Life at 60 is pretty good for Michelle Yeoh, who made headlines at the Academy Awards with her starring role in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once . (“Missing you, Brother,” he replied when his former co-star Jackie Chan texted saying he was first offered a plum roll, which was originally intended for a man.)
But in a new interview with Seth Doane for CBS Sunday Morning , the Malaysian actress admitted she was taken aback by acting "at this point in my career".
“The older you get, the more they see you for your age and not for your abilities,” the martial arts-trained star explains.
Yeoh chokes at the memory of the "fun" support from the film's writers and directors, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (aka "Daniels"), who gave him a role that was not only physically demanding, but also required mobility. Comedy and dramatic moments.
Crouching Tiger, The Hidden Dragon actress got emotional when she spoke to Doane about what it means "when someone gives you a chance to show you what you can do."
This endorsement was unexpected for Yeoh, given his fear that his "brilliant career" would end every Christmas.
"You don't want it to slow down or end just because you've reached a certain age," he says. "And you start getting scripts where the guy, the hero, is still in his 50s, 60s… some of them are older than him. And you can go on an adventure with your daughter. Give me a chance." Because I feel like I can do anything."
Yeoh also spoke of her retirement from the film industry after marrying producer Dixon Boone in 1988, with plans to focus on motherhood. But when told she "can't have kids," the Tomorrow Never Dies star walked out of the wedding ceremony, explaining, "I know this is a family that needs kids." But making this decision was "devastating".
"C'est la vie," she told Dwayne. "Now I have a idol son—a beautiful child of a goddess. They are like my extended family."
She also found love with French racing driver Jean Todt, her romantic partner since 2004.
And while Yeoh's days are a whirlwind of red carpets and award shows these days, they all start the same way: lying in bed and some kind of bodily meditative reasoning, which you'd use for another daring stunt.
"Give me please. Sorry. Thank you. I love you," Yoh said to himself during a demonstration of his morning routine on camera. "It's got rid of a lot of bumps and bruises so this is my way of saying thank you."
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