GOLDEN GOLDING. Actor Henry Golding poses for a portrait at
the Orlando Hotel in Los Angeles. Golding, who starred in the
hit film Crazy Rich Asians, was named as one of 2018ís
Breakthrough Entertainers of the Year by The Associated Press.
For Golding, his rise has certainly been pretty wild ever since
director Jon M. Chu chose him to star in Crazy Rich Asians
without any movie appearances. Golding had primarily worked as a
television host for shows on BBC, Discovery Channel Asia, and
ESPN Asia networks. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
From The Asian Reporter, V28, #24 (December 17, 2018),
Goldingís Crazy Rich Asians stardom
lands him more roles
By Jonathan Landrum Jr.
AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES ó Even though Henry Golding garnered instant fame
from starring in the smash hit Crazy Rich Asians, the
British-Malaysian actor isnít sure if heíll ever eclipse his
meteoric success in the box-office hit.
"I donít know how Iím going to top this year. Itís all
downhill from here," he told The Associated Press recently, with
a twinge of sarcasm.
Even Golding knows that viewers are clamoring for more of the
31-year-old actor, who starred in his first-ever movie role as
the suave, Oxford-educated heir Nick Young in Crazy Rich
Asians, the romantic comedy that spent three weeks at the
top of the North American box office and grossed more than $173
million in North America alone.
It was the first Hollywood film to have a predominantly
Asian-American cast since The Joy Luck Club, which
debuted 25 years ago.
Golding had a sense the movie would resonate with audiences
when filming it because it "was an amazing work of art." But it
wasnít until after the movieís release that he was able to
measure its impact on viewers.
"Thatís when I started getting messages. People were coming
up to me saying the movie is amazing. You guys did such a
fantastic job. It means so much to me to see our faces portrayed
on the big screen," he said. "For me, it was wild."
For Golding, his rise has certainly been pretty wild ever
since director Jon M. Chu chose him to star in Crazy Rich
Asians without any movie appearances. Golding had primarily
worked as a television host for shows on BBC, Discovery Channel
Asia, and ESPN Asia networks.
Now, Golding is on the fast track as others are seeing the
potential in him. After Crazy Rich Asians, he took on a
much darker role in Paul Feigís thriller A Simple Favor
starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick.
Next, Golding will be playing a gay British-Vietnamese man
who travels to his birth country in Vietnam to scatter the ashes
of his parents in the film Monsoon, expected to be
released in 2019. Heíll also star in Guy Ritchieís Toff Guys
with Matthew McConaughey and Kate Beckinsale.
Golding said his recent projects have given him more
confidence. Heís been putting in extra work through acting
classes to hone his skills.
"If youíre looking for longevity, you have to be a hard
worker," he said. "You have to put in the due diligence. Youíve
got to be that people person. Essentially you become a
commodity. You need to be that showman. ... Itís a long road,
but Iím getting to that point."