After becoming the becoming the 1st Malaysian to appear on “The Ellen Show”, travel host-turned actor Henry Golding has been invited to another famous talk show, “The View”.
Similarly, Golding also became the 1st Malaysian to appear on the Emmy-winning daytime talk show where he talked about his debut movie “Crazy Rich Asians” where he plays the male lead Nick Young, a Singaporean man living in New York.
The 31-year-old actor who is of Malaysian Iban and English ancestry was interviewed by the hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin.
In the show, Golding discussed about issues on his racial identity which many – especially fans of “Crazy Rich Asians” book – deemed that he is not Asian enough for the role.
British-Malaysian actor @henrygolding says the controversy over his casting in #CrazyRichAsians is "a conversation that should be seen" because it shows "we want our films to tell authentic stories now." pic.twitter.com/X37pTaECOz
— The View (@TheView) July 24, 2018
“There were sort of outcries of whitewashing, but, you know, I don’t have hate for that,” Golding told The View. “I think it’s definitely a conversation that should be seen because it kind of just shows the studios that we’re watching [that] we’re very aware of how we want our films to tell authentic stories.”
“The one thing that I learned very young was to own my identity. And, I knew, I’m Asian through and through. There’s nothing I needed to prove. So when that came up, I wasn’t heartbroken or just sort of shield away from it. I think the best way to fight that sort of stuff is opening a dialogue. And that’s what we did,” Golding continued.
Also starring Contance Wu and Michelle Yeoh, “Crazy Rich Asians” is a romantic comedy movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s novel of the same name.
The movie is directed by Jon M.Chu and will be released in Malaysian cinemas on 22nd August 2018.
After “Crazy Rich Asians”, Henry Golding will be seen in Paul Feig’s “A Simple Favour” where he stars alongside Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.