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Michelle Yeoh is happy she’s no longer being written as “Asian-looking” characters


LOS ANGELES, May 23 (IANS) Academy Award-winning actress Michelle Yeoh believes the “best thing” about her award-winning success is that she is no longer receiving scripts for only Asian-looking characters.

The 60-year-old star won Best Actress at a series of ceremonies this year, including the Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Golden Globes for her role as Evelyn Kwan Wang in Everything Everywhere at Once, She is pleased to be offered a variety of roles, aceshowbiz.com reports.

“The best thing that happened is that I received a script that didn’t describe the character as someone with Chinese or Asian appearance. We’re actors. We’re supposed to move.”

“We’re supposed to step into the roles we’re given and do our job as best we can. That, to me, is the biggest step forward,” she said during the Kering Women in Motion talks at the Cannes Film Festival.

Yeoh reflected on her Cannes debut over 20 years ago with “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and said she felt it was “crystal clear” that Hollywood wasn’t ready to celebrate Asian actors at the time.

She said, “There were a lot of great Asian and Chinese films coming out at that time. But if you look at all the films that were nominated here in Cannes and won awards, best director, best film, everything is rarely nominated, especially at a ceremony.” The distribution of the Oscars.

“Wonder how you get there without the actors? So, it just seems a little weird.”

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