Teen Wolf actress Arden Cho, 28, revealed to MOCHI: ‘There are days that I’m reading the script and I’m walking life as Kira, who is new to this school and awkward and dropping books and clumsy and just that girl.
It brings back haunting yet kind of fun memories of my high school experience. And it’s nice, because the difference is I’m actually accepted at Beacon Hills in the ‘Teen Wolf’ world. In high school I didn’t feel like I ever was.’
She was often the only non-white student in classrooms in Texas and Minnesota: ‘Here I was at 11, getting beat up for just being me. I was hospitalized twice when I was a kid. I was pushed off a bus. I had two teeth knocked out, a chipped tooth, [and] I still wear a wire.. my entire face was cut up. It was bad. It took me six months to completely recover.’
She was crowned Miss Korea Chicago 2004 while she was a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and met with agencies in Korea to become a model: ‘I didn’t fit the standard of beauty in Asia. They wanted me to get a lot of work done. Not just one or two things, I’m talking, like, 20… Nose, eyes, hairline, lips, cheeks, jawbone, neck, legs, everything.’
On Teen Wolf: ‘It’s really encouraging to hear it, because it’s always hard coming into a storyline that’s already loved. Even watching the show, I can’t help but love Allison and Scott. I was such a big fan of Scallison, and then to be the one who has to come in and not break it up, but be the new one—I was a little bit hesitant and scared about what the fan response would be.’
I’m single right now. I’m dating ‘Teen Wolf,’ that’s for sure.’ She didn’t seriously date in high school or college and was notorious for being friend-zoned. Is this pretty much the high school experience she always wanted? ‘Kind of. I guess I can say, in a guilty way, I’m totally reliving [high school] in the way that I always hoped it would be.’