There’s no denying the groundbreaking success of Crazy Rich Asians. Hailed by critics and the general public alike, and having grossed a whopping $238 million in the box office, it’s currently recognized as the highest-grossing romantic comedy of the 2010s. Two years after the film first launched, its cast continue to reap the fruits of CRA’s global fame through their individual careers.
Now, while we wait for them to start filming for Crazy Rich Asians 2, here’s what Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, and the rest of the cast have been up to ever since CRA launched their names on a global stage.
1. Constance Wu as Rachel Chu
Constance Wu, who’s starred in numerous films and TV shows prior to Crazy Rich Asians, has since continued to foster her thriving acting career. After CRA, her next critically acclaimed film came just a year later with Hustlers, a crime drama where she starred alongside Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, and Lili Reinhart. The film was both a critical and commercial success, and even earned Constance a Best Actress nomination for the 24th Satellite Awards. Meanwhile, the actress’ well-loved Asian-American sitcom Fresh off the Boat recently concluded its five-year run with its 6th season last February 2020.
Watch the trailer for Hustlers below.
2. Henry Golding as Nick Young
Crazy Rich Asians served as Henry Golding’s breakout role. Prior to the film’s release in 2018, he only had a few hosting gigs to show for until he finally catapulted to Hollywood stardom after appearing on the big screen as the dashing Nick Young. He’s since top-billed on several movies including Monsoon, Last Christmas with Emilia Clarke, and the star-studded action-comedy The Gentlemen. He also has two upcoming movies, namely Snake Eyes, and The Tiger’s Apprentice to be released on 2021, and 2023 respectively.
3. Gemma Chan as Astrid Leong-Teo
Gemma Chan took the superhero route after charming the whole world as Astrid Leong on CRA. The actress was cast as Sersi on the film adaptation of Marvel’s Eternals, which is currently slated for a 2021 release. On the same year, she also appeared in Brie Larson’s version of Captain Marvel as Minn-Erva, the heroine’s colleague in the Star Force. Adding to her growing repertoire, Gemma has also been confirmed for the upcoming psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling where she’s set to star alongside Florence Pugh, and international singer-songwriter Harry Styles.
4. Awkwafina as Goh Peik Lin
Crazy Rich Asians did wonders for Awkwafina’s acting career. The film, coupled with her appearance in Ocean’s 8 in the same year, brought her numerous film roles, with a total of five movies in 2019 alone. She currently has four more major projects in the pipeline, including the Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and a voice acting role in the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid with Halle Bailey. Awkwafina memorably starred in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama The Farewell in 2019, for which she received several Best Actress nominations from various award-giving bodies.
Watch the trailer for The Farewell below.
5. Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young
Veteran actress Michelle Yeoh immediately reunited with her on-screen son, Henry Golding, on the 2019 holiday film, Last Christmas. She’s also been confirmed to join Awkwafina on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Both of their roles in the Marvel flick have yet to be disclosed. Apart from this, Michelle will be appearing on the second and third installments of James Cameron’s 2009 epic sci-fi project Avatar, as Dr. Karina Mogue. Filming for the third movie is currently under way.
6. Sonoya Mizuno as Araminta Lee
Sonoya Mizuno, a.k.a. the fabulous Araminta on CRA, transitioned to television roles after Crazy Rich Asians. In the latter half of 2018 she starred in the Netflix psychological miniseries titled Maniac with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. Her most recent project sees her as the lead star for the Hulu-based sci-fi miniseries, Devs, which premiered on the streaming site last March 2020.
7. Chris Pang as Colin Khoo
Meanwhile, Chris Pang, who portrayed Araminta’s fiance Colin Khoo on the film, put on his producer hat last 2019 for the Manila-based independent film, Empty by Design. He also starred in the said movie along with Filipina actress Rhian Ramos. Netflix subscribers can also catch a glimpse of the actor for his supporting role on the most recent revival of Charlie’s Angels.