Brenda Song couldn't get Crazy Rich Asians audition as she was told her 'image was basically not Asian enough' ... as director denies that was the reason

  • Actress, 31, said she 'never got to read for Crazy Rich Asians, ever' 
  • Song gave herself a pep talk about not worrying about factors out of her control 
  • Film's director Jon M. Chu took to Twitter denied saying anything about her ethnicity and feels 'horrible' she thinks that is why she did not get to read for part
  •  He added: I didn’t need her to audition because I already knew who she was!'
  • Crazy Rich Asians was a smash upon it's August 2018 release, making $238 million internationally 

Brenda Song says she couldn't get an audition to be in the hit 2018 comedy Crazy Rich Asians, as filmmakers told her her 'image was basically not Asian enough.'

The 31-year-old Dollface actress opened up to Teen Vogue Wednesday about the slight, which she said broke her heart.

'A lot of people don't know this, but I never got to read for Crazy Rich Asians, ever,' she told the publication.

The latest: Brenda Song, 31, says she couldn't get an audition to be in the hit 2018 comedy Crazy Rich Asians, as filmmakers told her her 'image was basically not Asian enough. She was snapped last week in LA

The latest: Brenda Song, 31, says she couldn't get an audition to be in the hit 2018 comedy Crazy Rich Asians, as filmmakers told her her 'image was basically not Asian enough. She was snapped last week in LA

'Their reasoning behind that, what they said was that my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words,' Song revealed. 'I said, "This character is in her late to mid-20s, an Asian American, and I can't even audition for it? 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? I was like, ''Where do I fit?'''

Song said she gave herself a pep talk about not worrying about factors out of her control.

'I got myself together and said, "Brenda, there is only one you, and you can't change who you are,' she said. 'You can't change your past.'

Denial: The film's director Jon M. Chu denied he said anything about her ethnicity

Denial: The film's director Jon M. Chu denied he said anything about her ethnicity

Clarifying: Chu said, 'I didn’t need her to audition because I already knew who she was!'

Clarifying: Chu said, 'I didn’t need her to audition because I already knew who she was!'

Slighted: The actress said, 'A lot of people don't know this, but I never got to read for Crazy Rich Asians, ever'

Slighted: The actress said, 'A lot of people don't know this, but I never got to read for Crazy Rich Asians, ever'

Smash hit: Ken Jeong, Constance Wu, and Awkwafina were seen in the motion picture

Smash hit: Ken Jeong, Constance Wu, and Awkwafina were seen in the motion picture 

The actress, who's been seen on shows such as Superstore and The Suite Life on Deck, told the outlet she's 'so grateful for every job that [she's] done' and can only remain positive amid the professional setback.

'All I can do is continue to put good auditions out there, do the best that I can - that's all I can ask for,' she said.

Song said she 'was just happy' to be 'part of that conversation' when fans online bandied her name about for a role, amid news casting was underway for the romantic comedy.

'It's way past the time that this should have been happening,' she said of the hit ensemble film, that featured an ensemble cast of Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr. and Michelle Yeoh.

The film's director Jon M. Chu took to Twitter with a confused emoji in response to a link to an Entertainment Weekly story stating she wasn't allowed to audition for Crazy Rich Asians because she was 'not Asian enough.'

He wrote: 'Would these words ever come out of my mouth? Nope makes no sense. I feel horrible she thinks this is the reason.'

Chu, 40, said he's fond of the actress and wouldn't have had her audition, as he was familiar with her skill set: 'The fact is I love Brenda Song and am a fan. I didn’t need her to audition because I already knew who she was!'

Resilient: Song has since went on to snare roles on Netflix's Secret Obsession and the Hulu comedy Dollface

Resilient: Song has since went on to snare roles on Netflix's Secret Obsession and the Hulu comedy Dollface

She referenced her character as a child star on the Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, adding, 'I was like, even though London Tipton lived over 15 years ago, we're fine with it.'

The motion picture was a smash upon it's August 2018 release, making $238 million internationally, with a plans advancing on a sequel.

Song has since went on to snare roles on Netflix's Secret Obsession and the Hulu comedy Dollface.

Song has been dating actor Macaulay Culkin for three years. She was engaged to Miley Cyrus's brother Trace Cyrus, but the duo parted ways in 2012.  

Brenda Song denied Crazy Rich Asians audition and told her 'image was basically not Asian enough'

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