FILE – Han Yeri, back row from left, Steven Yeun, director Lee Isaac Chung and foreground from left, Yuh Jung Youn, Alan Kim and Noel Cho pose for a portrait to promote the movie “Minari” during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 27, 2020.



This picture published by A24 shows Yuh-jung Youn in a scene from “Minari”.



The 'Minari' actor is nonchalant about new fame outside of South Korea

FILE – Yuh Jung Youn poses for a portrait to promote the movie “Minari” during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 27, 2020.



The 'Minari' actor is nonchalant about new fame outside of South Korea

FILE – Yuh Jung Youn poses for a portrait to promote the movie “Minari” during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 27, 2020.



The 'Minari' actor is nonchalant about new fame outside of South Korea

This picture, published by A24, shows from left Steven Yeun, Alan S. Kim, Yuh-Jung Youn, Yeri Han and Noel Cho in a scene from “Minari”.

From JUWON PARK Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – When Youn Yuh-jung was asked in a recent interview how she feels about being referred to as the “Meryl Streep of South Korea,” she said she was flattered by the comparison. But she had her own introduction.

“I’m just a Korean actress in Korea,” said the 73-year-old actor. “My name is Yuh-jung Youn. So I like to be myself. “

Youn doesn’t need an introduction to South Korea, with a film career spanning over five decades. But it is being discovered by out-of-country audiences through Minari, a semi-autobiographical film based on Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung’s childhood about a family who moves to rural Arkansas to start a small farm.

Youn plays Soonja, who moves to live with her daughter and stepson from Korea and develops a tender but strange relationship with her grandson David (Alan Kim), the only member of the American-born family.

The film wowed Sundance and was a top contender during Hollywood awards season. It won Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes and won six nominations at the British Film Academy Awards.

If Oscar nominations are announced on Monday, Youn will likely be included in the supporting actresses category. Said she didn’t think much about getting an award, she said, “That would be something I can’t and don’t want to imagine, so I don’t know … For me, an award means getting the next job . “