Disney Princess MULAN Is Bisexual in “Once Upon A Time”

This past Sunday’s episode of Once Upon A Time was groundbreaking for both the show and for the history of television itself.

Once Upon A Time is an ABC drama series which takes actual characters from fairy tales and throws them into the “real world” after having lost their memories of their life in the fairy tale world. Who can forget our excitement when we discovered that Mulan would be a character on the popular show and that Audrey’s Fall 2012 covergirl Jamie Chung would be the actress to play her.

Recently, the show revealed some attention-grabbing news about our favorite Once Upon A Time character: the iconic Disney princess is bisexual.

[Spoiler Alert] In the show, Mulan is advised to tell the person she loves about her feelings before it is too late. She then rushes back to Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora. At this point, many viewers expected a confession of love for Prince Phillip. After all, in the previous season, she showed all signs of emotions for him. The show even toys with us and has Mulan ask for Phillip upon her arrival.

Feelings are finally revealed when Mulan admits that the person she wants to speak with is Aurora, not Phillip. Unfortunately, Mulan never does get to confess her love. Aurora reveals that she and Phillip are expecting a child which leads Mulan to decide on the spot that she will join Robin Hood’s band.

The internet is buzzing with reactions to this reveal in sexuality. Some are claiming that they were pushing for it all along and others claim it is not the right angle for a Disney princess. Entertainment Weekly applauded the plot twist and the tasteful way in which Once Upon A Time revealed her sexuality:

This makes Mulan’s attraction to Aurora a pretty huge milestone. Given both characters’ ultra-heteronormative histories — and a general lack of LGBT characters in Disney properties — this twist is an even bigger deal. Remember, too, that Aurora isn’t the first recipient of Mulan’s unrequited love; back in the beginning of season 2, the warrior maiden had a thing for Aurora’s own Twue Wuv, Prince Phillip. That means Mulan isn’t simply a lesbian — she’s bisexual, not to mention one of the few bisexual characters on TV whose orientation isn’t a ready-made punchline. (Looking at you, Glee.)
TL;DR: Mulan’s big moment was pretty awesome, and we should all be impressed with Jane Espenson for somehow managing to queer up a figure included in the Disney Princess lineup… without even making her sexuality into some giant, character-defining thing.

 

Watch the heartbreaking scene below:

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Flashback Friday: Lisa Ling & The Early Days of “Our America”

This story was originally published in our Spring 2011 issue. Get your copy here. 
Story by Janice Jann

Our America (OWN) | Lisa Ling, 37, brings the glorious melting pot of America to television in her new investigative series, Our America, on the Oprah Winfrey Network, airing Wednesdays at 10 pm. Here, the seasoned journalist gives us the scoop on her new gig. 

Audrey Magazine: What is Our America about?
Lisa Ling: I grew up as an Asian American, a Chinese American, not feeling like I fit into any culture. This series is kind of a window into who we are as Americans.

AM: You’ve reported all over the world. Why focus on America now?
LL: I worked in so many different parts of the world, but I found myself fascinated by things that were happening in our own backyards.

AM: Do you think Our America covers lighter topics than your previous shows?
LL: [The National Geographic shows] are fascinating to do, but I believe these shows have more heart than anything I’ve ever done. No matter the topic, we feature people who ultimately came from a mother who love him or her. That’s something I keep in the back of my mind.

AM: I’ve heard that faith is something you tackle in this series.
LL: It is. I think a lot comes out of the fact that I’ve been searching for a long time. I have seen a lot that made me question God. But what my husband helped me realize — he’s a man of strong faith — is God works in everyone and if you are questioning where God is, then it’s a sign that maybe God wants to work in you to try to be a light. I’m fascinated by this topic. I can’t stop thinking about it.

AM: What’s cool about OWN?
LL: There’s a lot of heart behind every show that is being produced and I’ve never had that experience working in TV before. It’s really unique.

 

5 Reasons We Love Glenn from “The Walking Dead”

1) He’s a proud Asian
When we took a look at the statistics of people of color who actually win Emmy awards, the results were shocking. Needless to say, an Asian popping up on our television screen is rather rare. This is where The Walking Dead‘s Glenn breaks the mold. Not only is Glenn a popular Asian character, he has proudly pointed out that he’s Korean American. By simply distinguishing this fact, he has stepped away from the token Asian character.

