Apparently, ‘Joy Ride’ Is Saving a Gay Scene for the Sequel...
Sapphic storyline? SO on brand for a girls trip.
In a recent interview, Stephanie Hsu reveals “There’s a whole gay track between Sherry’s character [Lolo] and my character that kind of got edited.” The film, directed by Adele Lim and written by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and Teresa Hsiao, follows four friends as one aims to find her birth mother.
The journey is filled with adventures we legally can’t discuss, but nonetheless makes for an insane, Girls Trip-style movie. It’s also undoubtedly a win for Asian representation, featuring the likes of A-list actors Ashley Park, Stephanie Hsu, Sabrina Wu and comic Sherry Cola.
However, according to Wu, the deleted scene would have made the wild film that much better. 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.”
No stress to the gays though, there’s hope for the sapphic scene. Hsu confirmed the scene “will be saved for the sequel… Sherry’s livid about it.”
Queer scenes are often cut from major films. For example, the Scooby-Doo franchise has deleted three gay scenes throughout its franchise run. Most recently, actor Jasmin Savoy Brown fought for an “epic kiss” between her character Mindy and her girlfriend Anika (played by Devyn Nekoda), in Scream VI.