ALISON BOSHOFF: British actress Angela Yeoh set for stardom with role in She Said about the downfall of disgraced Harvey Weinstein
British actress Angela Yeoh gives a moving performance as Rowena Chiu, Harvey Weinstein‘s former assistant, in the film She Said, about the women who brought the film mogul down — and the journalists who told their story.
Yeoh landed the role after Chiu told filmmakers she wanted to be portrayed by a British Asian actress and ‘not an American actress putting on an accent’.
The two women met before filming and have become friends off screen, attending all three of the film’s premieres together.
One to watch: : British actress Angela Yeoh is set for stardom with a role in She Said about the downfall of disgraced Harvey Weinstein
Yeoh said: ‘I really cared about getting it right and we have come to support each other on the journey to getting this story on the screen.’
She came to acting via an unusual route, having started out as a journalist.
She also spent a couple of years studying at ‘clown school’ with French master of the art Philippe Gaulier — who also taught Emma Thompson, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.
Intense: Yeoh gives a moving performance as Rowena Chiu, Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant
I’m told Gaulier described one of the above talents as ‘very boring’ — I’ll leave it to readers to guess who that might have been.
Yeoh, who was raised in London and Australia, will next be seen in a sci-fi Apple TV series, Wool.
Directed by Maria Schrader from a screenplay written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, She Said is based on the book of the same name by the two journalists that was released in 2019.
In all, more than 80 women came forward and made allegations of sexual harassment and/or rape against Weinstein. Initially, he was convicted on charges of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape in New York in 2020, and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
He is currently on trial in Los Angeles for other sexual assault claims as he prepares to face more charges in London.
She Said opens in cinemas next Friday.
Trial: Weinstein is currently on trial in Los Angeles for other sexual assault claims as he prepares to face more charges in London