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Crazy Rich Asians' Chris Pang on Asian men now being portrayed as hunks in Hollywood

Crazy Rich Asians star Chris Pang says Asian men are now being portrayed as hunks in Hollywood - after years of being 'emasculated and

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Crazy Rich Asians star Chris Pang says Asian men are now being portrayed as hunks in Hollywood – after years of being ’emasculated and desexualised’

Crazy Rich Asians star Chris Pang achieved international fame when he was cast as Colin Khoo in the 2018 movie adaptation of novel Crazy Rich Asians.

The Australian-born actor, who is now based in Los Angeles, said that Asian men are now ‘absolutely’ being portrayed as hunks in Hollywood, after years of being ‘desexualised’, in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday. 

Chris, 36, also recalled how director Jon Chu was ‘conscious’ of ensuring there were topless scenes in Crazy Rich Asians, in order to help change the stereotype. 

Changing the stereotype: Crazy Rich Asians star Chris Pang (pictured in the 2018 film) said Asian men are now being portrayed as hunks in Hollywood, after years of being 'emasculated and desexualised', in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday

Changing the stereotype: Crazy Rich Asians star Chris Pang (pictured in the 2018 film) said Asian men are now being portrayed as hunks in Hollywood, after years of being ’emasculated and desexualised’, in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday

When the Sydney Morning Herald’s Benjamin Law noted how Asian men as ‘hunks’ in Western cinema has become a ‘relatively new thing’, Chris was quick to agree.  

‘Absolutely. Asian males have traditionally been emasculated and desexualised in popular culture,’ Chris said. 

Chris also explained how Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu made a conscious effort in helping to change the stereotype in the film.

‘Jon Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians, was very conscious of it. He made sure we had scenes where we were topless,’ he said. 

Comments: When the publication noted how Asian men as 'hunks' in Western cinema has become a 'relatively new thing', Chris, 36, was quick to agree: 'Absolutely. Asian males have traditionally been emasculated and desexualised in popular culture'

Comments: When the publication noted how Asian men as ‘hunks’ in Western cinema has become a ‘relatively new thing’, Chris, 36, was quick to agree: ‘Absolutely. Asian males have traditionally been emasculated and desexualised in popular culture’ 

Topless stars: The Australian-born actor also explained how Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu made a conscious effort in helping to change the stereotype in the film: '[Jon] made sure we had scenes where we were topless'. Chris is pictured with co-star Henry Golding (right)

Topless stars: The Australian-born actor also explained how Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu made a conscious effort in helping to change the stereotype in the film: ‘[Jon] made sure we had scenes where we were topless’. Chris is pictured with co-star Henry Golding (right) 

‘We held onto a shot of Pierre Png walking out of the shower a fraction longer than we needed to. That film, along with a lot of other projects, started to really change the stereotype,’ Chris added.   

Chris is fast becoming one of Australia’s hottest acting exports, with his breakout role in Crazy Rich Asians and an appearance in 2019’s Charlie’s Angels reboot.

In an interview with GQ Australia in December 2019, Chris recalled being starstruck when filming a scene for Charlie’s Angels with none other than Sir Patrick Stewart.

‘I got to film a scene with Patrick Stewart. Sir Patrick Stewart,’ he gushed.

‘It was like having an out-of-body experience until he put his hand on my shoulder, looked me in the eye after the director yelled ‘cut’ and said, ‘You nailed it’. Professor X and Captain Picard told me I nailed it,’ Chris continued.  

Off the market: Chris is fast becoming one of Australia's hottest acting exports, with his breakout role in Crazy Rich Asians and an appearance in 2019's Charlie's Angels reboot. Pictured with girlfriend Eliana Lee Yu

Off the market: Chris is fast becoming one of Australia’s hottest acting exports, with his breakout role in Crazy Rich Asians and an appearance in 2019’s Charlie’s Angels reboot. Pictured with girlfriend Eliana Lee Yu 

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