The director of “Crazy Rich Asians” responds to Brenda Song’s claim that she was “not Asian enough” to audition for the film.
The “Dollface” actress made the allegation in an interview with Teen Vogue published Wednesday.
“A lot of people don't know this, but I never got to read for ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ever,” the former Disney Channel star exclaimed.
Though she asked for a meeting, “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” alum says she was rejected for not being a good fit.
“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 dished. “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? You’re going to fault me for having worked my whole life?’ I was like, ‘Where do I fit?’”
However, shortly after her interview went viral, director Jon Chu refuted the allegations on Twitter.
“Nope. I love @BrendaSong and that sucks if anything of that nature was ever communicated. It’s gross actually,” he wrote to a fan. “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.”
While responding to an Entertainment Weekly article about the controversy, he continued, “Would these words ever come out of my mouth? Nope makes no sense. I feel horrible she thinks this is the reason. The fact is I love Brenda Song and am a fan.”
Additionally, the filmmaker — who also directed “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” — reposted a 2018 article about the movie’s open casting call.
“One of my favorite memories of making #CrazyRichAsians was when we opened the auditions to anyone in the world with our open call,” he added. “We watched hundreds &hundreds of videos from very talented people from all around the world. Made us tear up many times.”
One of my favorite memories of making #CrazyRichAsians was when we opened the auditions to anyone in the world with our open call. We watched hundreds &hundreds of videos from very talented people from all around the world. Made us tear up many times. https://t.co/G5e64q0zmf— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) November 21, 2019
The 2018 flick, starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding, grossed $238.5 million worldwide.