Henry Golding, former hairdresser, still gives his wife blowouts & cuts babies’ hair

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Henry Golding covers the latest issue of W Magazine, because why not? He doesn’t seem to have a film coming out in the immediate future – his next film is Last Christmas, which comes out in November. Basically, this is a hype piece and a check-in piece. Checking in on how he’s coping now that he’s a famous movie star right out of the gate because of Crazy Rich Asians. The premium channels have been playing CRA constantly lately and I keep watching it every time it’s on. Henry is SO good as the guy who is basically Prince Charming. It helps that he’s just naturally a charming, interesting person too. He talks about his other careers (TV presenter, hairdresser) before turning to acting, and how the success of CRA changed his life. Some highlights:

His career changes: “It has been a trial by fire. My comfort comes from the fact that I’ve had a lot of other career. I’ve lived a lot of my life through gut feeling—seeing the tea leaves, if you know what I mean.”

He feels comfortable as an actor: “That was where I think I found my footing. Up to that point, I’d been a yes guy, but on Monsoon there was a point where I was like, Wait, I deserve to have a mind of my own.”

Working with Matthew McConaughey on Guy Richie’s The Gentlemen. “What am I doing? This is so random!” he recalled spending the first day thinking in a continuous loop. He was particularly excited to work with McConaughey; given the actor’s reputation as a notoriously fun dude, Golding, a fun dude himself, imagined the two of them hitting it off, bro-ing down a bit between takes. “Didn’t quite happen like that,” Golding said with a laugh. “Matthew is intense. It was the first time I had come across a real method actor. He never broke character! So we didn’t get along on set all too well because our characters are foes. Going into a film thinking you’re going to be best friends with Matthew McConaughey and then getting very different results—well, you can’t be disappointed. You have to go with it.”

He still does hair: “My skills are now down to helping my wife blow out her hair every once in a while and cutting babies’ mops.”

Wanting more color-blind roles & color-blind casting: “There’s more of that happening, where parts are not written specifically for an Asian actor. Like in Last Christmas, my character is just Tom, not ‘Asian Tom.’ That’s a big step. I definitely hold that responsibility in high regard, in the sense that I’m leaving an impression, maybe opening some doors for whoever comes next. I want to conduct myself in the way a leading man should conduct himself.”

[From W Magazine]

Can you even imagine being married to handsome, charming straight man who does your hair? I WOULD DIE. His wife is soooo lucky. Also, the McConaughey stuff is really interesting, right? Reading between the lines, I would say that Matthew was probably sort of a douche to Henry and Henry just behaved professionally. Maybe I’m reading that they wrong way.

Here’s his W Magazine video – he’s absolutely adorable talking about Mariah Carey! He’s adorable about his wife and being a hairdresser.

Cover and photos courtesy of W Magazine.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve never heard anyone say that Matthew McConaughey is a lot of fun, but I have heard a lot about him being a douche.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think because he is such a notorious drinker, people equate that with being a “fun dude”, but even if he is actually fun, it doesn’t mean he’s nice.

    • Moneypenny says:

      I think people think he’s going to smoke and be laid back naked bongos guy.

    • Carol says:

      I think Anne Hathaway has a similar story that Matthew was very aloof on set and she finally asked him if she had done something to make him angry. I think she said he told her he was staying in character.

    • holly hobby says:

      I don’t think he was always like that. I remember when he first started out (A Time to Kill), he and Sandra Bullock were on press tours saying how they got along. How they had fun blah blah. So I guess the Oscar went to his head.

  2. Becks1 says:

    I love him. I loved CRA, thought it was fun and splashy and bright and still tugged at my emotions, and he is a big part of what made it so appealing (basically him, Gemma Chan and Michelle Yeoh.)

    I like what he said about being “tom” and not Asian Tom. That’s an important step, for characters to just be the character, and not have Caucasian as the default.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      I just rewatched CRA last night; even my dad loved it. Such a fun movie! Henry IS swoon-worthy for sure.

      On a side note, if you’ve not checked out “Always Be My Maybe” on Netflix, I *highly* recommend it! Ali Wong and Randall Park are fabulous.

      • Becks1 says:

        I haven’t watched it yet but I really want to! I feel like all of a sudden the Netflix new releases are really good and I have a lot to catch up on!

        I’m also deep in Midsomer Murders after so many references here to it….LOL.

