After seeing Crazy Rich Asians with her daughter (Luna) and husband (John Legend) over the weekend, Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram and explained why the movie was so important for her family.
"You never know how much you miss being represented on screen until you actually see what it’s like to be represented," she wrote in the caption, picking out specific moments of resonance, like seeing Luna call Constance Wu's character's mom "yāy," or 'grandma' in Thai, because she looked like her own yāy. The model also wrote about how great it was to see that representation manifest with a wide range of different characters and themes, from sacrifice and hardships in the table scene to over-the-top spectacle in the party and wedding scenes, "just like any other great movie."
Also included were cute photos of Luna and Teigen looking up at the poster, Luna and Legend watching the movie, and a video of the dad/daughter pair dancing over the closing credits at the end.
The importance of representation in Crazy Rich Asians has been pretty much woven into the movie from the start. Kevin Kwan, the author of the original novel, optioned the movie rights for $1 so that Hollywood wouldn't whitewash it. And earlier this month, Constance Wu published a statement on Twitter about how significant it is that Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy that "not only centers [on] an Asian-American story," but fills it with a "talented, dynamic, unique all-Asian cast." Its impact has already been felt at the box office: In just four days, it made $34 million and became the top-grossing film on its opening weekend.