A highlight from Michelle Yeoh - 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

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John's bay, which will live Arizona in the main tunnel uno. JCPenney. 6. Hi everyone, and thank you for joining us for the 462nd episode of awards chatter. The Hollywood Reporter's awards podcast. Scott feinberg, the host, and I am recording this episode as I don't need to tell the people in the room, but this is for our listeners in front of an audience of students at Chapman university's Dodge college of film and media arts, where I'm very proud. To teach part time. My guest today is a Malaysian born actress who has been in the game for nearly 40 years. She has been described by NPR as, quote, the leading lady of Hong Kong's action movies, close quote by GQ as, quote, one of the most physically gifted actresses alive, close quote. And by the Irish times, as quote, surely the greatest female action star in cinema history close quote. Exactly 25 years ago, mainstream American audiences were introduced to her in the James Bond film tomorrow never dies, in which she ushered in a new era of Bond girls who could kick ass and take names themselves. And over the years since she, too, has shined in movies made all around the world, including crouching Tiger hidden dragon, sunshine, the lady, Crazy Rich Asians, and this year, everything everywhere all at once, directed, directed by the Daniels for a 24, a breakout hit at the box office, which has brought her the best reviews of her career and could and should bring her some well deserved overdue awards attention later on in the season. But today, what we are going to discuss is all of the above and much more and then we are going to take your questions. And so without further ado, would you please join me in welcoming to Chapman one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2022 and an actress and movie star for all time, the great Michelle Yeoh. Thank you. Wow. Thank you. Michelle, thank you so much for coming to Chapman and doing this and great to see you. I had the privilege of interviewing you 11 years ago when you were promoting the lady and a lot has happened in the years since a lot happened before that. We're going to cover it all. But as we always do on this podcast, can we begin by just asking you, where were you born and raised? And what did your folks do for a living? Okay. Hi. I'm Michelle Yeoh. I was actually born Yoo king. And I was born in ipoh perak, Malaysia. All right, I'm going to give you the number 1962. Yes. It's a big, big year this year. Yes, very big. Yes. Oh, and my parents. My dad was a lawyer. wonderful, mother, housewife. Now, at the age of 15, you moved to London for what reason. I actually went to England, landed in London because I wanted to study ballet. And in fact, you did that there at a very prestigious place, but not long after being there, got a bad break, some bad news of sorts. Can you tell us about why you went there and what happened there? So ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted, I loved dance. I lived in the world of ballet and ballerina. That was a dream. Having one day my own school and teaching little girls and little boys, this great love of mine, which was ballet. So the best place to do it was in the Royal Academy of dance in London, and also the sister school, which is in Chester, which my father thought was much more appropriate since I was only 15, 16 years old. London wasn't exactly the best place to be in. So I went off to England and I had the best time really seriously. You know, classes started 9, and I was dancing. I was in the world of ballet. I was dancing all day, and then would go to night classes to do all levels. Like a normal student would. And unfortunately, by my second year, I came back a little late to class, and that was the worst thing you can do as an athlete or a dancer, is that because once class starts, you have to warm up sessions, and then you go straight into the brutal lifestyle of what it takes to be a ballerina. And because I was about two weeks late, I skipped the, I missed, I didn't skip. I missed completely the warmup Sessions, and went straight into full blown classes. And by the end of the week, I literally was crawling up the stairs because I had pulled a bad muscle.

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