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Ke Huy Quan lost his health insurance while waiting on ‘EEAO’ release: ‘I could not get a single job’

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    Oscar nominee Ke Huy Quan revealed that he lost his health insurance while waiting for the delayed release of “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (“EEAAO”).

    During his recent interview on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Thursday, Quan, 51, shared that he stayed safe at home during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    However, while waiting for “EEAAO” to premiere, he grew anxious since he auditioned for several roles via self-tapes but did not receive any acting offers.

    “I could not get a single job. This is 2021, and I was so nervous, I was about to lose my health insurance,” he told Corden.

    “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,'” Quan continued. “And I could not get one single job, and sure enough, 2021 came and went [and I] lost my health insurance.”

    Quan later called an “EEAAO” producer to ask if he was any good in his role as Waymond Wang because he couldn’t land any other roles. In response, the producer told him to “be patient” for the film’s release.

    Since March 2022, both the A24 film and Quan have garnered critical acclaim. The Oscar nominee, who became a child actor at the age of 12 after appearing in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” has won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, a Critics’ Choice Award and a Saturn Award, among many others.

    As for future roles, Quan will reunite with his fellow “EEAO” castmates Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Hsu in the upcoming Disney+ TV series “American Born Chinese.” He will also star in the second season of “Loki.”


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