Michelle Yeoh’s mom was ‘upset’ by ‘everything everywhere at once’
“It’s so typical of my mom: she wants me to walk around the whole movie looking like a movie star.”
Michelle Yeoh’s mom just wants her to look like a “movie star” in every role.
The Oscar nominee for All at Once revealed that her own mother had concerns about Yeoh playing humble laundromat owner Evelyn Wang, despite the film’s critical acclaim and box office success.
“I think my mom was upset when she saw the movie,” Yeoh said in a W Magazine cover story. “I was really worried that she would see the sex toys flying around in the film, but I guess she never noticed. Instead she said, “Why do you look so old? You should look like the movie you wore the ball gown in!’”
Yeoh added, “I’m like, ‘Oh my God.’ But that’s so typical of my mom: she wants me to walk around the whole movie looking like a movie star.”
The Tomorrow Never Dies alum clarified that she “doesn’t play myself, and I wouldn’t want to do that,” and instead worked with the Daniels’ directors to create (many) looks for her character.
“Thank God they wanted me to play Evelyn Wang, an Asian immigrant you walk by in Chinatown and probably don’t notice,” Yeoh said. “She’s kind of invisible, but she works so hard to help her family achieve the American Dream. She is completely disheveled – to get this look I wore a wig with lots of white hair, reading glasses around my neck and very practical clothes. I had to change my posture – this is a woman who has no time for sports. She must look frumpy.”
Co-star Jamie Lee Curtis previously said she “just wanted to be honest” with her own role as IRS Inspector Deirdre Beaubeidra.
“There’s an industry in the world — a billion-dollar, trillion-dollar industry — that’s about hiding things. concealer. body shaper fillers. Procedure. Clothing. hair accessories. hair products. Anything to hide the reality of who we are,” Curtis said. “And my directive to everyone was: I want there to be no concealment anything.”
Curtis continued, “Since I was 11 I’ve sucked in my stomach when you start to be boyish and body conscious and the jeans are super tight. I chose very specifically to give up and release every muscle I had that I used to clench to hide reality. That was my goal.”
Director Daniel Kwan, who directed the film along with co-screenwriter Daniel Scheinert, narrated Weekly entertainment that Curtis went without prosthetics to morph into her own stale “strange” alter ego.
“Everyone assumes her stomach in the movie is a prosthetic, but it’s actually her real stomach,” Kwan said. “She was grateful that she just got to let it out.”
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https://www.indiewire.com/2023/01/michelle-yeoh-mother-upset-everything-everywhere-all-at-once-1234797481/ Michelle Yeoh’s mom was ‘upset’ by ‘everything everywhere at once’