While all eyes will be on fictional characters Rachel Chu and Nick Young when Crazy Rich Asians premieres on August 15, Henry Golding’s own love life—and recent wedding to fellow TV presenter Liv Lo—is the stuff of romance novels in and of itself.
The British-Malaysian actor, 31, opens up to The Knot about his own road to the altar, which he admitted was “a lot of pressure,” but perhaps not for the reasons one might assume. Golding says he largely “took the lead” when it came to planning his intimate August 2016 wedding to Lo in Sarawak, Malaysia.
“I was more worried about everything going smoothly and making sure people arrived safely,” he says. “And it wasn’t until she came down the aisle that I relaxed.”
“It’s a lot of pressure when you’re wedding planning. It was probably the most stressful time of my life,” he says. “Because you have all these people who are flying into places they’re not familiar with, you have to make sure they have the right transportation and the right hotel. And so, you need to touch base with them. You need to have a dinner before to get all the parents together and just connect with them.”
Through the stress, the couple thankfully kept each other buoyant. The pair, who met through mutual friends at a club on New Year’s Eve in Singapore, are an aesthetic and emotional team for the ages; both have careers in the public eye in different ways, shapes and forms, with Lo recently launching an online venture and Golding poised to be Hollywood’s new leading man.
Golding says he knew Lo was it when he discovered how compatible their goals and life ambitions are. “I think it’s definitely a learning process. You go through a relationship and you learn about each other, and then you find that your goals are aligned,” he says. “You want to have a family. You want to achieve certain things. And so once you’re teammates, that’s what it is, it’s all about the team.”
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When it came time for them to meet each other’s parents, Golding was definitely a little nervous. But having lived through it, his advice to couples set to meet the parents is simple: “Do a little bit of research, find topics that you have in common and take them out for their favorite cuisine, something that means something to them.”
For Golding, whose in-laws are from Taiwan, that gave him plenty of options. “My wife’s from Taiwan, so her family loves Taiwanese food, Chinese food, Malaysian food, Singaporean food, so we had no problem. They came to visit us in Singapore and we took them to all the best places and gave them chili crab and they were happy.”
When it comes to advice he might have for couples on the verge of wedding planning, Golding says to remember that your focus is on your partner.
“Make sure you connect with each other,” he says. “You can get carried away with planning the wedding and you sort of drift apart and you’ll have arguments, but have a day where you don’t talk about wedding stuff and just be a couple again.”
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—With reporting by Esther Lee.