      • DaggerIsle says:

        I watched ‘Always be my Maybe’last night and loved it! It was funny and sweet.
        I still have the last song stuck in my head… 🙂

        Special mention to Keanu Reeves for playing himself. They must have all had a blast filming his scenes.
        I was crying with laughter throughout.

      • WingKingdom says:

        I watched “Always be my Maybe” last night too! I’m going to watch it again ASAP. It was really a different and unique take on the romantic comedy genre and definitely made me laugh. The original songs are hilarious- I need that band to be real! The closing credits song is a masterpiece.

        Absolutely nothing in the movie is going to go the way you think it’s going to go. It’s fantastic.

      • himmiefan says:

        I agree, CRA is such a fun movie! I love all the cast, particularly Ken Jeong and Awkwafina. I’ve seen the movie umpteen times now.

  3. Millennial says:

    Re: method acting love this quote: “just trying acting, it’s much easier” – Laurence Olivier

    Bonus, your coworkers will like you more

  4. FHMom says:

    He’s gorgeous. Loved him in CRA.

  5. Tiffany says:

    He really does have a Cary Grant vibe about him. You see it more in the photos. Kudos to the people behind the pics for using his strength.

  6. minx says:

    Sooo handsome.

  7. Clementine says:

    I’m super excited to follow the rest of his career!

  8. Esmom says:

    Love him. He’s got such charisma and his humility is as appealing as his handsome looks. Sigh.

  9. ikki says:

    he’s wonderful

  10. Lucy says:

    He’s so lovely!!! And OMG he’s British?!

    • Hannah says:

      He’s not just British. He was born in Malaysia and grew up there before his family moved the England. His mother is Malaysian and his father is English’s
      And yes he’s gorgeous 😍

    • cafedrinker says:

      They’re very “international.” His wife is Taiwanese-born (bicultural/tricultural with a Italian biological dad whom she never met and her real dad is from Hong Kong whilst her mum is Taiwanese) and Taiwanese raised, live in Japan for college, does showbiz hosting jobs all over Asia, and they live in Singapore now I think. I lurk on her IG (as I’m Taiwanese born myself and was interested to find out his wife is Taiwanese).

  11. Giddy says:

    I would take an electric hedge trimmer to my hair before I would let my husband touch it. His wife is lucky in many, many ways.

  12. MissM says:

    He reminds me of the old Hollywood movie stars. He is elegant and very charismatic.
    Also I would die if my husband could blow out my hair. Mine will curl mine for me from time to time when I’m running late though lol

  13. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    I’m a documented McConaughey disliker. Blech. I really love Henry, though. Now I have a tough decision ahead re. the movie.

  14. Miles says:

    I thought CRA was a fluke for him but nope. He was really good in A Simple Favor too. After watching him on screen and in interviews, I think he should be the next James Bond. He’s got the classic movie star looks and charisma. Make it happen Hollywood!

    • Coco says:

      Oooooh! That’s a great idea! I’d love to see the character portrayed by someone different than the standard…a woman, Idris, etc. but this is an excellent suggestion.

  15. cafedrinker says:

    I haven’t seen and don’t have the urge to see CRA but he was good in A Simple Favour. I was surprised to find out it was his first or second film role. His wife is a yoga instructor / showbiz host. I’ve lurked on her IG, and she always has fantastic hair and he features a lot on her IG. I don’t find Henry hot but he seems a lovely man and seems to be super supportive of his wife. Always impressed by guys who aren’t intimidated by strong women (like his wife).

    I’m always fascinated by how actor’s wifes/husbands deal with the distance and travel. Looks like she does internet-based yoga classes (and the odd hosting job) and that’s how she can travel a lot with him (also I don’t think they have kids yet).

  16. Valiantly Varnished says:

    As someone who has trained in Method acting…it’s exhausting. And totally unnecessary if you’ve done the homework for your character IMO.
    This story about Matthew is so interesting to me…he seems to have decided to be Method late in his career. I just have a feeling that Matthew has bought into a lot of his own hype after winning the Oscar and now feels the need to play the role of “ACTOR”. He also hust generally seems to have lost all of the humility he used to have.

    • Mash says:

      wait can you expound on this… i loved this insightful comment

    • holly hobby says:

      Yep that’s my impression because in his early career he was not like that at all. Now it seems Oscar is permanently stuck up his ass.