ‘no.’ Sometimes you just need it. You’ve got bills to pay. [...] I wasn’t saying ‘no’ necessarily for me or because I was angry. I was saying ‘no’ because I hope that there will be more equality in the future."
Cho doesn't say how she learned of the compensation disparity, but it's evident that the actor's choice to leave the Teen Wolf film had nothing to do with the plot. She also makes it apparent that this isn't a unique instance, and that Asian American performers continue to be underpaid in comparison to their co-stars. Cho's choice was clearly taken in an effort to change this for future generations, as white male actors have historically been paid much more than female performers or actors of other races in Hollywood.
Yukimura's tale ended on a bit of a cliffhanger in season 5, so many fans were eager to see the character have a decent finish in the Teen Wolf film. Cho was the only woman of color among the show's key characters, and it's unclear whether the film will incorporate new characters to help diversify the (overwhelmingly white) ensemble. While many fans are saddened by Cho's choice not to reprise her role in the Teen Wolf film, her explanation is clear.
Source: The Cut