Brenda Song claims she wasn’t “Asian enough” for “Crazy Rich Asians.” The movie’s director tells a different story
Former Disney star Brenda Song said in an interview released Wednesday that she wasn’t given the opportunity to audition for “Crazy Rich Asians” because her “image was basically not Asian enough.” But the blockbuster’s director swiftly denied the claim on Twitter — and said he “feels horrible” she believes “this is the reason.”
“Their reasoning behind that, what they said was that my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words. It broke my heart,” she said. “I said, ‘This character is in her late to mid-20s, an Asian American, and I can’t even audition for it? I’ve auditioned for Caucasian roles my entire career, but this specific role, you’re not going to let me do it?”
Jon M. Chu, the romantic comedy’s director, refuted Song’s claim on Twitter in replies to several tweets about the story.
“??Nope. I love @BrendaSong and that sucks if anything of that nature was ever communicated. It’s gross actually,” he tweeted Wednesday night. “The fact is, obviously I know who she is and didn’t need her to audition. I’m a fan of hers! Nothing more nothing less. Bums me out she thought it was anything but.”
??Nope. I love @BrendaSong and that sucks if anything of that nature was ever communicated. It’s gross actually. The fact is, obviously I know who she is and didn’t need her to audition. I’m a fan of hers! 🤷🏻♂️Nothing more nothing less. Bums me out she thought it was anything but.
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) November 20, 2019
He also added in another tweet that the words would never come out of his mouth and reiterated that he feels “horrible” that she “thinks this is the reason.”
He also appeared to allude to the allegation in a tweet about the movie’s casting process……..read more
Source: CBS News