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2) He’s the risktaker  

Whether he’s risking his life to be zombie-bait..
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..offering to be the distraction so others can get away safely…
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..getting Plan B pills for Lorrie (because she couldn’t get them herself, right?)..
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Or covering himself up in bloop and guts.
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Glenn has continuously risked his life for the safety of his group.

3) He’s loyal to the group.
Although the members of the group are clearly not his blood relatives, Glenn has taken on the mentality that they are. He takes care of them, protects them, and shows undying loyalty. [Spoiler] His anger towards the Governor for what he did to Maggie makes this clear. These are the people he loves and will do anything for.
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4) He gets the girl. 
No, he is not  the sidekick who’s there purely for humorous reasons. He’s one of the few characters who actually provide love and romance amidst the horrifying setting.

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5) In the middle of death, blood, and human’s being eaten, he bring us THIS.
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Be sure to check out the Season 4 premiere of  AMC’s The Walking Dead this Sunday.

 

 

 

 

Steven Yeun Opens Up About His Steamy On-Screen Romance

If there’s one thing to be happy about amidst the walker-infested, death-stained world of AMC’s The Walking Dead, that would be the growing love of Glenn and Maggie. Who didn’t cheer when Maggie caught Glenn off guard in Season 2 by offering her.. love in an abandoned pharmacy?

So how does a couple maintain a relationship in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? Glenne decides the best route would be marriage. In the end of Season 3, Glenn presents Maggie with a ring (stolen off of a zombie of course). But how will this play out in Season 4 which premieres on October 13th? We asked the same thing.

Actor Steven Yeun and co-star Lauren Cohan gave Entertainment Weekly some inside information about the two lovebirds. Cohan jokes that as soon as Herschel, Maggie’s father, gets ordained online, he will be the one to marry them.

Not missing a beat, Steven Yeun sums up whats to come in Season 4 with, “more loving, less shoving.” Check out the interview for yourself:

That Awkward Moment When A Baboon Cops A Feel On Live Television

Yup, you read that correctly.

Recently a video of a baboon holding on to a TV reporter’s breast has gone viral. Fox40 reporter, Sabrina Rodriguez, was the unfortunate individual to experience the awkward ordeal.

The 29-year-old Sacramento reporter, who is Japanese and Puerto Rican, was covering a local harvest festival and was joined by a baboon named Mickey. Within seconds of his introduction, as if he knew when cameras started rolling, he stood up and placed his hand on Rodriguez’s breast.

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Rodriguez proved to be quite the professional. “He’s trying to cop a little bit of a feel.” she joked. Even when Mickey didn’t move his hand away, Rodriguez continued with the report which is a much different reaction than many of us may have had. Admittedly, I wouldn’t have been able to keep a straight face.

After the report, Rodriguez was asked if Mickey’s toothy expression was anger or if he was smiling. Rodriguez responded, “I’m gonna go with smiling.”

Watch the video for yourself:

Revenge Done Wrong: Girl Publicly Shames Guy She Had A Few Dates With

A 26-year-old Chinese American writer who describes herself as “a connaisseuse of all things entertainment and communications” has set a perfect example of how one should not handle a break up.

Quin Woodward Pu, editor-in-chief of online blog Little Black Blog, decided to share one of her personal dating experiences with her readers. For the sake of the interested parties, many authors try to be discreet about sharing details about their personal life. Pu, on the other hand, decided to go in the opposite direction.

Dishing on all the details (of her side of the story), Pu tells readers about a guy she met at a bar and started emailing. She also adds how sloppy and drunk he was though we get the feeling this was just another jab at him. After a few dates, she invited the man to her birthday party, but ended up receiving the following text message:

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At this point, we’re on Pu’s side. One should never have to receive such ill news via text. But on the other hand, it wasn’t a very mean text at all. Honesty is best right? If he wasn’t looking for a relationship, it was best that he expressed that early on. It’s irritating, but certainly not unforgivable… right?

Apparently not for Pu.

“I was stunned into paralysis,” she dramatically explains. “I had no words–this never happens–and I just felt short of breath. There were many things that pissed me off, but I was so flustered I couldn’t even articulate them. Again, this is a serious problem for a writer and effusive communicator.”

