For more than a decade, Brenda Song has been a pillar of representation for Asian American women in the entertainment industry.
Starting out in Disney Channel Original Movies like The Ultimate Christmas Present and Stuck in the Suburbs, Song then moved into a regular role on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. From there she's had stand-out parts in various movies and shows, but there's one movie she didn't even get a chance to audition for.
In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Song talked about the most heartbreaking loss of her professional career. Crazy Rich Asians was full of incredible Asian and Asian American actors, so it would have made sense that Song be included. Unfortunately, according to the actor, the production team for the film didn't think she fit the bill.
"Their reasoning behind that, what they said was that my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words. It broke my heart," she said.
The rejection stung, understandably so, but according to a response from the romantic comedy's director, Jon M. Chu, he's a fan of Song's and never communicated anything of that nature.
Song rallied after being turned down from the movie and ended up being cast in two extremely successful projects for Netflix and Hulu, Secret Obsession and Dollface.