K-Pop idol and member of the world-renowned Super Junior-M Henry Lau makes his Hollywood feature film debut in Universal Pictures’ feel-good drama A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose.
Lau plays Trent, the best friend of the film’s female lead, CJ (Kathryn Prescott). In the film, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond with CJ and Trent that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.
The Korean superstar was impressed by the level with which director Gail Mancuso asked him to develop his character.
“From our first meeting, Gail and I started talking about our ideas for the character,” Lau says. “Because Trent is Chinese-American, Gail was open about my interpretation of how the character should be; we made Trent together.”
Meanwhile, Lau discovered while working with Kathryn Prescott that their characters on-screen became mirror images of their connection offscreen.
“We fell into this comfortable friendship quite quickly,” he says, “which was a nice surprise because we had never met before. Kat prepped for scenes by listening to music, but occasionally she would get right in my face before we started shooting. She’d smile really big and say, ‘Do I have anything in my teeth?’ Sometimes I would say, ‘Yes,’ just to tease her.”
Henry Lau is a Toronto-born singer and actor who has become a major TV, music and fashion icon in South Korea and Asia. In 2008, he debuted as a member of a popular Korean pop group and has since become a household name.
In June 2013, Lau became a solo artist with his first extended play album, “Trap,” which peaked at No. 2 on South Korea’s Gaon album chart list and spawned the single of the same name. The album was also on Billboard’s Korea K-Pop 100 weekly singles.
Soon after, in both Korea and China, Lau began to build a career in television as a regular cast member of top-viewed shows including MBC’s I Live Alone (Korea) and Hunan TV’s Happy Life (China). In 2014, he appeared with Michelle Yeoh in the Pan-Asia drama film Final Recipe.
Lau is a multifaceted artist who attended the Berkelee College of Music in Boston. He plays the piano, guitar and violin and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Korean.
In Philippine cinemas May 15, A Dog’s Journey is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Use the hashtag #ADogsJourney
About A Dog’s Journey
Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.
Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.
Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.
Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (TV’s Modern Family), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron.