Fourteen-year-old actress Ashley Liao has had a pretty busy 2016, most notably as the recurring character Lola in Netflix’s Fuller House and as Audrey in an episode of Fresh Off the Boat. Not bad for a newcomer, whose first credited role was only in 2014.
Liao sat down with Mochi Magazine to talk about being a part of the Netflix reboot of Full House, how her character challenges Asian stereotypes. Up next: new projects like the film Jessica Darling’s It List and the Amazon show The Kicks.
MM: What have viewers thought about your character Lola?
Ashley: Through social media, I’ve noticed that a lot of girls relate to Lola, not because of her character, but because she’s Asian. They’re really finding it inspiring that they have somebody they can look up to in the industry that is the ethnicity that they are. So in that way, it’s been awesome to see that little girls have been inspired by my character.
MM: I like that a lot of the shows you’re on, like The Kicks, have a great message to them.
Ashley: When I actually auditioned for The Kicks, I didn’t know it was based off [soccer player and Olympic gold medalist] Alex Morgan’s book, but since I’ve been on the show, I’ve learned that this really is a girl-empowered show because it’s an all-girl soccer team and it’ll inspire young girls to go out and do what they want to do, even if people think that they can’t do it. I loved that overall message within the show, so I do enjoy doing projects that have that kind of message in them.