While “Everything Everywhere” brought the actor back into the limelight, Quan was open about his struggles in Hollywood, especially after his early success as a child actor in the 1980s. His career began in the 1984 blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, where he played Indiana Jones’ child sidekick Short his round. The following year, he found himself in yet another iconic role as neighborhood rogue Data in “The Goonies.” However, the chances had dried up and Quan said he decided to give up his acting career to work behind the camera.
“Hollywood didn’t want me. “Actor Roundtable“The hard part was saying goodbye to the dream I’ve always wanted, but being an Asian actor was hard at the time.”
Kuan became well-respected behind the scenes as a stunt coordinator and assistant director, working on projects such as “X-Men,” but the blockbuster “Crazy Rich Asians” prompted the actor to change his mind. He said.
Kuan said on “Round Table” that the expansion of roles for Asian actors, which romantic comedies were partly symbolic of, led him to return to the acting game.
“I’ve noticed that Hollywood is changing dramatically. They’re giving more people more opportunities,” recalls Quan. “I said, ‘Maybe I should try acting again.
Quan said on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” last month that although “Everything Everywhere” has been booked, it’s still hard to find work after production is over. And he feared that he was “going through everything I went through as a kid.” However, Kuan said his career has taken a big turn since the movie’s release. He is slated to star in Disney’s upcoming series ‘American Born Chinese’ and the second season of Marvel’s ‘Loki’.
Quan credits his wife Echo in his acceptance speech with giving him the encouragement he needed to give acting another go.
“Dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up,” he said. “To everyone out there, let your dreams live.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/ke-huy-quan-everything-everywhere-wins-oscar-best-actor-supporting-rol-rcna73583 Ke Huy Quan for ‘Everything Everywhere’ Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actor