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."