‘Do not tell me what to do’: Michelle Yeoh shuts down people who tell her to retire


Michelle Yeoh revealed that numerous people told her she ought to retire from acting in a recent podcast appearance.

On the Los Angeles Times' "The Envelope," Yeoh disclosed that the comments were made prior to her landing the role of Evelyn Wong in A24’s hit film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (“EEAAO”).

You know, as you get older, the roles get smaller. It seems like the numbers go up and these things go narrow and then you start getting relegated to the side more and more. So when "Everything Everywhere" came… it was very emotional because this means that you are the one who’s leading this whole process, who’s telling the story.

She also explained that more people began to advise her to retire as she got older.

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You know, as you get older, people start saying, "Oh yeah, you should retire. You should do this. You should…" No, guys. Do not tell me what to do. I should be in control of what I am capable of, right?

Yeoh concluded by once again crediting “EEAO” with giving her an opportunity to show what she was capable of.

The first thing is you feel like, "Finally, thank you. You guys see me, you guys really see, and you’re giving me the opportunity to show that I’m capable of doing all this." As an actor, you need the opportunity. You need the role that will help you showcase what you are capable to do.

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The role and film have been a smash success, sweeping an array of awards and nominations.

This year, Yeoh could be the first Asian to win an Oscar for Best Actress in over 80 years. She picked up the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical last month and was named Time’s Icon of the Year last year.

“EEAO” has amassed over $100 million globally at the box office, making it the best grossing film in A24’s filmography.

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