LA Mode – I get to meet Chloe Bennet, one of the ambassadors of the beautiful philosophy of BOSS ALIVE perfume, on the phone. Despite the fact that we are in different time zones and on different continents (Chloe lives in Los Angeles), I immediately feel the warmth and positive energy emanating from her. This is one of these woman to woman conversations which I find very inspiring and memorable.
You are a part of the beautiful project that is BOSS ALIVE and the philosophy of living the life to the fullest that is connected with it. Please tell me what makes you feel alive?
I think having time with my family makes me feel alive, when we meet and have a really big energetic meal. I grew up in a big family so my most prized time to this day is always just a big, joyful family meal. Spending quality time with my friends and my family definitely brings me joy. Being creative and working on set makes me feel alive, too.
Recently we have been affected by changes connected with Coronavirus, which forced us to alter our lifestyle. How are you coping with this?
That’s true, there has been so much change recently, but it has also been a really interesting time for everybody. I think the key to coping with it is positive thinking. Every day you wake up and you try to see the positive aspects of the situation. For me, for instance, having some forced downtime has been somewhat of a blessing in disguise. I’ve been working non-stop for ten years straight but now I have time, for example, to read books and to rediscover what I like outside of work. For many women, especially driven women who are passionate about their work, like me, it’s hard to slow down. It has been really nice to rediscover my love of certain books and painting and cooking and just picking up the phone, calling my family and having longer conversations with them without rushing anywhere. So, I actually feel almost more connected to people than I did before.
The cast and producers of Marvel’s #AgentsofSHIELD get together for a virtual chat as we head into the final season!
Playboy – The woman behind Daisy “Skye/Quake” Johnson talks diversity, time travel and her emotional last day on set
All good things must come to an end—including, to the dismay of countless of Marvel fans, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., whose final season premieres this week on ABC.
Developed and co-created by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron), the series is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios as a small-screen outpost of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It explores the inner workings of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division) and has introduced us to new agents such as Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen, and the enigmatic Daisy “Skye/Quake” Johnson, played by rising star Chloe Bennet.
From her mysterious origins to her many tragic love story lines, Daisy has become a standout character and fan favorite. (Don’t worry, Fitz and Simmons; we love you too.) Her transformation from the awkward rookie agent Skye to the formidable Inhuman known as Quake has been a rewarding journey—for loyal viewers of the show and for Bennet herself.
Prior to S.H.I.E.L.D., Bennet had a brief stint as a pop star in China. (Look up the video for her “Uh Oh” single under her former name, Chloe Wang; it’s a hoot.) She would later shift her focus to acting and land a co-host gig on TeenNick’s The Nightlife, followed by a recurring role as Hailey on ABC’s Nashville. But her character on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the dream role that catapulted her into the spotlight gazed upon by legions of Marvel fans. Since S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted in 2013, Bennet has also nabbed lead roles in MGM’s 1980s-set musical rom-com Valley Girl and voiced Yi in the animated DreamWorks feature Abominable—a role special to her because of its representation of Asian Americans. Next up she’ll star in the drama 5 Years Apart, which currently has a to-be-determined release date. Bennet is also the co-founder of RUN (Represent. Us. Now.), an organization devoted to being a political and cultural voice for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
With S.H.I.E.L.D.’s swan song arriving in a matter of weeks, a major chapter of Bennet’s life is coming to a close—something she’s still coming to terms with. Bennet, who like us is currently practicing social distancing, spoke with Playboy about her emotional final days on the show that made her a star. She also discussed how her own half-Asian heritage made its way into the story line, along with her thoughts on diversity in Hollywood, time travel and whether she believes in extraterrestrial life.
PLAYBOY: Let’s get the obvious question out of the way. How are you handling this whole quarantine situation?
BENNET: I’m just doing the best I can. I wake up, panic, eat breakfast, panic. Scroll through Instagram, panic. Try to journal and do something healthy, panic. I think that’s normal. I do puzzles now—like a thousand-piece puzzle. And it’s honestly harder than I thought. I’m just trying to not be panicked about the fact that I panicked, and I think that’s been the best way of doing it. But honestly, seven seasons of S.H.I.E.L.D. prepared me for something like this. It feels like we’re living out a real-life S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, so luckily I’m relatively used to it.
PLAYBOY: Let’s talk some S.H.I.E.L.D. I don’t know what the script-reveal process is like, but what was your first reaction to reading the script for the very last episode?
BENNET: I’m almost always the last person to see or read anything. We get them very last-minute. I actually have video footage of me before reading it. I don’t know why I’m super dramatic, but I vividly remember the last script. I remember seeing it pop up in my e-mail—to have that finally pop up after seven years, knowing it was the last one, was pretty surreal. I kind of made a moment out of it: I lit a candle, I got a glass of wine, I read it, I cried. It was odd knowing we still had to shoot it, and it’s a big, big episode. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. moved very quickly. Quarantine has been interesting, because it’s giving me a lot of time to reflect on how crazy, chaotic and special that experience was.
PLAYBOY: Overall, are you satisfied with Daisy Johnson’s ending?
