We hate to say it but Mary J. Blige may have some stiff competition come award season, and it’s not coming from Octavia Spencer. While folks are buzzing about Blige’s performance in Mudbound they are also singing the praises of newcomer, Hong Chau.
The Vietnamese actress who had small roles in HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and “Treme” was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe, and Critics Choice Award for best supporting actress for her role in Downsizing and we think she’s poised to win it all.
“What I hope happens after this is that I just get to do more interesting material because Downsizing is just a creative and unique story and one that we haven’t heard a million times,” she told us during the films’ L.A. press junket.
In the film, Chau plays Lan Tran, a tenacious, one-legged Vietnamese activist working as a maid with Matt Damon. She told us she modeled the character after her parents who were real-life political refugees who came to the U.S. after fleeing from Vietnam in the late 1970s.
“I was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and we came to the U.S. and ended up in New Orleans because we had a sponsor family there,” she explained. “So my characters story is my parents story as well.”
And what a story it is!
Downsizing arrives in theaters on December 22.