95th Oscar’s Best Actress Winner returns home to Malaysia for a fan meeting and press conference on 18 April.
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Oscar-winning actress Michelle Yeoh met her fans at the ‘Pride of Malaysia Michelle Yeoh Homecoming Public Fan Meet’ yesterday (18 April) at 4 pm at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
According to CNA, it took Michelle over half an hour to walk the longest red carpet to reach the stage at Pavilion Mall as she politely obliged her fans with selfies & autographs.
It took TS Michelle Yeoh over half an hour to walk the longest red carpet to reach the stage at Pavilion Mall . She politely obliged her fans with selfies & autographs. Over a thousand packed the steps & concourse balconies . A memorable day for the icon, she won their hearts. https://t.co/OYDBqUqI6e pic.twitter.com/wvrqSVv93w— Melissa Goh (@MelGohCNA) April 18, 2023
Just before that, around noon, Michelle made an appearance for the media at Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur for her ‘Michelle Yeoh, The Pride of Malaysia Homecoming Press Conference.’
As reported by FMT, she expressed how great it was for her to be back in Malaysia and continued to list a few Malaysian food gems she ate such as Curry Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Nga Choi Kay (Ipoh’s famous beansprout chicken) and Hor Fun.
“That’s why I look so fat,” she joked.
There, she said that she is considering to take more new challenges in her career such as becoming a producer but not directing. According to her, directors have no life and she loves her life too much to do that.
Michelle loves producing. She has produced before and is deciding to do so again now as more people have started to listen and appreciate what she brings.
She also told her fans and young actors out there to follow their dreams and not be afraid of challenges.
Don’t become me. Be you.TS Michelle Yeoh, Ipoh-born international superstar
I believe that you’re born to be better. Having won the Oscar was a beacon of hope for all of us. It shows that it can be done, and all of you can do it.
Don’t be me. Be you.
As for her golden Oscars trophy, she said that she was going to let her mother keep it for a while.
Besides that, she also mentioned how being a Malaysian played an integral part in how and what she came to be.
The beauty of Malaysia is that we are multiracial. That has made me such an international, global person.TS Michelle Yeoh, Ipoh-born international superstar
Being brought up in an environment like that, has made me into a more open, giving and accepting person.
In fact, I think that is the one thing that we should do for eachother, accept what we are.
In her groundbreaking win last month, Michelle became the first Asian and Malaysian to win the Best Actress award at the 95th Academy Awards.
Even with a short time span, she still manages to fly back and forth to celebrate her win with loyal fans around the world.
Michelle actually already came to Malaysia – Ipoh, specifically – two weekends ago to celebrate her mother’s birthday and to pay a visit to her late father Datuk Yeoh Kian Kiek’s grave.
Then also last weekend, she went to Hong Kong – a place where she started her acting career over 40 years ago – for the Cartier & Women exhibition held at the Hong Kong Palace Museum. She then appeared as a presenter at the Hong Kong Film Awards (16 April), according to The Star.
As for future plans, Michelle said she’ll return to Malaysia again in July after her filming of Wicked the movie settles in London.
She hopes to help lift the local film industry one day and is expressing plans to work with Finas, as reported by CNA.
When you make a movie, it should be global.TS Michelle Yeoh, Ipoh-born international superstar
I know there are amazing filmmakers from this part of our world.
We just have to create platforms that will showcase their talent.
There are also talks of wanting her to conduct masterclasses in the future, as an effort to create an opportunity and the correct platform to showcase Malaysian talents.