Corbin Bleu Talks About Growing Up Biracial And The 'Token Black' Role In Hollywood (VIDEO)
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Before "High School Musical" star Corbin Bleu became a teenage heartthrob at age 16, he was a young boy who found himself targeted by bullies who didn't understand him. From Bleu's love of ballet and tap to his mixed race, the now-24-year-old entertainer struggled with feeling misunderstood by his peers. His race, especially, was a question among other children.
"The whole bullying thing is a very important thing for me," he says on an episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?". "I remember growing up and having so many kids ask, 'Wait, so what are you?'"
Upon learning that Bleu's mother is white, other kids became confused. To Bleu, there was -- and is -- nothing complicated about his heritage. "I identify with my Italian culture, I identify with my Jamaican culture," Bleu says.
The rest of the world, however, doesn't always see the actor as biracial. "Of course, in society, I am considered 'black,'" Bleu says.
Bleu says he saw this same mentality in his professional life as well.
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