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  • >> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY! WELCOME BACK.

  • MY NEXT GUEST IS AN ACTOR YOU KNOW FROM "THE WALKING DEAD,"

  • "OKJA", AND "BURNING."

  • HIS LATEST FILM IS "MINARI."

  • >> EVIE -- ( SPEAKING IN A FOREIGN

  • LANGUAGE ) WHOO!

  • >> WHOO!

  • WHOO OOOOOOO!

  • >> Stephen: PLEASE WELCOME TO "A LATE SHOW," STEVEN YEUN.

  • HEY, STEVEN.

  • THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

  • >> HEY, STEPHEN, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

  • THIS IS SO COOL.

  • >> Stephen: ONE THING WE HAVE IN COMMON BESIDES OUR NAME,

  • PEOPLE OUT THERE OBVIOUSLY HAVE NO IDEA YOU AND I BOTH WORKED AT

  • THE SECOND CITY IN CHICAGO.

  • YOU WERE THE NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY, RIGHT?

  • >> YEAH, I GOT A BRIEF STINT AT THE TOURING COMPANY.

  • IT WAS AWESOME.

  • I GOT TO LOOK AT YOUR IMAGE QUITE A BIT.

  • >> Stephen: YOU LUCKY MAN.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) A LOT OF PEOPLE DO COMEDY AND

  • THEY END UP DOING NOTHING ELSE WITH THEIR CAREERS, BUT HOW THAT

  • IS IMPROV OR IMPROV COMEDY EVEN HELPED YOU AS A DRAMATIC ACTOR?

  • >> YOU KNOW, IMPROV IS SUCH A GREAT FOUNDATION, I THINK, YOU

  • KNOW, THE TENETS OF STAYING PRESENT, LISTENING, BEING

  • SPONTANEOUS, THOSE ARE ALL REALLY GREAT FIRST TOOLS TO KIND

  • OF LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR ME AND, UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT THAT

  • DIFFERENT THAN DRAMATIC ACTING.

  • YOU KNOW, DRAMATIC ACT, YOU JUST DON'T HAVE TO BE WITTY AND FUNNY

  • THE WHOLE TIME.

  • THAT TAKES A WHOLE SECTION OF THE THING OFF.

  • SOUTH NICE.

  • >> Stephen: SOMEBODY GIVES YOU LINES.

  • >> YEAH, AND THEY TELL YOU WHAT TO SAY.

  • SO THAT'S ALSO EASIER.

  • >> Stephen: YOU HAVE BEEN ACT AGO LONG TIME -- ACTING A LONG

  • TIME.

  • I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE THIS PHOTOGRAPH.

  • THIS IS YOU IN KINDERGARTEN RIGHT THERE.

  • WERE YOU ACTING EVEN AT THAT AGE?

  • >> YOU KNOW WHAT?

  • LOOKING BACK, I PROBABLY WAS.

  • I JUST -- THAT IMAGE OF ME LANDING IN SASKATCHEWAN IN MY

  • FIRST YEAR OF SCHOOL IN AMERICA, IN THE WEST, AND I -- I PROBABLY

  • WENT INWARD FROM THAT POINT ON.

  • NOT TO BE SAD ABOUT IT, BUT, YEAH, I THINK I STARTED, YOU

  • KNOW, THAT WAS MASK WORK STARTING THERE.

  • >> Stephen: BECAUSE -- DID YOU HAVE ENGLISH AT THIS AGE?

  • >> NO, I HAD NO ENGLISH.

  • MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME THE FIRST ENGLISH WORDS I LEARNED WERE

  • "DON'T CRY."

  • >> Stephen: OH, MY GOSH.

  • YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE SAID IT TO YOU?

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: OH, MY GOD!

  • ( LAUGHTER ) HOW DO YOU SAY "DON'T CRY" IN

  • KOREAN?

  • ( SPEAKING KOREAN ) >> Stephen: I NEED TO HEAR

  • THAT RIGHT NOW, JUST THINKING OF THIS CHILD BEING TOLD NOT TO

  • CRY.

  • SO WHAT WAS -- WHEN DID YOU SAY TO YOURSELF, OKAY, I WANT TO DO

  • THIS AS -- I WANT TO BE A PERFORMER, I WANT TO MAKE THIS

  • MY LIFE?

  • >> YOU KNOW, I WENT TO COLLEGE -- I WENT TO COLLEGE IN

  • KALAMAZOO, KALAMAZOO COLLEGE, AND I GOT TO SEE MY IMPROV

  • TROUPE AT MY SCHOOL THAT JORDAN KLEPPER WAS A PART OF.

  • >> Stephen: OH, WOW.

  • AND HE WASN'T THERE, UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN I WENT

  • THERE.

  • BUT I KIND OF GRAVITATE TOWARDS IT.

  • I LOVE THE FREEDOM, I LOVE THE PERFORMANCE.

  • HONESTLY, IT WAS -- I THINK IT WAS JUST LIKE YOU CAN BE

  • ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE UP THERE AT ANY GIVEN TIME, AND PEOPLE

  • WILL LAUGH IF YOU'RE FUNNY.

  • SO I LIKE THE CHALLENGE OF THAT, I GUESS.

  • >> Stephen: WELL, THE NEW FILM "MINARI" IS ABOUT -- IT'S A

  • KOREAN-AMERICAN FAMILY THAT MOVES TO ARKANSAS IN PURSUIT OF

  • THEIR DREAM.

  • WHWHAT DOES THE WORD MINARI MEAN WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT?

  • >> MINARI, IT'S A PLANT.

  • IT'S A PLANT THAT, IN ITS VERY PROFOUND WAY ISAAC, OUR

  • DIRECTOR, LEE ISAAC CHUNG HAS THIS GREAT STORY ABOUT HOW HIS

  • GRANDMOTHER PLANTED IT WHEN SHE CAME OVER TO JOIN THE FAMILY

  • FARM.

  • IT DIES IN THE FIRST YEAR AND THRIVES IN THE SECOND.

  • SO YOU HARVEST THE SECOND GROWING.

  • IT ACTUALLY PURIFIES THE WATER AND THE SOIL AROUND IT.

  • HE TOLD ME IN ALL THE YEARS THAT HIS DAD TRIED TO DO ALL THESE

  • DIFFERENT TYPES OF CROPS, THE THING THAT GREW THE BEST WAS HIS

  • GRANDMOTHER'S MINARI, THEY DIDN'T REEL HAVE TO KEEP AFTER

  • IT, JUST DID IT ON ITS OWN.

  • >> Stephen: WE'LL TAKE A QUICK BREAK.

  • STICK AROUND.

  • BACK WITH NOR STEVEN YEUN.

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