In the wake of his acclaimed performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once , it’s now safe to say Ke Huy Quan won’t have to worry about keeping his health insurance through SAG anytime soon.
During an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden, the actor, 51, revealed his inactivity as a performer, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulted in him losing his health insurance.
While chatting with Corden, he admitted how worried he was when he was faced with the notion when the shoot for Everything Everywhere All At Once was shut down for eight months.
And then, after the filming was finally completed, Quan still faced the tough task of booking another acting job, because studios were still not going full force due to all the new health rules and regulations.
Like people all over the world, the actor recalled how he was ‘at home trying to stay safe like everybody’ during the pandemic.
Worried: Ke Huy Quan, 51, revealed he lost his health insurance in 2021 when he couldn’t book another acting job after filming Everything Everywhere All At Once; Pictured 2022
Pandemic: The actor, 51, revealed it was difficult to book another movie because studios were still not going full force amid the COVID pandemic; He is pictured with Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and James Hong in a still from Everything Everywhere All at Once
Faced with losing his insurance as he approached a year of not booking a new acting job, the former child star’s worries were reaching a fever pitch.
‘I was about to lose my health insurance. So, I called my agent and I said, “Can you please get me anything? It doesn’t matter, I just need one job to make the minimum requirement so I can qualify for health insurance the following year,’ he told Corden.
He went on to reveal, ‘I could not get one single job. Sure enough, 2021 came and went [and I] lost my health insurance.’
Now faced with living in the post-COVID world without insurance, and his confidence in limbo, Quan decided to call a producer on Everything Everywhere All At Once to ask about his performance.
‘”Can you please tell me one thing? Am I good in the movie?”‘ he said he asked the producer, who then told him to “Just be patient. You just wait.” The movie came out in March of last year and my life has changed.’
In the 11 months since the comedy-drama was released, Quan has received all kinds accolades and awards, including two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) wins for Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role and Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture.
And he also notched an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Waymond Wang in the film that also stars the likes of Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jenny Slate and Harry Shum Jr.
Quan will find out if he will be the one who takes home the Oscar when the Academy Awards ceremony is held on March 12.
Tough times: As he approached a year of not booking a new acting job, the former child star called his agent to help him book one new job in order to meet the minimum to keep his health insurance through SAG, the actor shared during on The Late Late Show With James Corden
Skies the limit: After admitting he did lose his health insurance in 2021, Quan shared how his career has skyrocketed in the wake of the success of Everything Everywhere All At Once
New lease on life: ‘The movie came out in March of last year and my life has changed,’ Quan cheerfully shared during the guest spot on the late night talk show
Triumph! For his performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once, Quan has received all kinds accolades and awards, including two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) wins for Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role and Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor; Pictured at SAG Awards
Child star: Quan became a child actor at the age of 12, starring as Harrison Ford’s sidekick Short Round in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)
Quan became a child actor at the age of 12, starring as Harrison Ford’s sidekick Short Round in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984).
The following year he starred in the adventure comedy film The Goonies (1985), where he played a member of the eponymous group of children, the inventor Richard ‘Data’ Wang.
His Hollywood resume also included roles in the television sitcoms Together We Stand (1986-1987) and Head of the Class (1990-1991).
Follow all the critical acclaim of Everything Everywhere All At Once, Quan has already booked and shot three new acting roles, which includes the science fiction adventure film The Electric State, the upcoming second season of the Disney + series Loki, and the action comedy series American Born Chinese that’s set to premiere on Disney + sometime in 2023.
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