Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn's stylist opens up about the 'funny' star


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When Yuh-Jung Youn took the stage at the 2021 Oscars to accept her Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Minari,” the 73-year-old was radiant. Viewers wondered, could it be her skincare routine?

Nah, it’s just her effortless sense of humor.

“She’s like the grandmother everyone wants to have,” her Hong Kong-based stylist Alvin Goh told The Post. “She doesn’t even know she’s funny, that’s the best part.”

On Sunday night, Youn became the first Korean actress to win an Academy Award. While accepting the Oscar for her role in “Minari,” she charmed audiences with her humble yet hilarious speech, referring to herself as a “mommy who works so hard” after calling out her A-List presenter: “Mr. Brad Pitt, finally nice to meet you — where were you while we were filming in person?”

Even in a deep navy dress by Marmar Halim, Youn shone bright amidst the lengthy telecast — but she didn’t plan it that way.

“She’s a very understated lady,” said Goh, who lovingly calls the star “YJ.” “She told me this and I’ll never forget it: ‘I do not need to stand out… I don’t need big jewels, I don’t need crazy clothes.’

“I have never heard any celebrity say that to me… I’ve worked with a lot of big celebrities: Emma Watson, Tilda Swinton, Uma Thurman, Dakota Johnson, Margot Robbie,” Goh said. “So it’s shocking for someone of that level like YJ to say that; She’s been in this industry for more than 50 years!”

Indeed, Youn is a household name in Korea: Most recently she starred on reality show “Youn’s Kitchen,” which was spun off into “Youn’s Stay,” set in a Korean guest house.

Said Goh, “She’s telling me, ‘You have to come to Korea, I have to cook something for you!'”

Due to pandemic restrictions, Goh and Youn have never actually met in person and communicated primarily via Zoom. All fittings were done virtually; they first started working together for the SAG awards in early April.

Goh had “at least 250 outfits” at the ready for the Oscars, and they settled on a long navy gown by Dubai-based label Marmar Halim worn with Chopard high jewelry, Bottega Veneta heels (which are actually available for purchase) and a Roger Vivier clutch.

“I’ve been receiving non-stop phone calls… people wanted to pay her to wear the brands. And she is not into all those things,” he said.

Indeed, Goh remembers Youn trying on gems from “a big famous international brand,” and saying, “It’s too heavy, I don’t like it! I can’t wave my hand,” he recalled with a laugh. “She wants to be understated… she wants to be comfortable.”

The gown they ultimately chose “is very much YJ’s style– it’s the kind of silhouette she would normally wear,” he said. Plus, the fabric is light and versatile: “Whether she’s sitting down or standing up, it doesn’t crease, which is a plus for her,” he said.

“The moment she tried it she said, ‘I like it.”

But they still wanted to give other glam garments a fighting chance and scheduled several video fittings, taking into account different time zones; Goh is based in Hong Kong, Youn has been in LA, and she has teams working in NYC and Korea.

“I’d go to sleep at 3 a.m. and get up at 6 a.m. to do a Zoom fitting with her,” he said. “I remember at  one of the fittings she saw me on Zoom [and said] ‘I like this dress, no more fittings. This dress is ok!  I am so grateful to you; You work so hard, no more fittings!’

Said Goh, “This is a true star, no drama, No drama, no nothing.”

In fact, they even toned-down the dress to match her low-maintenance vibe.

“The original design had panels inside but we took out everything; she didn’t want it to look too puffy,” Goh revealed.

“She’s not into the princess look. She wants to look age-appropriate — she owns her age.”

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SEOUL (Reuters) - While accepting her award for best supporting actress at Sunday's Academy Awards, South Korean film icon Youn Yuh-jung joked that her win may have been the result of American hospitality for a Korean actor.

If so, it was hospitality that had never been extended before. Youn's Oscar win for her role in "Minari" was a historic first for any Korean performer, a year after the South Korean-produced "Parasite" was lauded for "breaking the language barrier" when it became the first non-English language film to win Best Picture.

In her acceptance speech, Youn noted the challenges Korean actors have faced, joking about the different ways her name has been mispronounced.

"Tonight, you are all forgiven," she said with a smile.

Youn's witty speech and dryly humorous exchanges with reporters went viral as she joked about finally getting to meet presenter Brad Pitt, whose Plan B Entertainment Inc. produced "Minari."

"Finally, nice to meet you, where were you when we were filming?" she asked the actor to laughs from the audience. Asked by an entertainment reporter later what Pitt smelled like, Youn didn't bite.

"I didn't smell him. I'm not dog," she said, laughing.

Youn, 73, has been a fixture of Korean cinema for decades.

Amid the glitz and flashiness of South Korean icons such as K-pop global superstars BTS, Youn is perhaps an unlikely ambassador for an entertainment industry that is making ever greater strides on the world stage.

Youn downplayed competition with the other nominees, attributing her win to luck. And she acknowledged her roots in Korean cinema, dedicating her victory to the late Kim Ki-young, a legendary director who cast her in key roles in the 1970s and 1980s.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Youn's win rewrote the 102-year history of Korean film, and he praised her acting career as one that "gave sympathy to those who have lived in other cultures."

Moon also noted the Korean heritage of others involved in "Minari", including director Lee Isaac Chung and Steven Yeun, the first Asian-American to be nominated for a best actor Oscar.

Since her acting debut in 1966, Youn has been a sensation on Korean screens for playing witty, thought-provoking characters.

Before Sunday she had already won more than 30 awards for her role in "Minari" as a grandmother who travels to the United States to watch her grandchildren as their immigrant family tries to start a farm in 1980s Arkansas.

The film resonated widely in the United States at a time when reports of violence against Asian Americans have spiked since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Congrats to Yuh-Jung Youn and thanks to @MinariMovie for bringing to life a beautiful character that embodies the love and care and strength of Korean American families," U.S. congressman Andy Kim, who was born in Boston to Korean immigrant parents, said on Twitter.

When asked at a backstage news conference about more diverse films and actors being recognised, Youn said it was "about time" and that people should understand and embrace each other, rather than divide themselves by race or gender.

"I think if we put our colours together, make it more prettier, even a rainbow has a seven colours," she said. "It's an opportunity for us to share in the story together."

(Reporting by Josh Smith; Additional reporting by Sangmi Cha. Editing by Gerry Doyle)

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