'Crazy Rich Asians' director shuts down Brenda Song's claim about why she wasn't able to audition

Actress Brenda Song claims she was told she's "not Asian enough" to audition for "Crazy Rich Asians" — but the film's director says she's sorely mistaken.

Song, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Thailand, said in an interview with Teen Vogue that her attempts to try out for the movie were shut down: "A lot of people don't know this, but I never got to read for 'Crazy Rich Asians,' ever," she said. "Their reasoning behind that, what they said was that my image was basically not Asian enough, in not so many words."

She continued, "I said, 'This character is in her late to mid-20s, an Asian American, and I can't even audition for it? I've auditioned for Caucasian roles my entire career, but this specific role, you're not going to let me do it?'"

The allegation apparently came as a surprise to "Crazy Rich Asians" director Jon M. Chu, who tweeted a confused face emoji in response to Song's statements. "Would these words ever come out of my mouth?" he tweeted. "Nope makes no sense."

Chu continued, "The fact is I love Brenda Song and am a fan. I didn't need her to audition because I already knew who she was!"

Song, 31, is best known for her role in the Disney Channel show "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," but she's also appeared in more recent shows like "New Girl" and "Scandal" and had a role in the 2010 Oscar-nominated film "The Social Network."

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SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Brenda Song attends the sixth biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) telecast at the Barkar Hangar on Friday, September 7, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Stand Up To Cancer)
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SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Brenda Song attends the sixth biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) telecast at the Barkar Hangar on Friday, September 7, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Stand Up To Cancer)
BUENA PARK, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Brenda Song attends the Knott's Berry Farm + Susan G. Komen #ScreamAgainstBreastCancer at Knott's Berry Farm on February 4, 2017 in Buena Park, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
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SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Marlee Matlin, Macaulay Culkin, and Brenda Song attend the sixth biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) telecast at the Barkar Hangar on Friday, September 7, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Stand Up To Cancer)
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DADS: Brenda Song in the 'Foul Play' episode of DADS airing Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
SUPERSTORE -- 'Glenn's Kids' Episode 219 -- Pictured: (l-r) Brenda Song as Kristen, Ben Feldman as Jonah -- (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Actresses Brenda Song (L) and Odette Annable attend the screening of CBS Television's 'Pure Genius' during The Tenth Annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews presented by The Paley Center For Media, in Beverly Hills, California, on September 12, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 10: Brenda Song attends the CBS, CW, Showtime Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center on August 10, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Actress Brenda Song attends the 2016 CBS Upfront at The Plaza on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 20: Actress Brenda Song attends Marc By Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2014 Preview at Marc Jacobs on June 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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Song currently stars in Hulu's "Dollface."

"Crazy Rich Asians" centers on a Chinese-American woman, played by Constance Wu, who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's ultra-wealthy family.

Two sequels are in the works, although the process hasn't been seamless: Co-writer Adele Lim walked away from the project in September after objecting to the studio paying her co-writer a significantly higher fee.

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