What a night! I’m interrupting my usual food content to tell you about a very special night. Crazy Rich Asians is one of my favorite book series. My mom and I screamed when we found out they were making a movie so imagine how hard I screamed when I got invited to the Dallas premiere of Crazy Rich Asians two weeks before its release!
If you haven’t read the novels by Kevin Kwan, I highly recommend the trilogy. My foodie readers will love diving into Singaporean cuisine. Kwan describes dishes so vividly that I often google recipes after finishing a chapter. You can practically taste every morsel! I was delighted to see some of the dishes in the book heavily featured in the film, right down to the satay enjoy by the foursome right after Rachel and Nick land on the island.
I was ecstatic to interview Kevin Kwan along with Crazy Rich Asians stars Gemma Chan (Astrid Leong) and Jimmy O. Yang (Bernard Thai). I was nervous all day. I kept thinking, what will will they say when they see this non-reporter pointing an iPhone at them? Well they could not have been nicer. Watch my interviews here:
After interviewing the stars, my friends and I headed into the theater for the advance screening. This was my first real Hollywood premiere and I was practically bouncing up and down in my seat. This was also my first time at Alamo Drafthouse and boy, are those recliners comfy! I snuggled up with some warm chocolate chip cookies to take in the film in all its glory.
The film, like the book, is a winner. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll leave the theater fist pumping. It’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s charming, it’s interesting, it’s poignant, and the cast is incredibly talented. Even the soundtrack is awesome! (Warner Brothers, when can we purchase the soundtrack?!)
The one thing I wish I had asked Kevin Kwan is this: how did they find the house? The House plays a huge role in the trilogy and I had goosebumps when it first appeared on screen. It’s a visual playground and makes me want to see the movie again and again just to stare at the sets.
I have to take a moment to sing Awkwafina’s praises. Her take on Goh Peik Lin steals every scene. She’s hilarious. Henry Golding is a dream of a leading man. It’s hard to believe this is his breakout role! We are simply note worthy of that smile.
Please enjoy these photos of Peik Lin being the actual best:
And Henry Golding as the most dashing leading man:
This movie is not to be missed. Tell all your friends to go see it so that we get the full trilogy! I absolutely have to see Astrid’s story line on the big screen. Fans of the book will know what I mean! That reminds me: stay seated during the credits so you get to see the mid-credit scene.
Big thank you to my friend Wendy for being the best movie premiere date and for her steady hands filming those interviews!
Thank you to Warner Brothers Entertainment for extending the invitation and thank you to Paper City Magazine for hosting it!