Joy Ride, the hilarious, raunchy, comedy film with an all-Asian main cast, has taken audiences on a wild and fabulous journey. However, there was one storyline that never made it to the big screen — a sapphic love scene that had the potential to be a showstopper.
Helmed by director Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians, Raya and the Last Dragon) with a screenplay from Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Family Guy, The Orville) and Teresa Hsiao (Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens), Joy Ride follows the adventures of a motley crew of misfits that includes starving artist Lolo (Sherry Cola), her childhood best friend and attorney Audrey (Ashley Park), Lolo's socially-awkward cousin Deadeye (Sabrina Wu), and Audrey's college roommate, who also happens to be a famous Chinese soap actor, Kat (Stephanie Hsu). As a friend group, they all embark on a trip to China to help Audrey finalize an important business deal... and potentially find her birth mother.
During a recent interview with Collider, two of the film's stars, Sabrina Wu and Stephanie Hsu, revealed some behind-the-scenes details, including the unfortunate omission of an extended gay scene.
The aforementioned scene included a drinking game called "Pai Pai," where Kat and Lolo played a game of rock, paper, scissors, with the loser receiving a slap. However, what was intended to be a simple game turned into a moment of budding romance between the two characters.
Wu expressed her admiration for the improvisation skills displayed by Hsu and Cola, saying, "I was filled with rage seeing how good all three of you were improvising... there was so much electric magic happening between Stephanie and Sherry. It was a little gay. It was awesome."
Hsu confirmed that the scene was indeed meant to be a gay moment but had been cut from the final version, promising that it would be featured in the sequel. Cola, however, was less than thrilled about the omission.
Despite the absence of the gay storyline, Joy Ride is still a comedic and touching masterpiece that centers on four Asian friends, something director Adele Lim wanted to present with a narrative that explored friendship, messiness, and thirstiness from a female perspective.