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Michelle Yeoh: I love strong women

Michelle Yeoh has revealed she is drawn to playing strong characters.

From her portrayal as Chinese spy Wai Lin in the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies to her current role as Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady, it's clear that the Malaysian actress loves women who have a fighting spirit.

"I think I love the strength in a person. I think sometimes as actors you gravitate towards the flaws of characters and all that," she said.

"I guess I'm drawn to seeing women who have to fight on different levels for what is rightfully theirs."

As one of the only Chinese actresses in Hollywood, Michelle has had her own fight, but prefers to play it down.

"I think all actresses will tell you that they have to fight every step of the way. I think it's not a unique experience for me," she continued.

"It is difficult, and that's why I think it is very important that we as Asians tell our own stories and not just wait for other people to tell our stories for us.

"We have a great, very rich history and culture. In our own background in Asia, we have so many different cultures, we have so many different stories to tell. So I think it is very important on our part to make that strong."

:: The Lady is in cinemas now.


From Belfast Telegraph