BENNET: I would say I’m pretty happy with it. Obviously it’s an ensemble show, so I’m invested in the other characters as much as I am with Daisy. It’s really hard to wrap up everyone’s characters, but they did a really sweet and wonderful job at giving the actors and the fans some closure for each character. And they do it in a cool way. I think for anyone who has been watching the show since season one, it’s a very rewarding ending.
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Last year Chloe was on the Gabbie Hanna show All My Plants Are Dead were she talk’s about toxic friendships and what makes one toxic or not and make’s up plant names. Thanks to Daily Bennet for finding this video to start with.
People.com – The actress opens up about designing her first West Coast home, a 1920s bungalow in Hollywood. When it comes to her home, Chloe Bennet takes matters into her own hands. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress, 27, purchased her first home in Los Angeles two years ago, and working on the 1920s bungalow is her way to get creative off-set.
“Design is scary because it’s not like you can make a sketch and say, ‘That nose looks weird. I’m just going to erase it,’” she says. “It’s kind of like an intense spike of adrenaline when you’re putting a room together. I love it.”
While neutral colors play a large role in her “peaceful” home, the Abominable star also adds pops of colors — like in her pink-hued loft closet — to bring her space to life.
“I didn’t want to do pink at all! I was going to do totally clean,” she says. “I wanted to find a pink that felt like a neutral, then I saw that color and just went for it.”
The family-oriented Bennet previously let her seven brothers take over her loft when they visited, but “then I quickly was like, “This is my house. Why don’t I just fully make every space something that I want?”
To transform the room, the entertainer had a pair of crystal chandeliers featuring handmade daisies, hanging racks, a giant mirror and vintage dressers brought in. When she’s getting ready for a night out, Bennet can be found on the floor surrounded by makeup and hair products — with a glass of bubbly in hand.
“Every time I trick myself into thinking I’m a vanity girl, I’m just not,” she says. “I built the whole room around the idea of getting to sit on the floor or a pouf and put my makeup on. It’s a fun place to get ready with friends.”
On weekends, she loves shopping at flea markets, and many of her favorite pieces — like the brown couch in her office — were hard-won steals.
“That couch was covered in a bunch of other s—t, and I was like, ‘That’s the couch that I need,” she says. “It was $200, and my dad said, ‘That’s disgusting!’ I told him, ‘Just wait. I’m going to make an amazing room around it.’ And then off of that couch, I did everything else.”
While picking out wallpaper for her office, Bennet was looking for “something kind of loud but with earthy tones,” she says. The star runs lines, writes, creates music and more in the room, which ties in the pink color found around the rest of her home.
With dozens of plants throughout her home and her two pups, Arthur and Wally, welcoming her back after long press tours, the Chicago native says she finally feels settled in Los Angeles.
“After I bought this house is when I realized I like living in L.A.,” she says. “My home is here, and it’s my safe space for sure. There’s honestly no feeling like it.”
Chloe Bennet, star of the upcoming film ‘Abominable’, talks about the importance of family in the film, and how it relates closely to her life growing up. Chloe, you are a certified Dad!, Chloe Bennet, star of ‘Agents of Shield’ and the upcoming film ‘Abominable’, is pitched some out of the box movie ideas by The Dad Club’s very own Rob King and Matt Fisher. Chloe, all we ask is that you actually make these movies with us.
“Abominable,” the latest movie from DreamWorks Animation, is the first CGI-animated move from a big studio that stars an all-Chinese cast and is set in China, according to director Jill Culton. She and the cast, which includes Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai and Tenzing Norgay Trainor, discuss how the movie uses elements of Chinese culture in its animation and how it bucks traditional gender roles.
What’s so special about the Chinese appearance in the movie “Abominable”? Chloe Bennet has some insights to share with you!
Chloe Bennet leads an all-Asian main cast as the voice of Yi, the lead character of the new animated film
Chloe Bennet Interview Abominable and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Final Season
Dreamworks’ newest animated feature film Abominable opens this week. The film from writer/director Jill Culton centers on Yi, a young teenager processing the loss of her father, who takes it upon herself to return a runaway Yeti named Everest back to his family in the Himalayas. It’s a hero’s journey for a young woman who discovers a power she never knew she had, learns to confront her personal loss, and rediscovers the power of family. Yi is voiced by Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennett who does a fantastic job voicing her first lead character in a feature film. Yi is joined on this quest by her two friends, the enthusiastic, sports loving Peng (Albert Tsai) and the fussy Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor). This makeshift family must find a way to bring Everest home and avoid the villainous Burnish (Eddie Izzard) and the possibly villainous Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) in the process.
Before the film’s release, I sat down with Chloe Bennet to discuss what spoke to her most powerfully about the emotional journey of Yi. We also discuss what a unique character Yi is and what Bennet hopes she will represent to young people everywhere who are processing loss in their lives or experiencing their own journeys of self discovery. She also gives me a unique one word answer to describe the upcoming season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read the questions that I asked Chloe down below and watch the video above to see her answers. Abominable also features the voices of Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, James Hong, and Tsai Chin.