Henry Golding who plays Nick Young has an accountant to thank for his starring role in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’. When Jon Chu the director was casting for the part of Nick Young he was having trouble finding the right man. That’s when Lisa-Kim Kuan an accountant who works in the Malaysian production office came to the rescue and suggested Henry Golding.
When Golding appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon he gave Lisa a shout out.
“There’s this lovely woman in accounting. Her name’s Lisa Kim. If you’re out there Lisa Kim, I still owe you one. I love you Lisa! She was like, ‘I met this guy about five years ago in Malaysia. I don’t know what he’s doing now, but for me he was this character Nick Young,” Golding told Jimmy.
Henry Golding who didn’t have much acting experience didn’t even think about trying out for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’. He was busy being a travel host when he got a bunch of emails from Chu. He kept turning it down because of his lack of experience.
“They sent me about three or four emails asking me to audition. But I was like, ‘no no no no no I’m not an actor. I’m sure there’s somebody absolutely amazing ready for this role. And the studio’s not going to gamble on a newbie or a greenhorn, ” Golding said.
Eventually, Chu convinced Golding to come audition and the rest is history.
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Later that day Golding posted a picture of Lisa Kim and himself at an event 5 years ago in Kuala Lumpur.
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So this ladies and gentlemen is THE Lisa-Kim I mentioned on @fallontonight … We had met at an event that I was hosting in Kuala Lumpur, 5 years ago. She put my name forward to @jonmchu and subsequently created the Nick Young you see in @crazyrichasians. She LOVES hello Kitty and the colour pink, so I scoured the whole of Singapore for the perfect gift… A pink hello kitty coffee mug 😻 This was a picture before we had started filming. Love ya Lisa-kim❤️ @hellolisakim
Vulture tracked down Lisa Kim Kuan and interviewed her. In it, she relays that she immediately brought up Golding’s name when an executive producer for the film told her they were having difficulties fulfilling the role of Nick Young. She told Vulture,
“I was a guest at an event in 2013, a travel show. I can’t recall what it was called. It was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. And Henry was presenting the show. I read Crazy Rich Asians after the event. As I was reading the book, I thought of Henry being the perfect Nick Young. You know how it is when you read a book and you imagine the person to be in that perfect role?”
When asked how she felt when Henry got the part she said,
“I was ecstatic. Once the announcement was made that Henry was playing Nick Young, girls were swooning over him. I was at a Brian McKnight concert and overheard a group of girls talking about Henry. They kept saying how handsome he is, but they also could not understand how he got the part when he was not an actor. I smiled and walked away.”
And if asked if she got a thanks she said,
“When he first came to the Kuala Lumpur office for a fitting, Jon introduced us. Henry did thank me then.”
Let’s all send some love and a big shout out to Lisa Kim Kuan cause if it wasn’t for her the world wouldn’t know who this beautiful man meat named Henry Golding is.