Ali Wong, star of Netflix’s Beef, once revealed that she convinced the bosses at Netflix to pay up big money so that she could kiss Keanu Reeves in the 2019 film Always Be My Maybe. In 2019, Wong appeared on The Ellen Show and explained that she was responsible for the kiss.
“I kiss a lot of men. It’s like, who wrote this movie, right?” she said (via The Daily Mail). “I kiss a lot of sexy men. I kiss Daniel Dae Kim. I kiss Keanu Reeves. I basically made Netflix spend all this money on a movie just so I could kiss Daniel Dae Kim and Keanu Reeves.” Wong then said that she had on-screen chemistry with Reeves after being married to her husband for ten years: “I would have chemistry with a turtle at this point.”
In a profile on her Beef co-star Steven Yeun, Wong admitted to a level of nervousness at working with him. “I was intimidated by Steven because he’s such an incredible actor,” she said, adding an anecdote on how she got over the early scenes with him, “He just shrugged, looked me in the eye and said, ‘I don’t know anything that you don’t know.’ That really set the tone for everything.”
Yeun himself told NPR of his excitement at the show that arose after he met up with Wong. “I think coming onto this show, I couldn’t fully see what was happening or what was possible until we started reading together,” he said. “And I was like, ooh, this is going to be fun.”