Minari's Youn Yuh-jung Says Her First Oscars Experience Is 'Exciting and Very Strange'
Youn Yuh-jung is living a dream.
"Everyone all over the world knows about the Oscars," she said on the E! pre-show. "It's a very famous awards ceremony. As a Korean, as an Asian woman — I think in Korea I'm the first nominee for the Oscars so it's a very historic moment for us. It's very exciting and very strange to me, actually."
Youn, 73, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the family's strong-willed matriarch in the drama about immigrants who migrate to a farm in Arkansas in pursuit of the American dream.
While filming, Youn said she formed a tight bond with the entire cast, which includes Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim, Noel Cho.
"We made a family together," she said. "That's what's so special about this movie, we became a real family."
And as she mentioned, if she wins the coveted Oscar, she will make history as the first South Korean actress to win for Best Supporting Actress. Youn took home the Screen Actors Guild award last month for the role.
"It's stressful. I feel like I'm competing for my country. It's like the Olympics," she previously told PEOPLE of the potential honor. "I don't believe in competition, especially comparing acting to one to another. So being nominated to me, means I already got the award."
The 93rd Academy Awards are airing live on Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.