“The older you get, they see you by your age”

Michelle Yeoh is open about aging, infertility, and the morning routine.  (Photo credit: REUTERS/David Swanson)

Michelle Yeoh is open about aging, infertility, and the morning routine. (Photo credit: REUTERS/David Swanson)

Life at 60 is pretty good for Michelle Yeoh, who sparks Oscar interest with her starring role Everything Everywhere Everything at once. (“Your loss, bro,” she countered as former co-star Jackie Chan texted to say that he had first been offered the plum role, originally intended for a male).

But in a new interview with Seth Doane for CBS Sunday Morningthe Malaysian actress admitted she was surprised to be cast “at this point in my career”.

“The older you get, the more they look at your age than your skills,” explained the martial arts-trained star.

Yeoh choked as she remembered the “cheerful” approval of the film’s writers and directors, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (aka “The Daniels”), who gave her a role that was not only physically demanding, but also required the ability to move at both times comedic and dramatic.

The Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon the actress was moved when she spoke to Doane about the importance of “when someone gives you the opportunity to show what you’re capable of.”

This validation was unexpected for Yeoh, given her fears that her “spectacular career” would end with every birthday.

“You don’t want it to just slow down or end because you’ve reached a certain age,” she said. “And you start getting scenarios where the guy, the hero, is still 50, 60…some even older. And they’re going on an adventure with your daughter. And then you say, “No, c “My dears, give me a chance.” Because I feel like I can still do it all.”

Yeoh also opened up about retiring from the film industry after marrying producer Dickson Poon in 1988, with the intention of devoting herself to motherhood. But when she found out she “can’t have children”, Tomorrow never dies The star left the marriage, explaining: “I knew it was a family that needed children.” Still, making this choice was “devastating.”

“This is life,” Doane said. “Now I have godchildren – beautiful godchildren. They are like my extended family.”

She also fell in love with French motor racing director Jean Todt, her romantic partner since 2004.

And while Yeoh’s days are a whirlwind of red carpets and awards shows, they all start out the same: stretching in bed and a sort of meditative apology to the body he’s about to use for his next daring stunt.

“Please forgive me. Excuse me. Thank you. I love you,” Yeoh tells himself as he shows off his morning routine on camera. “This body takes a lot of bumps and bruises, so this is my way of thanking it.”

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