Meet the breakout star of ‘Minari’

Yuh-Jung Youn talks about her acclaimed performance in the award-winning film.
3:26 | 03/03/21

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A new movie about love, family, and chasing the American dream is getting a lot of buzz right now. It's in great part due to a scene-stealing feisty grandma who knows how to dish a little tough love. Take a look. Pretty boy. Pretty boy. I'm not pretty. I'm good looking. That is a scene from the golden globe best foreign language film "Minari" and grandma, aka, yuh-jung Youn joins us now to talk about her role. Congratulations first of all. I love listing off this. You have been nominated for best supporting actress by the screen actors guild award, by the independent spirit award and the critic's choice award and a lot of people think an Oscar nod may be just around the corner. How does it feel to get such great praise for your role and what you did, and the work you put in? Oh, honestly, it's not real to me, because I'm not American. I'm Korean actor. Getting more and more about my movie is just -- it's not realistic to me actually. But thank you for having me. Well, you're going to be getting a lot more praise for a little while. Award season is just getting started. Congratulations on the movie, but everybody is talking about you being a kind of a tough love grandma, and in real life, are you that kind of tough love? Yes, I am grandmother, but it's different with that character, me, myself. I love what some people are calling you. They're referring to you as the Meryl Streep of South Korea. So was playing this role different from the Korean roles you typically play? How did this one compare? No, first of all, you tell me I'm Korean Meryl Streep. I don't think Meryl Streep would like that. And I know I'm flattered but, playing the grandma role in Korea, it's, well, I think it's almost the same, because I am a grandmother of, a Korean grandmother in the movie, so I didn't think that was a different role. "Minari" is getting so much attention. We are going to see you down the road, I'm sure. We're going to hear your name probably called another time or two. I know you're not thinking about that. But congratulations on everything with the movie. Thank you so much. I appreciate it. All right. And "Minari" is available in theaters and on demand. This one is being talked about, and there's a controversy about it because this is very much an American film that was put in a foreign language category, a foreign film category, but there's nothing more American than the story of "Minari." Dr. Jen Ashton with a final

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