Michelle Yeoh Didn't Set Out to Be a Star. She Just Stayed True to What She Believed In

The Everything Everywhere All at Once and American Born Chinese star discusses her start in action films when there was no blueprint for women to follow

Michelle Yeoh wasn’t trying to become a martial arts movie star. Or an international film star. Or a trailblazer for the next generation of action stars.

She simply asked one question when starting out on Hong Kong action movie sets in the late 1980s: “Why can’t the women do that?”

Embarking on an acting career at a time when there was no blueprint for how women could make it in action films, the Malaysian actor leaned into her dance background when learning how to perform her own stunts.



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This story first appeared in the July 11, 2022, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.