The reason Henry Golding's wife approved of him kissing Blake Lively

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

It’s not every day you’re told you’ll get to kiss Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. In fact, for most of us that will probably never happen.

But for Henry Golding, that was all in a day’s work when he filmed A Simple Favour, his latest movie released off the back of his successful acting debut in Crazy Rich Asians.

“Of course I’m not going to complain about having to turn up for work on those sorts of days,” the 31-year-old British actor laughs as he chats to Be.

Henry Golding from Crazy Rich Asians fame has opened up about what it was like working so closely with Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favour. Photo: Getty

The former travel presenter admits his wife Liv Lo had some initial reservations about him kissing Constance Wu in Crazy Rich Asians.

By the time A Simple Favour came around, Liv knew exactly what to expect, plus there was another cheeky reason she completely approved.

“She was definitely more accustomed but I think it did help her having a girl crush on Blake,” Henry explains.

“We spent some time and she [Liv] came out on set and met the girls.”

A Simple Favor sees Henry play the male lead Sean, whose life is turned upside down when his mysterious and manipulative wife Emily (Blake Lively) goes missing. Photo: Roadshow Films

Henry, who married fitness enthusiast and television star Liv back in 2016, says the secret to working through this new professional territory with his wife comes down to a few things.

“It’s always tough seeing your partner on screen with something else,” he admits.

“I don’t think anybody can get used to that but it’s about communication, understanding and taking her on well-deserved holidays.”

A Simple Favor sees Henry play the male lead Sean, whose life is turned upside down when his mysterious and manipulative wife Emily (Blake Lively) goes missing.

Anna Kendrick plays Stephanie, a curious mummy blogger who is Emily’s best friend. Photo: Roadshow Films

Her sudden disappearance comes after she asks her best friend, mummy blogger Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) to pick up her son from school, and it’s not long before the mystery becomes the talk of the town.

No doubt a major contrast from his acting debut in romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, Henry admits there were challenges to filming this psychologically gripping flick.

But it wasn’t necessarily about channelling a more serious side, and more about his talented co-stars.

Henry says his wife Liv Lo was okay with him kissing the actresses, especially since she had a girl crush on Blake Lively. Photo: Getty

“The challenge for me was just not freaking out about the fact that I was in front of Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively who I’ve watched through the years,” he admits.

“We filmed some intense scenes. I took a step back once in a while during camera resets and thought, ‘What am I doing, how crazy is my life right now?’”

As for the kissing scenes, every second was staged with the utmost professionalism.

“It was a joy to act out the scenes professionally and not even have to think about the safety for one another. It’s a mutual respect,” says Henry.

A Simple Favour is in cinemas now.

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