Top 44 Jessica Henwick Quotes

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“In Singapore, I’d spend the majority of my time at hawker centres because the food there is incredible.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I was a real wild kid, spending much more time outdoors than I ever did indoors.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I’m not a good katana user, bo staff user.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I was always going back and forth between Singapore and the U.K.”

― Jessica Henwick

“The seafood in England is sad.”

― Jessica Henwick

“Asian food is amazing. I love a good Milo Dinosaur, bubble tea, and things like that.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I’ve always made a point to play roles that aren’t specified by their ethnicity.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I would love to see an Asian American superhero.”

― Jessica Henwick

“When I came on to ‘Iron Fist,’ it was really Colleen Wing that sold it for me. I thought it was a good opportunity to see a really strong female Asian American.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I grew up in the English countryside, raising ducks and chickens.”

― Jessica Henwick

“When I’m traveling, I like extremes. It’s nice for me to go to Canada in the mountains where it’s snowing or to Cambodia where it’s stifling.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I went snorkeling between tectonic plates in Iceland’s Silfra fissure in the winter. You have to wear thermal layers and a wet suit and what’s called a ‘teddy-bear suit’ so you don’t die of hypothermia. My lips still went blue. That was an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life – so beautiful and so quiet.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I’ve shied away from playing Asian characters. if you look back, I’m playing characters that have no relevance to my ethnicity.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I really struggle to fight and say lines at the same time. It’s hard.”

― Jessica Henwick

“It’s always fun playing a villain, I do have to say.”

― Jessica Henwick

“There’s something about fantasy and sci-fi that seems more welcoming of different ethnicities.”

― Jessica Henwick

“Honestly, it was just tiring going straight from one show to the other. I filmed ‘Iron Fist,’ and then I had a two week break, and I went straight into ‘The Defenders.’”

― Jessica Henwick

“I’m Asian, and I’m an actress, and I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, so if anyone understands the conversation about misrepresentation and underrepresentation, it’s me. I live and breathe it; this is my life.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I had been in talks with Marvel prior to ‘Iron Fist,’ and I had researched all the prominent female roles that I was interested in. Colleen Wing came up really early in the process, and I had a strange feeling.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I think, back in the day, the ultimate trifecta was considered ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Lord of the Rings,’ and maybe ‘Star Trek.’”

― Jessica Henwick

“When you use the whip, it makes the loudest crack. It’s a very, very difficult weapon to use.”

― Jessica Henwick

“There’s nowhere in London where you can use a whip without getting too much attention.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I’ve been extremely lucky in that I’ve been able to play roles that are not defined by their ethnicity. But that’s not a common thing for people of ethnic minorities.”

― Jessica Henwick

“My agent and I are very clear on what kind of roles I’m interested in, and I don’t want to perpetuate any stereotypes.”

― Jessica Henwick

“It’s tough, because I come to Singapore, and people say I’m not Singaporean, and I go to England, and people say I’m not English. It’s really hard to find your place, not just in the entertainment industry, but in life.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I have a T-shirt that says Game of Stones, which has the Flintstones dressed as ‘Game of Thrones’ characters on it.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I don’t want to perpetuate a stereotype. I don’t want to take Asian representation backwards two steps. I don’t want to be part of the problem.”

― Jessica Henwick

“One stereotype I get a lot as an Asian actress is that you’re playing the model minority – that Asians are the best, that they’re perfect and positively moral all the time.”

― Jessica Henwick

“It’s very hard as an Asian actress to get seen for anything which isn’t specifically Asian in England.”

― Jessica Henwick

“What I’m known for – ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Star Wars’ – they film in England, but they’re American productions. Because American productions are willing to see Asian actors.”

― Jessica Henwick

“Becoming an actress was just about being in the right place at the right time.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I turned down a lot of parts, and I ate a lot of canned tuna for dinner because I was just like, ‘No, I don’t want to do that; no, that’s awful.’ But sticking to my guns paid off, and I can look back now and be proud that I refused to take any stereotypical Asian parts.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I learned more on ‘Spirit Warriors’ than I think I have on any other job.”

― Jessica Henwick

“As soon as you start looking into roles which are specifically Asian, Black, or Latina, you start looking at stereotypes. That’s the issue minority actors face – it’s not that we don’t want to play our ethnicities; it’s that, often, the role that’s written for our ethnicity is a stereotype.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I turned down a lot of work. I didn’t want to ever feel defined by my ethnicity.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I want to continue to broaden expectations of what an Asian can be.”

― Jessica Henwick

“For me, I really liked the idea of playing a non-superhero on a superhero show.”

― Jessica Henwick

“As a female actress – I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager – I often got approached with the ingenue roles: naive and wide-eyed and childlike.”

― Jessica Henwick

“The state of the industry is much like the state of politics. It’s too middle-aged, white, and male.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I was a real overachiever.”

― Jessica Henwick

“I think I was just constantly seeking mental stimulation from anything I could get.”

― Jessica Henwick

“’The Joy Luck Club’ is not a perfect film. But, I distinctly remember watching it with my mom – and bursting into tears after the screening!”

― Jessica Henwick

“In British TV, if there is an Asian character, there usually has to be a reason for them to be Asian, whereas in America, you have a lot more roles where the person just happens to be Asian.”

― Jessica Henwick

“The U.K. and the U.S. are in different places. Don’t get me wrong – I am there for the U.K. industry, and I am always searching for more roles to play there, but it’s sparse.”

― Jessica Henwick
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