'Minari' Star Yuh-Jung Youn Flirts With Brad Pitt And You Can't Blame Her For It

Yuh-Jung Youn became the first South Korean actress to win an Oscar, could this experience be upgraded? Always! While she was at it, she met Brad Pitt and did not miss the chance to joke about it

By Ingrid Mateos

- April 26 , 2021 - 12:56 hs
Youn Yuh-Jung & Brad Pitt

Youn Yuh-Jung & Brad Pitt (Twitter)

When Yuh-Jung Youn took the stage at the 2021 Oscars to accept her Best Supporting Actress award all eyes were on her since she became the first Korean actress to win the Oscar in this category. The actress stole the show not only by her talent but because of how charming she was when receiving the Award, demonstrating she has a sense of humor. The Best Supporting Actress was presented by Brad Pitt, while the list of female contenders included some big names like Olivia Colman for The Father, or Glenn Close for Hillbilly Elegy, Yuh-Jung Youn was the one to take the beloved prize home. Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Movie,) and Amanda Seyfried (Mank) were also nominated.


Just before starting her acceptance speech, the South Korean actress joked a little bit, probably to release tension, and directed her attention to the presenter. "Mr. Brad Pitt...finally! Nice to meet you," She then could not control giggling "Where were you while we were filming in person?" While some people remark it looked a little bit like a flirtatious comment, others wondered if the actress was shouting out to the world at a low-key level that Pitt was not actually seen around when the movie was made. After all, the actor was the producer of the film.

Yuh-Jung Youn also wondered how it was possible for her to win over her fellow supporting actress nominee Glenn Close “I've been watching her so many performances," she then added "So this is just, all the nominees, five nominees, we are the winners for the different movies. We play different roles, so we cannot compete with each other. I think I have just a little bit of luck, I think. Maybe I'm luckier than you, and also maybe it's American hospitality for the Korean actor? I'm not sure," she said.

Youn also thanked her “wonderful Minari family” and director Lee Isaac Chung “our captain and my director.” Also on her thank-you list, she mentioned her two sons, “who made me go out and work. This is the result,” Youn said, “because mommy worked so hard.”

The actress was the sensation when she arrived backstage. In it, some reporters asked her if she'd ever make a film with Pitt. "No. That would never happen with my English and the age," Youn answered, adding. "No, I don't think so. So I don't dream impossible dreams, so no, no answer." The actress then talked about the moment when Brad called her name as the winner and how she could not believe it. "I saw him on the stage and then he called my name," she said. "I could tell he practiced a lot, he didn't mispronounce my name. Then that moment when I got there, I just lost 'what I supposed to say,' 'should I begin' or something."

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