Up to now, her Hollywood movie credits have been minor.

(LA Times: In China's 'money worshiping' movie industry, stars' high pay becomes a target of the central government)

I think credits here means this kind of thing, enter image description here

I know minor means small, child. It doesn't make sense here.

  • Yes, I know credits, but what is "credits have been minor"?
    – Zhang
    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:15
  • I know minor means small, child. It doesn't make sense here.
    – Zhang
    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:16

2 Answers 2


From Dictionary.com

  • credit
    1. the ascription or acknowledgment of something as due or properly attributable to a person, institution, etc.: She got a screen credit for photography.
  • minor
    1. lesser, as in size, extent, or importance, or being or noting the lesser of two: a minor share.

When an actor receives credit on a show or movie, it means they played a role and their name was acknowledged in a list at the end of the film for that role. The list at the end is called the closing credits, often the credits. What the article is trying to say is that she has been credited with minor roles, or that her roles were minor.

The article immediately goes on to say

She appeared in “X men: Days of Future Past” as a mutant called Blink, a name befitting her brief talking scene, and she was cast as an unnamed nurse in “Iron Man 3,” a U.S.-China co-production that added scenes of Fan for the Chinese market.

In that X-Men movie, she played a minor role in a brief talking scene, as opposed to Hugh Jackman, who had a major role playing the iconic Wolverine.


Credits here doesn't mean "The list of people who helped to make a film, a CD, or a television programme".

It means reputation here.

So, the sentence here means her reputation is small in Hollywood.

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