By: Jasmine Escareno
The whos who of Hollywood attended this years annual Asian American Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Constance Wu and many other proud Asian American celebrities celebrated the “Rebirth” of Asian American Cinema at the Unforgettable Gala, and Entertainment Scoop has the scoop!
Following the success of films like Crazy Rich Asians and Fresh Off the Boat, multiple Asian American stars—musicians, writers, and executives—came together to celebrate this incredible time a great time for the Asian community. The host of this 18th annual gala was none other than Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu, best known for the role of Jung in the CBC Television sitcom Kim’s Convenience. The keynote speaker was voice actor and producer, Daniel Dae Kim. You might have seen him in the Good Doctor as Dr. Jackson Han. Attendees included the cast of Fresh off the Boat: Randall Park, Forrest Wheeler, Hudson Yang. Additional attendees included Nico Santos (Crazy Rich Asians), Tiffany Chu (Ms. Purple), Sydney Park (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists), and Terrence Howard (Empire).
“It’s a night where we can all come together to celebrate each other and our achievements. It’s wonderful for the community to get together in this way,” Crazy Rich Asians co-writer, Adele Lim, told Entertainment Scoop. She went on to say, “[she] was presenting the Vanguard award to [the cast and crew of] Farewell. It feels amazing because she was here with the cast and crew of Crazy Rich Asians last year when they received it and it’s amazing the excitement and momentum created by other Asians!”
Receiving the Legacy Award were cast and crew of Fresh Off the Boat. We spoke to Constance Wu on her feelings about this show. “[I’m] really proud and happy, but also very sad that it’s ending.” As to her favorite project that she’s ever done,“Honestly there’s a play in college I did called Boy’s Life.” For her most challenging, but rewarding project, “I once played Ophelia in Hamlet and getting to that place emotionally, really got me f**ed inside. It was hard!”
We had the chance to interview Russian Doll actress Greta Lee! She states, “I’m excited to see everyone! I’m excited to get the chance to celebrate all of the collective achievement that everyone’s made. This is a special moment in time.” She is nominated for Breakout in TV Role for the Unforgettable Gala. Her favorite project was “my last project, The Russian Doll. The whole creative team was all female, which is VERY rare and made a huge difference!” As for upcoming projects, “I have a show in development with HBO called K Town and some other features in development.”
We had the inside scoop with Karen Fukuhara, known for her roles as Katana in the DC comic superhero film Suicide Squad and the 2019 Amazon Prime original series The Boys. “Everyone looks beautiful…I’m nominated for Actor in TV. [For upcoming projects,] I’m working on She-Ra and The Princesses of Power. I have an animated show called Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts. [Lastly,] I also have season 2 of the Boys coming out on Amazon TV next year!” As for the theme and feel of the gala she states, “It’s fantastic! None of us would be here today if it weren’t for the advocacy of this community.”
Lastly, we had time to chat with Sherry Cola, known for her role as Alice in Freeform’s Good Trouble. “I feel amazing! It’s a dope feeling to have the community come together and celebrate everything that we have accomplished. Finally seeing some representation in Hollywood, that’s amazing!” As for what she was excited about, “It’s cool that Fresh off the Boat, an iconic series of its own, is getting recognized. I’m excited to celebrate with my people! There’s a good amount of asian content now that we can celebrate so much and have nominations and categories.” On Crazy Rich Asians, “I think it definitely was a part of this big change in Hollywood, where they realized that there has been something missing for so long. It proved that we can tell culturally specific stories, while at the same time be relatable as human beings. For her role in Good Trouble, she remarked, “It’s groundbreaking for me because I play a first generation Asian American lesbian. We see that journey from her traditional parents and struggling to find herself in the LGBTQ community. To be able to portray that character means a lot to me.”
The 18th annual Asian American Awards was a night to remember, and we’re excited for even greater Asian representation in Hollywood.