5 things about the gorgeous Henry Golding
1. He was a barber as a kid
Henry Golding used to spend his Saturdays working at the barbershop in the UK as a kid. The 31-year-old British-Malaysian artiste even entered an apprenticeship after he finished secondary school and worked his way up to earn a spot at the prestigious Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa in London.
2. He worked as a host and presenter for eight years
Inspired by the infectious energy he saw from MTV Asia, Golding returned to Malaysia in 2008 to make a mark in television. With a career of 8 years, he has since hosted BBC 2's The Travel Show and Discovery Channel's Surviving Borneo just to name a few.
3. He was hesitant to audition for Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians is the first major motion picture to star an all-Asian cast in 25 years and when Golding received the call to audition for the lead, he was naturally hesitant. "No, I'm a travel host, I'm sure there's like a million other legitimate actors," he said in an interview. But director Jon M. Chu convinced him otherwise and the role of Nick Young became Golding's.
4. His childhood dream was to act in Hollywood
Golding's family was about to leave Malaysia for England when the lad was eight-years-old. He sat at the beach, thought about his future and concluded that he wanted to be a Hollywood star. "Ever since, I've always dreamed - and always knew - that at some point I would get into acting and hopefully aim towards obviously the highest possible achievement: Hollywood."
5. He wants to do sci-fi next
Besides his debut feature film, Crazy Rich Asians, Golding will also star as Blake Lively's husband in the Paul Feig-directed thriller, A Simple Favour. Moving forward, Golding wants to do sci-fi next. "When I watch a movie, I want to be taken away into worlds that are beyond my imagination," said Golding in an interview. "I want to tell amazing stories that inspire, that bring you out of your reality, give you dreams to be bigger and better than yourself. Hopefully I can be that conduit," he adds.
Crazy Rich Asians comes to Singapore theatres on 22 August.
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