Actor and comedian Ken Jeong is advocating for more Asian representation in Hollywood and reflected on the success of “Crazy Rich Asians.”
The movie was nominated for two Golden Globes and won the Critics’ Choice for Best Comedy.
“I think that the fact that ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ was under the whole umbrella of awards season, the fact that we were even invited to the dance was, was amazing,” Jeong said. “Like Awkwafina and Constance are presenting at the Oscars. To me, it’s the legacy of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ kind of lives on. And so to be a part of that, none of us expected.”
Jeong thinks that the movie is a “new chapter,” not only because it’s the first all-Asian American studio movie in 25 years, but because if it’s worldwide success. Because of this, there are more projects being greenlit featuring an all-Asian American cast.
With his new Netflix special and more projects coming, Jeong hopes the “movement” continues for a long time.
“This chapter, at least of my career, I think about the future a lot more than I did. You know, just starting out I think about my kids if they, you know, if my daughters want to get into entertainment,” he said. “You know, now you have amazingly strong Asian American role models…”