Aziz Ansari is hopeful American TV will have more Indian, Asian faces

  • IANS, Los Angeles
  • Updated: May 26, 2016 17:02 IST
Co-creator and actor Aziz Ansari attends the Netflix's Master of None Emmy Season Screening and Panel, in Beverly Hills, California, on May 18, 2016. (AFP)

Master of None star Aziz Ansari has given out some scoop on the upcoming second season of the hit Netflix series. He says it will feature more Indian and Asian actors as American TV is going to become more diverse in coming times.

Ansari along with actress Kerry Washington talked about the diversity issue in Hollywood for the Actors on Actors series and the duo struggled to find why the TV industry has received so much praise for improvements in diversity, reports

Read: Master of None Aziz Ansari is angry at Hollywood’s lack of diversity

“I feel like everybody’s talked so much about how there’s more diversity on TV than in film. I don’t understand why. Do you?” Washington asked Ansari.

To that, Ansari replied: “I don’t know. If I had to guess I feel like there’s more diverse creators.”

Entertainer Aziz Ansari and his mother Fatima Ansari arrive for a state dinner for Nordic leaders at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP)

“Our show (Master of None), it’s Indian guy, Asian guy, so there’s going to be more Indian people, Asian people.”

Ansari shared that the whole cast of Master of None, including American actor Noel Wells and Taiwanese actor Kelvin Yu, are like a “diverse group of friends.”

“We have a diverse group of friends and we didn’t even really think about it when we were making the show that ‘oh this is diverse’. We were just like this feels real,” Ansari said.

The lack of diversity in Hollywood became a heated topic during the 2015 Oscars and again during the 2016 Oscars. Celebrities and fans took to social media to voice their disapproval of the minimal presence of people of colour in film and TV.

The second season of Master of None will be aired in 2017.

Watch Aziz and Kerry Washington in their Actors on Actors segment:

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