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Brenda Song wasn't allowed to audition for Crazy Rich Asians because she was 'not Asian enough'

Brenda Song wasn't allowed to audition for Crazy Rich Asians because she was 'not Asian enough'

EW has reached out to a representative for Song for further comment on the matter.

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[Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Brenda Song was discouraged by her managers from auditioning for Crazy Rich Asians . Her managers were told by the production that Song “wasn’t right for a role in their eyes.”]

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Brenda Song has been working with Disney since 2000, starring in a variety of Disney Channel Original Movies and famously playing one of pop culture’s original crazy rich asians, hotel heiress London Tipton on the show  The Suite Life of Zack and Cody .

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Much to her surprise though, when she heard news of a Crazy Rich Asians   movie, adapted from a book series she was a fan of, the actress tells  Teen Vogue  that the production told her managers they weren’t even considering her for an audition for the groundbreaking film.

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Their reasoning behind that, what they said was that my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words,” says Song. For her, an Asian-American comedic actress in her mid-to-late 20s at the time to be denied a chance to audition for the late-twentysomething Asian-American lead in a romantic comedy puzzled Song.

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Everett Collection More “I’ve auditioned for Caucasian roles my entire career, but this specific role, you’re not going to let me do it? You’re going to fault me for having worked my whole life?’” the actress laments. “I was like, ‘Where do I fit?’”

The whole episode pushed Song to take time off to travel, and when she returned to Los Angeles with a renewed outlook, she quickly booked a role in the Netflix thriller Secret Obsession .

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Now Song currently stars on Hulu’s new comedy series Dollface  along with fellow former teen stars Kat Dennings and Shay Mitchell , but here’s hoping producers have a change of heart and save room for her in the upcoming sequel to Crazy Rich Asians.

EW has reached out to a representative for Song for further comment on the matter.

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[Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Brenda Song was discouraged by her managers from auditioning for Crazy Rich Asians . Her managers were told by the production that Song “wasn’t right for a role in their eyes.”]

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Shay Mitchell promises her Dollface character isn’t just another Peach from Netflix’s YOU Brenda Song battles creepy stalker in Secret Obsession trailer Watch Aly & AJ’s ‘Star Maps’ music video featuring stars from Shameless , Drag Race , Silicon Valley , The Goldbergs , and more.

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