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Gemma Chan on the cover of Vogue Singapore, November/December 2021.

Gemma Chan on the cover of Vogue Singapore, November/December 2021.

'Eternals' actress Gemma Chan covers the November/December 2021 'Eternity' issue of Vogue Singapore, as photographed by Liz Collins, and styled by Konca Aykan.

On the shift in Asian representation on screen: "I’m not surprised, but I didn’t think that this change would happen within the span of my working life. Things have improved in many ways and quite rapidly, although I think there is a lot we need to do to ensure this is not just a trend or a moment, but change that lasts. I mean this in terms of better representation across the board, whether you are talking about race, ethnicity, disability or all kinds of groups that have been marginalised and not had the chance to tell their own stories. What is finally sinking in is that representation shouldn’t be tokenistic. It’s not for the sake of it and it’s not box-ticking, but it enhances storytelling and makes it more authentic. People are also understanding now that stories can be universal and don’t just appeal to the people depicted in them. In the past, I’m sure that the received wisdom in Hollywood was that if a film didn’t have central characters who were Caucasian, Caucasian audiences wouldn’t respond. But we have found that to be untrue. I’m optimistic for the future."

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