Henry Golding, the sexy breakout star of box office hit Crazy Rich Asians, will soon be staring in a new film, Monsoon, by writer-director Hong Khaou. Golding recently sat down and talked with Logo’s NewNowNext about the role and his inspiration to play a gay character.
Golding brought up his time as a hairdresser in England as his introduction to the LGBTQ community.
I was a hairstylist, so the environment I grew up in, it was normal. My upbringing was, “Be good unto others, be kind, stay healthy, and be happy.” [My parents] never set barriers. And being surrounded by that community, I saw it for what it is: a very loving, inclusive community. The thing is, it’s so normal for me; it’s weird when people ask me about it, it’s strange they’re asking me something so obvious. You don’t realize there are some people who are still affected by all this crap.
I felt so strongly about it that in my third film [Monsoon] my character is gay. I wanted to portray a character with heart—and the fact that it’s his story that shines through, not the fact that he’s gay. He has this wonderful relationship, but the truth of the matter is the material really lends itself to his journey.
Fans have fallen in love with Golding, describing him as “Daddy AF.”
— NewNowNext (@NewNowNext) September 12, 2018
What’s good for the girls is good for the guys.
when your boyfriend thinks Henry Golding is daddy af too
— Pei Jhen (@Peigeonnn) August 16, 2018
I'm so excited for this! And Henry Golding is daddy af
— Janelle ✨ (@sinigangshorty) April 4, 2017
Henry Golding just ate Balut! He is Daddy AF!
— N (@MissNeats_) May 8, 2018
Golding is currently staring in A Simple Favor alongside Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. It opens this Friday.
5 days ago, Emily went missing… Watch the NEW official trailer for #ASimpleFavor starring @AnnaKendrick47 and @BlakeLively, and discover what happened to Emily❓In theaters September 14. pic.twitter.com/FSHwCBHYXX
— A Simple Favor (@ASimpleFavor) July 13, 2018
His fan base continues to grow.
I can’t believe we got to watch Henry Golding on the big screen this month. We’ll get 2! I REPEAT. TWO Henry Golding movies; “Crazy Rich Asian” (September 11) and “A Simple Favor” (September 14). pic.twitter.com/PDoCYWu8ks
— Fitri Rizki Sugianto (@doubleqiew) September 3, 2018
I was moderately interested in A Simple Favor before. The fact Anna Kendrick is in it is a huge no for me. But then they started putting Henry Golding in the commercials and now I’m on board again. ♀️
— . (@Disneygal99) September 12, 2018
— Kopitiam Bot (@KopitiamBot) September 12, 2018
We think this is just the beginning for this leading man.