Henry Golding admits he’s ‘struggling with fame’ after the blockbuster success of Crazy Rich Asians

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Crazy Rich Asians breakout star Henry Golding admits he’s ‘struggling with fame.’

Golding, who was named one of GQ‘s three Men of the Year alongside Michael B. Jordan and Jonah Hill, told the magazine that after the movie became a hit, ‘everybody knows exactly who you are, and the way that they speak to you is different.’

‘I’ve stayed the same throughout,’ he added. ‘It’s just people’s perception of you changes.’

Struggling with fame: Henry Golding admits he's been 'struggling with fame' after the success of his breakout hit Crazy Rich Asians.

Struggling fame: Henry Golding admits he’s been ‘struggling with fame’ after the success of his breakout hit Crazy Rich Asians.

‘There have been really amazing instances where people have come up to me and it’s like, “That film meant so much to me. It really affected how I think of Asians in cinema,”‘ Golding, 30, said. ‘They’ve been really, really supportive about it.’

‘Then you just get the weird ones, who wanna run up to you when you’re having a conversation and eating your lunch,’ he added.

‘I’ll come find you after I’ve finished my meal, if you’re still around,’ the actor continued.

Rising star: Golding (seen at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday) told GQ that after the movie became a hit, 'everybody knows exactly who you are, and the way that they speak to you is different'

Rising star: Golding (seen at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday) told GQ that after the movie became a hit, ‘everybody knows exactly who you are, and the way that they speak to you is different’

Crazy Rich Asians was Golding’s first foray into acting, starting his career as a professional hair stylist after dropping out of school at 16.

He then transitioned to becoming a travel host, first in his own YouTube videos, then on BBC and Discovery Channel Asia.

He wasn’t even ‘discovered’ as an actor in a traditional way, with an accountant working at the Malaysian production office for Crazy Rich Asians mentioning Golding to director Jon M. Chu.

Henry and Gemma: 'There have been really amazing instances where people have come up to me and it's like, "That film meant so much to me. It really affected how I think of Asians in cinema,"' Golding (seen with Gemma Chan at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday), 30, said. 'They've been really, really supportive about it'

Henry and Gemma: ‘There have been really amazing instances where people have come up to me and it’s like, “That film meant so much to me. It really affected how I think of Asians in cinema,”‘ Golding (seen with Gemma Chan at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday), 30, said. ‘They’ve been really, really supportive about it’

Crazy Rich Asians was one of the surprise hits of the year, pulling in $173.5 million domestic and $235.9 million worldwide, from a modest $30 million budget.

He also stars in A Simple Favor with Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, plus upcoming movies like Guy Ritchie’s Toff Guys and Paul Feig’s Last Christmas.

While Golding adds that he just wants to, ‘make great movies,’ he doesn’t think he could handle being an A-list star.

Unsure on fame: 'There's another side to me that's like, "I don't know if I'd be comfortable being Brad Pitt famous,"' Golding added. 'You can't walk anywhere. You can't live a life'

Unsure on fame: ‘There’s another side to me that’s like, “I don’t know if I’d be comfortable being Brad Pitt famous,”‘ Golding added. ‘You can’t walk anywhere. You can’t live a life’

‘There’s another side to me that’s like, “I don’t know if I’d be comfortable being Brad Pitt famous,”‘ Golding added. ‘You can’t walk anywhere. You can’t live a life.’

When asked if he feels like he’s heading in that direction, Golding adds, ‘That freaks me out more than anything, the repercussions of success in this industry.’

Still, he doesn’t think his fear of fame is affecting the way he’s choosing his roles.

‘I think it’s more like a slow car crash,’ Golding said. ‘You can see what you’re gonna run into—you just keep going towards it. Well, it’s gonna happen. Either you speed up or you take the scenic route. Let’s take the scenic route.’

Crazy big success: Golding, pictured with Constance Wu (right) and Michelle Yeoh (left) stars in Crazy Rich Asians, which has earned $235.9 million worldwide from a $30 million budget

Crazy big success: Golding, pictured with Constance Wu (right) and Michelle Yeoh (left) stars in Crazy Rich Asians, which has earned $235.9 million worldwide from a $30 million budget

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