Michelle Yeoh, star of the smash action picture “Everything, Everything, Everywhere,” has been chosen Time’s Icon of the Year for 2022. In an interview released Tuesday, the actress, 60, talked about the challenges she encountered as an Asian actor in the entertainment industry.
“It shouldn’t be about my race, but it’s been a struggle,” she explained. “At the very least, allow me to try.” These difficulties, she claims, have contributed to the popularity of “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
The March release stars Yeoh as a laundromat owner who is given a crash course in different worlds and must learn from the lives of her other selves in order to thwart a nihilistic evil. Rotten Tomatoes reports that the action-packed genre fusion has received 95% good reviews.
Yeoh says the hype surrounding her performance has made her consider being the first Asian woman to win best actress at the Oscars.
“I’ve considered it,” she said. “Not just me; I believe my entire Asian community has considered it.” They approach me and say, ‘You’re doing it for us.’ Though many have tipped Yeoh to be a contender for best actress at next year’s event, the actress believes she doesn’t need to win.
“It’s not about having to have it,” she explained. “It’s that sensation you don’t have to explain: it’s other people’s affection.” “My arms are open.”
Why the multiverse is currently ‘Everywhere,’ from ‘Doctor Strange’ to Michelle Yeoh’s new film. Yeoh also expressed concern that, despite her success, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” could be her last chance to demonstrate the breadth of her skill.
“I look at all my colleagues — Cate Blanchett, Olivia Colman, Helen Mirren — and think, Oh God, I envy all the varied possibilities you have to exhibit your ability again and over,” she remarked. “When you have a chance like this, you have to put your heart and everything into it because you never know when the next one will come… That is perhaps my greatest fear: “Please don’t let this be the one and only.”