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Brenda Song Claims She Wasn’t ‘Asian Enough’ To Audition For ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

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Brenda Song Claims She Wasn’t ‘Asian Enough’ To Audition For ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Brenda Song Claims She Wasn’t ‘Asian Enough’ To Audition For ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Well, here’s something that sounds a bit “crazy.” Disney star Brenda Song says she wasn’t able to audition for the popular romantic-comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” because she wasn’t “Asian enough!”

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The actress who rose to fame after playing London Tipton on Disney Channel’s “Suite Life of Zach and Cody,” revealed in a recent interview with Teen Vogue’s Gabe Bergado, that she tried to set up an audition for a role in the Jon M. Chu-helmed movie, but wasn’t given a chance. She explained, “that lot of people don’t know this, but I never got to read for ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ever.” She said her team came back to her with the message that she wasn’t right for a role in their eyes. “Their reasoning behind that, what they said was that my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words,” Song explained, adding that “it broke my heart.”

She went on to say,

“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?’” Now, despite that, the director for “Crazy Rich Asians” has actually responded to the actresses’ claims and denying that she was passed over for an audition because she was deemed “not Asian enough.”

Jon M. Chu disputed that and said,
“Would these words ever come out of my mouth? Nope makes no sense,” he tweeted. “I feel horrible she thinks this is the reason. The fact is I love Brenda Song and am a fan. I didn’t need her to audition because I already knew who she was!” He tweeted.

He also tweeted a 2018 article about the open casting call for the film. He wrote in the caption:

“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 of &hundreds of videos from very talented people from all around the world. It made us tear up many times.“

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