Photography by Jonathan D’Ambrosio
MC: Tell me about how your process as an actor changed from those experiences?
RH: It was an extremely physically intense role. We were training 6 days a week and eating an insane amount to keep up with the demands being placed on our bodies. If we weren’t in weight training, we were learning fight choreography, Kung Fu, horse riding, archery… Since then I feel like I can do anything!
MC: What’s it like being a part of such a big production like Crazy Rich Asians?
RH: I am so proud of what that movie has done, and what it meant for so many people around the world. It’s so important to feel like we are seen, that we are represented, and to be part of a film like this is an honour.
MC: Were you aware of the impact and mark on history this film would have while you were making it?
RH: We knew we were making something special, but had no idea it would be as big as it is. At the time it flew in the face of what so many big Hollywood producers/directors/screenwriters were saying, which is that people of colour don’t sell – so we were already taking a risk. However that risk ended up paying off!