Play it cool? Forget that. Pu sends an excruciatingly long response sprinkled with some compliments for herself and some harsh words for him:

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Now don’t get us wrong. Her anger? Totally understandable. It’s not like she can help that. Responding with the full passion of her feelings? Sure, it’s her life. But involving his boss and coworkers? Sharing their text conversations to the public? A little harsh.

Our advice: Take a step back and calm yourself down after being dumped. Often, the initial reaction is to hurt the person in the way you’ve been hurt, but this doesn’t have to be done in an extreme manner. If you weren’t ready for a relationship, your job should not be suddenly threatened because you were honest about it.

Read more about this story here.

PREMIERING TONIGHT: Ming-Na Wen on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Story by Teena Apeles. 

Actress Ming-Na Wen has been fortunate to have played many strong female characters during her career: Dr. Chen in ER, Camile Wray in SGU Stargate Universe and, of course, the beloved Mulan. So you can bet that it would take a pretty amazing character to get this pro as giddy as a teenager. Enter Melinda May.

“When this opportunity came up, my skin was just tingling with excitement,” says Wen of her role in the highly anticipated series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., premiering on ABC this fall. “I wanted to have a show that I could enjoy doing, working with people who I love, and that my kids can watch. And so I think I hit the jackpot here.”

What’s not to like about Agent Melinda May? She has a reputation for being an expert pilot and skilled fighter as a member of the international organization S.H.I.E.L.D., which protects “the ordinary from the extraordinary.” And as May, Wen flexes her muscles often … on bad guys. “We were working on some fight sequences this past week, and I am so into it right now; it makes me feel really powerful,” she says. “I am going to be in the best shape of my life because of this show.” Extra plus, she’s taking direction from Joss Whedon, the show’s creator, which, in her own words, had her “screaming for joy” because she is a huge fan.

A self-described “geek girl,” Wen says she’s been drawn to the sci-fi world as an escape since she was a kid. Growing up as the only Asian girl in a very white suburban neighborhood, she says she liked anything that was “other-worldly.” She admits, “I used to pray that E.T. or some extraterrestrial being would take me away, to some other world, and get me out of some of the environments that I was in, always feeling like the outsider.”

As she got older, Wen became interested in Dungeons & Dragons through her science fiction class and, later, drama club, “where I found people who accepted me for who I was and understood me, and we had a lot in common. And that became my world.”

Star Wars, Star Trek and Aliens were among the movies she loved because in such worlds, says Wen, “there are outsiders and yet they have these amazing superpowers. And even though they don’t fit in, they become the heroes.”

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While Agent May doesn’t have superpowers, she is still part of an elite force that works within the government to facilitate and help out the superheroes. But as far as Wen’s daughter and son, ages 12 and 7, respectively, are concerned, she looks pretty super on screen. “After seeing the pilot, my son said, ‘Wow, I didn’t know you could fight like that!’ It is just so nice to be able to share with them why mommy disappears so much,” she says. “They get excited to think I can fly a plane and fight.”

Of course, they’re not the only fans thrilled with her role. After the summer release of the Melinda May trailer to promote the show, Wen was the talk of the Web — so much so that her Twitter following grew.

“I just love the fans so much, and when this was starting to trickle out, I started this fan group related to the show that I could talk to and party with,” she says of what she calls the M.O.B., short for “Most Optimum Badass.” As for how she came up with the name, Wen says, “Everyone kept calling me a badass. I think everyone wants to feel like a badass, so alright, I am going to form a group of badasses.”

So are her kids allowed to call her a “badass” at home? Wen laughs. “Well, it could be a donkey. …”

 

This story was originally published in our Fall 2013 issue. Get your copy here

 

Video of The Week: Japanese Dancer Kenichi Ebina Wins “America’s Got Talent”

Months ago, Kenichi Ebina’s audition performance for America’s Got Talent went viral. Ebina stunned the judges and viewers nationwide with his “dance-ish” performance that included the robot, some gasp-worthy matrix moves, and entertaining martial arts.

Not only did the 39-year-old dancer’s video trend social media sites, he also gained a standing ovation from the judges and and continued on in the competition.

As the competition went on, Ebina continues to earn his spot at the top. His performances ranged from high-energy and fast-paced dances to slow and emotional routines. He easily kept the judges’ attention and became a fan favorite.

