Newly crowned Oscar-winner Ke Huy Quan is thoroughly aware that success doesn’t come easy, and is open to ideas on how to make his good fortune last.
The Everything Everywhere All at Once star revealed he didn’t yet have his next roles lined up after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor on Sunday but got some valuable career advice about the next steps, from Cate Blanchett.
“I told her that I don’t know what I’m going to do next, but I feel I have a responsibility to do something good, and that I don’t want to disappoint all the people that have supported me,” Quan told Variety in a new interview published on Wednesday.
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Quan said Blanchett’s advice was to “Just go with your heart and be irresponsible”
“Don’t worry about what other people think,” the actor said Blanchett told him.
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“Choose something that you believe in, choose something that you love, and things will work out.'”
During the interview, done the morning after his big win, the Vietnam-born Quan made reference to his beginnings in Hollywood as a child star.
He arrived in Los Angeles after spending a year in a refugee camp in Hong Kong, when his parents chose to flee Vietnam by boat.
“I didn’t have the maturity to process the sacrifices that my parents made so that we could have a better future,” he said.
“And as fate would have it, four years later, I landed a job on Indiana Jones, which changed my life.”
On Sunday, Quan made sure to find Spielberg and Ford during the starry Academy Awards telecast to share the moment.
He recalled approaching Spielberg during a commercial break, when the director was seated next to his wife Kate Capshaw, who co-starred with Quan in Temple of Doom 40 years ago.
The director put his arms on Quan’s shoulders, he said, and told him: “You are now an Oscar-winning actor.”
Later, when Ford presented the Best Picture Oscar to Everything Everywhere All at Once, Quan made a bee-line to the septuagenarian star and gave him an emotional embrace onstage.
“When he opened that envelope and read the title, it made our win for best picture even more special,” Quan shared.
“I just couldn’t help myself. I just want to shower this man with all my love. I gave Harrison Ford a big kiss on the cheek!”
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