Arden Cho is weighing in on his decision not to appear in the next Paramount+ movie teen wolf movie.
The streaming platform announced in February that the MTV original series, which closed in 2017 after six seasons, would be revisited in a sequel that would bring back most of the main cast. Cho and Dylan O’Brien will not return for the film, and Term reported at the time that Cho, the only woman of color among the show’s four female regulars, had turned down the film due to being offered half the salary per episode of the other three actresses.
During an interview with The cut which he posted on Monday, Cho publicly addressed the situation for the first time. When asked about the report on his salary, Cho told the outlet, “I think they actually offered me even less.” He added that the leaked salary information did not come from his team: “I probably never would have shared it.”
The 36-year-old actress, who will play the lead role in Netflix’s upcoming legal drama series. Partner TrackingShe went on to say that she knows she’s not the only actress of color dealing with the frustrations of pay inequality. “I could probably think of 10+ Asian-American actors I know who were paid significantly less than their counterparts,” she Cho shared. “Sometimes you don’t have the option to say ‘no.’ Sometimes you just need it. You have bills to pay.
She said she hopes her decisions can help bring about change for other artists. “I wasn’t necessarily saying ‘no’ because of myself or because I was angry,” Cho said. “I was saying ‘no’ because I hope there will be more equality in the future.”
Cho played the kitsune Kira Yukimura, a love interest of protagonist Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), in three seasons of teen wolf before his character was written out after the fifth season. About getting the call that Kira wouldn’t be returning for season six, she recalled, “She was in shock. She couldn’t believe it. She said that she concluded, “There was no place for Kira.”
O’Brien, who played Stiles Stilinski, will also not be returning for the long overdue movie. teen wolf Showrunner Jeff Davis will write and direct. None of the show’s other cast members, including O’Brien, spoke to the publication about the situation, but the maze runner the star had previously liked a cheep supporting Cho. “He’s always been very supportive,” Cho said of O’Brien.
MTV Entertainment Studios and MGM’s Orion Television are behind the film, which currently does not have a release date.
Representatives for Paramount+, MTV and Orion did not immediately respond to a request for comment.