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Stephanie Hsu Revealed Being Mistaken for Lana Condor Highlights Need for More Representation and Diversity in Hollywood

In a recent interview with The New York Times, the breakout star of the Broadway musical “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” Stephanie Hsu, admitted that she was mistaken for actress Lana Condor at a red carpet event.

Despite the mistake, Hsu took it all in stride and admitted that even her own mother thinks she resembles Condor – star of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

The confusion was embarrassing, but Sue handled the situation with grace and humor.She also admitted that this kind of mistake is not uncommon in the entertainment industry, where actors and actresses look alike.

“She sent me a picture of Lana Condor a year ago and was like, ‘You look like this woman,'” Hsu stated regarding her mom. 

“But after the Lana Condor thing happened, we were at a screening in New York, and a bunch of people kept going up to my publicist and [EEAAO director duo] the Daniels’ publicist, who are both Asian, and they were like, ‘Congratulations, your performance is incredible.’ And they were like, ‘Huh?'”

Open for Representation

Even though award season has been exciting, Stephanie Hsu emphasized that the lack of representation in the entertainment industry right now is a serious problem.

She acknowledged that the industry still has a long way to go to ensure that actors and actresses of all backgrounds have equal opportunity to showcase their talents and be recognized for their unique skills.

Hsu’s revelation of being mistaken for Lana Condor at a red carpet event highlights the need for more representation and diversity in Hollywood and the importance of continuing to strive to increase it.

“We have not transcended this moment, right?” she said. 

“James Hong started acting at a time when people wouldn’t even say his name, they would literally just call him ‘Chinaman’ and say ‘Get on your mark.’ Michelle [Yeoh] waited almost 40 years for her first chance of being No. 1 on the call sheet, and Ke [Huy Quan] left acting for [nearly] 20 years.”

She added: “As successful as this film has been.” Hsu ranted, “the biggest fear on the other side is ‘What if this is my last chance?'”

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Hsu Accolade

Stephanie Hsu, who recently scored a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her role in “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” recalled the significance of watching Halle Berry make history as the first Black woman to win a Best Actress Oscar in 2002. 

She mentioned that it was a powerful moment that demonstrated the progress being made in the industry towards representation and diversity. 

However, she also acknowledged that there is still much more work to be done, and that the industry needs to continue to strive for greater inclusion and representation for all actors and actresses, regardless of their race or ethnicity. 

The memory of Halle Berry’s historic win marks a reminder of the development that has been made and the importance of continuing to work towards greater representation in the entertainment industry.

“I don’t remember anyone else who won that night, but I remember that moment,” she stated. “I’ve been reflecting on that a lot because I didn’t realize how much I had deleted the possibility from my mind that I could actually ever be a part of this industry in a real way, doing something that I value and love.”

The actress Stephanie Hsu spoke to Entertainment Weekly last year about the momentous experience of starring opposite actress Michelle Yeoh in the Broadway musical. 

“I grew up watching her,” Hsu stated. 

“She is such an icon for so many Asian families. When I told my mother that Michelle was going to be playing my mother, everyone in my family was, like, ‘We love Michelle Yeoh.’ I feel I learned so much by just being around her, and watching her work, and watching her surrender to this project.”


Hsu is an actress, singer and writer who made a name in the entertainment industry with her versatility and talent. 

She is famous for her role as Chloe in the Broadway musical “Everything Everywhere All At Once” for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

Born and raised in New York City, Hsu started her acting career at a young age, performing in various plays and musicals. 

She received her training at the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, also known as the “Fame” school. Afterward, she went on to study at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Hsu’s career took off in the early 2010s, with her first Broadway show, the critically acclaimed “Fun Home”, where she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination. 

From there, she has become a regular face on Broadway, with her other notable performances in shows like “The SpongeBob Musical,” “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” and “Be More Chill.” 

She also wrote and starred in her own one-woman show, “Stephanie Hsu: The Fever.”

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A Career Outside the Entertainment Industry

Aside from her acting career, Hsu is also a talented singer and writer. She has released her own music and has also written for several publications, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post and The Village Voice.

Hsu’s work has been recognized and celebrated by both audiences and critics alike. In addition to her SAG award nomination, she has also received several other accolades, including a Lucille Lortel Award nomination.

Despite her success, Hsu remains humble and dedicated to her craft. She continues to work hard, taking on new roles and pushing herself to be better in every aspect of her career. 

With her talent, versatility and passion, she is sure to continue to make a big impact in the entertainment industry.

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