Actress Youn Yuh-Jung from ‘Minari’ talks about her Oscar nomination

Youn is nominated for best supporting actress for her performance in the Oscar-nominated film.
3:36 | 04/20/21

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Back now with our road to the oscars, the best supporting actress nominee who starred in "Minari" spoke with Chris Connelly and good morning to you, Mr. Connelly. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. Yuh-jung Youn's performance in the cinematic gem "Minari" has a lot of people talking and now she has a few things to say as well. In the Oscar nominated "Minari," 73-year-old Korean actress yuh-jung Youn is a crowd pleasing sensation, as a strong minded grandmother who comes to Arkansas and must build a relationship with her grandson. It was very natural. She's the grandmother and but she was hiding, you know, because he never seen me before. That was the first time in his life seeing grandmother. Reporter: Based in part of the director's own story, "minari"'s insights into the Korean immigrant experience and family dynamics found expression in yuh-jung's interactions with 7-year-old acting novice Alan Kim. I was really worried about him, oh, my goodness, what I'm going to do with that little boy, well, I always wrong. The first night -- the first day he memorized the all -- whole thing and then he was so natural like sponge and the good thing was he didn't like me at all. He didn't like you? What didn't he like about you? Oh, he was afraid, I think, because I'm very old. Minari. From that moment we connected. Reporter: Her Oscar nomination for supporting actress climaxes a 50-year career that saw her star in Korean cinema in her 20s. And then you left it all behind and you moved to America in the mid '70s. Because I married and I thought, you know, I would marry happily ever after, so that -- my ex-husband wanted to come here and then study so I followed him. Reporter: She quit acting and they settled in St. Petersburg a decade later she was back in Korea with two young sons, a divorcee that needed to go back to work. My name was banished but nobody used me, back in 40 years ago people see it's like scarlet letter. Reporter: But in time her career flourished starring in "A good lawyer's wife" getting her own cooking show and turning up on the Netflix series "Sensate." I haven't felt this awake in a very long time. What kind of emotions went through your heart the first time you watched the movie with an audience? I was really surprised because we thought we were making Korean immigrant story, a Korean story but all the audience was all caucasian and they cried and they laughed. You think we are different people but we are after all same human being. Why do you think we're able to understand that the stories you're telling are universal? We all have a grandmother and we all have a parent. Reporter: When she got nominated she was still in quarantine so had to drink her champagne alone. I think on Sunday there will be plenty of people ready to raise a glass to her, Michael. Absolutely, Chris. Thank you so much for that. "Minari" is in theaters and on demand and you can watch the 93rd oscars this Sunday on ABC.

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