B. D. Wong

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    As an actor, I have casting issues. I'm a minority. I don't have trouble making a living, but as far as being on the food chain of the pecking order of actors, I'm not at the top of it. With the jobs that I do, there are always control issues with directors and producers.
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    Asian people are very practical and come from a conservative world. The parents want their kids to be doctors and lawyers. There are casting calls for Asian children, but once the parents find out the children might miss school, they're opposed to it.
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    Because of the accumulation of objects, things are never quite the way I want them to be. There has always been a lack of, well, clarity.
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    Having done 'M. Butterfly,' I'm conscious of the choices women make with their clothes and makeup on screen.
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    I'm a strong nonbeliever in the Christmas letter where you don't really read it because it's just full of kind of meaningless information. It doesn't really resonate to the person reading it, but it means so much to the person that wrote it.
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    I'm already more famous than I want to be. And yet at the same time, fame feeds your potential as a creative person. You're in a vacuum if you don't have a certain amount of fame.
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    I've always had tremendous support from my parents. I think there's a myth that gay people have lousy relationships with their parents.
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    If I played characters who were like me, I'd be super bored.
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    If I were to limit myself to the opportunities that were presented playing only Chinese-American parts, I would be virtually without a career.
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    In television, a sitcom is probably the closest thing to what it's like working in the theater.
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    Maybe there are logical reasons for a gay person not to have a great relationship with their parents - not because there's a parent who made him gay, but just because it may be difficult to understand everything.
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    Playing the priest on 'Oz' was a fantastic experience. I was very lucky.
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    Television shows and movies that are all white, I can't watch them. They totally alienate me.
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    The success of the storytellers - we're only as good as what we can withhold from the audience. Aspects of surprise and letting things play out for the audience - it's so much a part of their enjoyment. It's one of the great things about working in the movies and being a great storyteller.
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    Usually, when you are an ethnic person or a trans person, in your average, everyday, unsophisticated television show, you are there for that reason. And they clearly justify and overexplain why. You very rarely see a transgender actor playing the part of a grocery-store clerk without having to say, 'Oh, look at that trans person.'
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