There’s been tons of buzz about the incredible Crazy Rich Asians cast, from true matriarch Michelle Yeoh’s steely performance as Eleanor Young to the male-lead perfection that is Henry Golding to the comedic delivery of burgeoning star Awkwafina. Jon M. Chu’s film is breaking box office records—it’s now the most successful studio rom-com in nearly a decade—and making a strong case for diversity in Hollywood. The adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novels pokes fun at the lifestyle of the crazy rich Singaporean elite, while also shattering stereotypes and biases about Asians.
However, the cast isn’t all acting talent. Like other actors in the industry, the Crazy Rich Asians cast members have non-acting backgrounds that they either juggled alongside entertainment or pursued prior to their breakout roles. While it’s unlikely these actors need a backup plan—casting directors and studios would have to be out of their mind not to cast them after the film's box office numbers—these Crazy Rich Asians stars definitely have resumes unlike anyone else. Their success also reminds us that we all contain multitudes, and it’s never too late to make a passionate career switch.