"As an actor, you hope to find roles that are challenging to you as an artist. Then if you are truly blessed, you will find that it also carries a message that you can impart to your audience."Born in Malaysia, Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng (born 6 August 1962) is one of the most famous modern actresses to come out of Asia. She has worked in the Hong Kong film industry for four decades now. She has starred alongside such Asian actors as Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Chow Yun-fat. To Western audiences, she is best known for her roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tomorrow Never Dies, Memoirs of a Geisha, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. She also starred in Jackie Chan's Police Story 3 (aka Super Cop) as well as the cult-classic Heroic Trio. More recently, she has joined the cast of Star Trek: Discovery.
She provides examples of:
- Action Girl: She often plays female martial artists and is quite skilled in real life.
- Badass Longcoat: Sports one in Silver Hawk (no relation) as the title motorcycling vigilante.
- Breakout Character:
- Police Story 3 starred her character, who was the Sidekick of Jackie's character in the previous movie. She was so popular with audiences, her character had a spinoff movie.
- Also, a sequel to Tomorrow Never Dies was planned with her character Colonel Wai Lin in mind but it never came to fruition for some reason. Similar efforts to work her into a role in Die Another Day also fell through after early drafts.
- The Cameo: She was the snake charmer in the The Karate Kid remake.
- The Captain: In Star Trek: Discovery, she played Captain Philippa Georgiou of the U.S.S. Shenzhou.
- Dead Star Walking: Unfortunately, her character was killed off in the second episode.
- Dark Action Girl: Often played this role when she was younger.
- Distaff Counterpart: She is often seen as the female Jackie Chan since she does her own stunts, just like Jackie.
- The Emperor: She returned to Star Trek: Discovery as the Terran Emperor of the Mirror Universe.
- Hilarious Outtakes: For Supercop, yes. Subverted at the end of Ah Kam, which only elicits wincing as you watch the result of her stunt Gone Horribly Wrong.
- Made of Iron: Has done her share of death-defying stunts over the years. This has led to more than a few injuries, most notably breaking her back when jumping from an overpass filming Ah Kam: The Stuntwoman.