CHRIS PANG

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Chris Pang had a sup­port­ing, yet sig­nif­i­cant role as Colin Khoo, Nick’s (Henry Gold­ing) best friend in the box of­fice and crit­i­cally-ac­claimed hit “Crazy Rich Asians.” As of Septem­ber, the film has grossed over $208 mil­lion world­wide against its $30 mil­lion pro­duc­tion bud­get—prov­ing once again the power of di­ver­sity in film. “Lack of pre­sen­ta­tion is dam­ag­ing. If your im­age or pref­er­ence is not val­i­dated in so­ci­ety, then you are alone and it is hard not to feel lesser. This is ex­actly how I felt grow­ing up in Aus­tralia: I didn’t see my­self in char­ac­ters on TV, in cine­mas, in mag­a­zines, on bill­boards,” said Pang on the is­sue. “Be­ing a mi­nor­ity is not a choice and no one should be pun­ished for some­thing out­side of their con­trol. But the land­scape is chang­ing and di­ver­sity and rep­re­sen­ta­tion of mi­nori­ties are hot top­ics right now so hope­fully we will con­tinue to see a change for the bet­ter.”

Aside from “Crazy Rich Asians,” the Aus­tralian ac­tor of Tai­wanese de­scent is also known for the 2010 Aus­tralian war drama film “To­mor­row, When the War Be­gan,” which also be­came the high­est gross­ing Aus­tralian film of that year. Pang is cur­rently film­ing a drama film, “Empty By De­sign” along­side Yoshi Su­darso, which he also pro­duces. “It’s my first at­tempt at pro­duc­ing a film and so far ev­ery step for­ward amazes me,” Pang ex­pressed, “It’s a char­ac­ter drama ex­plor­ing the lone­li­ness you can ex­pe­ri­ence grow­ing apart from your own cul­ture, re­gard­less of whether you’re at home or over­seas. I’ve never been more stressed out and had more re­spon­si­bil­ity in my life.” Though he ends it with a pos­i­tive note: “It’s been a very re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence all round.”

Shirt by Raga Man; jeans by Levi’s; watch by Hublot; boots by Calvin Klein

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