Michelle Yeoh’s legendary career has spanned countless genres and cult films, but even she has never appeared in a film quite like Everything Everywhere All at Once. Tasked with playing the protagonist, Evelyn, Yeoh had to hone her talents for comic timing and fight choreography, but also play in a far more absurd world than she had ever faced before. Some actors might balk at being asked to join such an unusual feature, but Yeoh was hooked from the start (via Cosmopolitan), largely because of the prospect of working with directors Dan Kwan and Dan Scheinert.
Yeoh was also thrilled to play a character like Evelyn, who inhabited an archetype (a middle-aged mother) that she felt was often completely obliterated in cinematic narratives. Not only getting the chance to play this role, but playing her as a strong protagonist filled Yeoh with excitement. Additionally, Yeoh was even more excited to be involved in Everything Everywhere All at Once because of the dedication of everyone involved in the film. Such passion is contagious and proved to be a key ingredient, among many, in securing Yeoh’s participation in this hauntingly unorthodox film.