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Last night, after one of the longest, heart-pounding pauses, Ebina was announced the winner of America’s Got Talent. Although Ebina was engulfed in lights, sparks, and confetti, he was unable to hide his surprise with the results and happily gave out his thank you’s to his family, friends, and fans.

Kenichi Ebina will be rewarded $1 million along with his very own Las Vegas show.

In honor of this very talented dancer winning, our Video of The Week is his mesmerizing audition piece.  Check it out below as well as his winning moment. You can see all of this other performances here.

 

Kick-Ass Asian Leading Ladies: Audrey Cover Girls Edition

Recently, Buzzfeed released the story 27 Asian Leading Ladies Who Kick Ass. They described these actresses as women who defied the various stereotypes often imposed on Asians. Among this list of very talented actresses were some of Audrey Magazine‘s past cover girls:

 

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MINDY KALING
Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
You know her fromThe Office, and her hilarious book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Current project: Her self-produced star vehicle The Mindy Project is going into its second season.

From Audrey Magazine: “As confident as I feel, it takes an almost comically confident person to be able to say they were destined to be in movies and television. I don’t think I was destined, but I think I am of the personality type where the rejection or odds of something doesn’t scare me.”

 

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MAGGIE Q

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
You know her fromMission: Impossible IIILive Free or Die HardBalls of Fury
Current project: Since 2010, Maggie has starred in The CW’s Nikita, which is now going into its fourth season.

From Audrey Magazine: “When I first started acting, there were times where I absolutely didn’t know who I was, and because of that, the confidence didn’t follow. You feel lost and you’re always trying to find something that matters to you. But the older I get, the more I understand what my values are, who I am, what I believe in. And because of that, I’m able to have confidence.”

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JAMIE CHUNG

Hometown: San Francisco, California
You know her fromThe Real World: San DiegoSucker Punch
Current project: Jamie plays the recurring role of Mulan on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

From Audrey Magazine: “I just want to do the things I love and spend time with the people I care about and cut out the bullsh-t. Life is too short. … And that goes for food, too. If I want a burger, I’m going to eat a burger.”

 

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RINKO KIKUCHI

Hometown: Hadano, Japan
You know her from: Her Oscar nominated-role in Babel, this summer’s Pacific Rim
Current project: Rinko is in the upcoming movie 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves.

From Audrey Magazine: “Since Babel, I’ve had few roles in international films since there are so few roles for Japanese, [but] I want to continue working in the United States.”

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ELODIE YUNG

Hometown: Paris, France
You know her fromThe Girl with the Dragon TattooG.I. Joe: Retaliation
Current project: Elodie’s latest project, 10 Things I Hate About My Life, is slated for release in late 2013 and stars Evan Rachel Wood.

From Audrey Magazine:  “If I’m hired for an action film, there’s no point in me not trying everything, or at least as much as I can. This is not Shakespeare. It’s not about what I’m going to say. I’m not going to have a beautiful monologue. It’s about the action. As an actor, you should invest yourself as much as you can. I want to give 100 percent. It’s more fun that way.”
To read the full stories, purchase issues of Audrey Magazine and subscribe HERE

Amy Yakima & Alex Wong Perform BOLLYWOOD on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Its always quite a delight to see Bollywood as a dance style featured on such a mainstream dance show as So You Think You Can Dance. Not only is it a representation of beautiful Asian dance, its also just incredibly fun to watch.

Last night, the final 6 dancers of So You Think You Can Dance Season 10  gave it their all in hopes of claiming a spot in the finale. The judges have raved that this group of finalists is quite possibly the best they’ve seen yet. Admittedly, I had high expectations.

Luckily, they didn’t disappoint.

19-year-old Ukrainian jazz dancer, Amy Yakima was given Alex Wong as a partner to perform a Bollywood-style dance.

This is a big deal. 23-year-old Wong was a previous contestant on SYTYCD, but injured his Achilles tendon during rehearsals of his Bollywood number with Adechike Torbert, and was unable to perform. As it turned out, the injury required surgery and at least 3 months recovery time. Wong was forced to to withdraw from the competition.

Needless to say, everyone was holding their breath during this performance. We can only imagine the fear that Wong must have felt having to perform the very same style that took him out of the competition a few years ago.

Luckily, the performance was a success. Following a standing ovation from the judges, the two dancers were showered with compliments for their physically intense number. The performance was so well done that Amy secured her spot for the finals.

Check out the fun performance below: