A celebratory gathering of Asian American actors turned into a solemn trip to remember the victims of the Monterey Park shooting for the cast of Everything Everywhere All at Once.
The Oscar-nominated cast and crew had a prescheduled dinner planned for Monday in Monterey Park, reported the Los Angeles Times. When the shocking news broke over the weekend, they decided to go ahead with their plans while at the same time pausing and reflecting.
“We started the night acknowledging what happened,” said Ke Huy Quan who the next day would receive an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. “We had a moment of silence for the victims. We just wanted to show Monterey Park that we love them.”
Like so many others, Quan shed a tear as he sat glued watching the news of the tragedy. He grew up in Monterey Park.
“It was so sad when we saw the streets were empty. We walked into the restaurant, and it was empty,” he said. “I’m so glad we went. We didn’t shy away from it. We didn’t cancel. We went there, we showed them our love, we supported the business, and I think that’s what people should do. That’s what I hope.”
Michelle Yeoh did not attend the dinner as she is in London working on a screen adaptation of Wicked with director Jon Chu. However, she told the Times the news has been tough on her.
“We must hold hands, hold each other and have hope in our hearts that we can step forth and make things better,” she said. “Hopefully this will be a little beacon of light, that we can collectively embrace each other and say, ‘Let us lift each other out of this grief and sadness.’ We have to usher in hope, love and forgiveness.”
She could be the first Asian to win a Best Actress nomination coming off her Golden Globe victory in the same category.
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