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Youn Yuh-jung says 'snobbish' comment came from experience

Writer: Heidi Hsia

The Korean actress feels very privileged for being recognised by the British people
The Korean actress feels very privileged for being recognised by the British people

13 Apr – Veteran Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung recently admitted that her funny remark about British people being a snob at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) came from her own personal experience.

The actress, who won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "Minari" at the BAFTAs on Sunday, stated that she has visited Britain lots of times and had a fellowship in a Cambridge college ten years ago as an actor, where she interacted with a lot of the locals.

"Somehow it felt very snobbish, but not in a bad way. You have a long history and then you have your pride. As an Asian woman, I felt these people are very snobbish, that's my honest feeling," she said.

Youn made presenter David Oyelowo laughed with her acceptance speech that she made online during the said awards ceremony earlier, when she expressed, "Thank you so much for this award. Every award is meaningful, but this one, especially being recognised by British people, known as very snobbish people, and they approve of me as a good actor, so I'm very, very privileged and happy. Thank you so much."


Youn Yuh-jung is already a very popular and famous actress in South Korea

At the same time, the beloved Korean thespian also expressed her condolences over the death of Prince Phillip, who passed away last week at the age of 99.

The 73-year-old South Korean actress beat out other worthy contenders including Maria Bakalova ("Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"), Dominique Fishback ("Judas and the Black Messiah"), Niamh Algar ("Calm With Horses"), Kosar Ali ("Rocks"), and Ashley Madekwe ("County Lines") to win the said award.

Youn previously won similar accolade at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and is nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards.


The actress made award presenter David Oyelowo laughed with her remark

Asked if she thinks she has a chance at the upcoming Oscars, Youn replied, "I don't know anything about Oscars or BAFTAs. In Korea I've been in this business such a long time, I'm very famous domestic-wise, not internationally. I don't know what's going on now, I don't know what's happening to me. So don't ask me!"

Cinema Online, 13 April 2021

Related Movies:
Minari (English / Korean) (01 Apr 2021)


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