Rachel Chu, played by Constance Wu
Native New Yorker Rachel is a catch; she’s beautiful, kind, funny and career driven. But she finds herself doubting everything she thought she knew then she’s suddenly thrust into an entirely new world, courtesy of her boyfriend, Nick. On a trip to Nick’s homeland of Singapore, Rachel discovers that he’s one of the most sought after bachelors and that his family is totally loaded.
Even though Rachel is the love of Nick’s life, his mum doesn’t exactly welcome her with open arms. Despite the frosty reception and culture shock, Rachel doesn’t mop around waiting for Nick to swoop in and save her. Instead she takes a more proactive stance and offers Nick an opportunity to prove that HE deserves HER, not the other way around.
Nick Young, played by Henry Golding
Handsome, successful and very much in love with Rachel, Nick ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to boyfriend material. Rachel thinks that Nick is just an all-round good guy, which he is, but there’s a lot more to him than meets the eye.
Nick gives a small glimpse into his accustomed lifestyle by booking first class flights for their trip to Singapore, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. As the story unfolds we discover that Nick is the heir to one of the country’s wealthiest families, and to say he’s pretty well known would be an understatement.Does Rachel fit in Nick’s world? You’ll have to find out!
Eleanor Young, played by Michelle Yeoh
No true-love-conquers-all story is complete without a seemingly insurmountable force getting in the way of the protagonists’ happiness. In the case of Crazy Rich Asians, that is Nick’s mother. A staunch traditionalist, she openly disapproves of Rachel and makes her thoughts known, despite having faced similar resistance from her own mother-in-law (Ah Ma).
Cultural differences and socio-economic standings really come into sharp focus when Eleanor is introduced into the story. It’s very hard to like her, until you gain a little more insight into her relationship with Ah Ma.
Peik Lin Goh, played by Awkwafina
Despite being a strong, talented and beautiful young woman, Rachel finds her confidence faltering. Feeling deceived by Nick as to his family’s wealth, she needs a dependable friend to turn to and that’s where Peik Lin comes in.
A former college friend of Rachel’s, she is a fun and exciting breath of fresh air. As well as some much needed light relief, Peik Lin is the one to educate Rachel on local customs, ensuring she avoids any awkward mishaps. We all need a friend like Peik Lin!
Astrid Young Teo, played by Gemma Chan
While Peik proves to be an invaluable source of support, Rachel needs inside help to really make inroads with the Young family, and that’s exactly what she finds in Henry’s cousin. Aware of her privileged background, she has remained generous and kindhearted and, eventually, leans on Rachel for some support of her own.There are more brilliant characters that you’ll get to know and love, including one of Nick's jealous ex-girlfriends and Ken Jeong’s character, Wye Mun Goh. Meet them all when Crazy Rich Asians opens in cinemas on September 14!
Crazy Rich Asians, in cinemas September 14.