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Everything Everywhere All At Once Cast & Character Guide

Everything Everywhere All At Once is a sci-fi, comedy, and action film that thrusts some of the planet’s most famous actors into a truly surreal multiverse. In an era where superhero movies have shone a spotlight on the concept of the multiverse, Everything Everywhere All At Once is a refreshingly unique take on alternate realities. Unlike in the MCU’s multiverse concept, the Everything Everywhere All At Once cast is alone in playing the various alternate versions of themselves. For her role as the lead character, Evelyn Wang, Michelle Yeoh won the 2023 Golden Globe Award for best actress in a musical/drama.

Not surprisingly, Everything Everywhere All At Once was written and directed by the creative duo of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, also known as the Daniels — the same minds behind the surreal 2016 comedy Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe. While Everything Everywhere All At Once is undoubtedly a unique take on the now-overplayed concept of the multiverse, the movie is, at its core, about finding meaning in the vast meaninglessness of the multiverse. Through its alternate realities, the movie pays homage to the Matrix franchise, the MCU, and even Wong Kar-Wai’s tragic romantic films. In order to bring this ambitious narrative to life, the Daniels brought on a crew of both world-famous and relatively unknown actors.

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Evelyn Wang is an aging Chinese-American immigrant who finds out that she exists across multiple universes. The role is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges for actors Michelle Yeoh, who plays different versions of Evelyn throughout the character’s arduous journey of discovery. Today, younger audiences are most familiar with Yeoh for her roles as Ying Nan in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Philippa Georgiou in Star Trek: Discovery, and Aleta Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy. Before Yeoh became a legend in Hollywood, she starred in more than a dozen Chinese and Hong Kong action films.

Yeoh was also nominated for and won several awards for portraying Evelyn in the Everything Everywhere All At Once cast. This includes a nomination for the Film Independent Spirit Awards for best lead performance. Most notable, however, is how Yeoh bagged her first Golden Globe win in 2023. The Golden Globe for Best Actress in a musical/comedy was well deserved, too, as Yeoh’s performance anchored the bombastic plot of the movie.

In their cramped family apartment, Joy Wang can’t help but to constantly bicker with her mother Evelyn. Joy’s character highlights the generational differences between Chinese-American immigrants and their American-born offspring. Actor Stephanie Hsu is best known for playing Mei in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Hsu also appears in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Path, and Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens.

Curiously, the role of Stephanie Hsu in Everything Everywhere All At Once was initially reserved for a different actor. Originally, Awkwafina was cast for the role of Joy, but scheduling conflicts led her to drop out of the movie. This gave Hsu her breakthrough role in the movie that has defined the Daniels’ filmmaking style for mainstream audiences.

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Deirdre Beaubeirdra is an IRS inspector who urges the Wangs to take care of their paperwork. While the legendary Jamie Lee Curtis appears in films such as The Fog, Roadgames, Terror Train, and Mother’s Boys, Curtis is most famous for her role as Laurie Strode in all of the Halloween movies. Outside of classic horror, Curtis also has an extensive filmography that includes classic movies like Trading Places, True Lies, and The Tailor of Panama. Actor Jamie Lee Curtis’ horror movie roles are what truly secured her place as a silver screen veteran, though her dedicated performance in the Everything Everywhere All At Once cast means she’ll be remembered by younger audiences as an IRS agent from the multiverse.

Indeed, Curtis’ dedication to her character Deirdre Beaubeirdra was second to none. According to the Daniels, Curtis immediately sent them photos of weird outfits to find Deirdre’s perfect look. Curtis was also adamant about not using prosthetics, body-shapers, or concealers in order to be “truthful to this woman.” As Curtis explained (via Entertainment Weekly), “…my instruction to everybody was: I want there to be no concealing of anything. I’ve been sucking my stomach in since I was 11, when you start being conscious of boys and bodies, and the jeans are super tight. I very specifically decided to relinquish and release every muscle I had that I used to clench to hide the reality. That was my goal.”

Ke Huy Quan as Waymond Wang: Evelyn’s husband Waymond Wang is the man who holds Evelyn’s hand as she lives the unhappy and unfulfilling life of a laundromat owner. Actor Ke Huy Quan might be familiar to some audiences, because he played the iconic role of Data in The Goonies, as well as the equally iconic Short Round in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

James Hong as Gong Gong Wang: The role of Evelyn’s ailing father Gong Gong Wang is played by veteran actor James Hong. Amid Evelyn’s troubles, she also has to prepare for Gong Gong’s upcoming birthday party. James Hong is most famous for his roles as Mr. Ping in the Kung Fu Panda series, Grandpa in Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, and William May in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Jenny Slate as Big Nose: The character known only as Big Nose uses her tiny Pomeranian dog as a weapon and causes trouble for Evelyn. Jenny Slate is a comedic actor who has lent her iconic voice to shows life Big Mouth, Bob’s Burgers, and The Great North. Apart from appearing in Everything Everywhere All At Once, Slate also plays the titular role in Marcel the Shell With Shoes On and stars alongside Charlie Day in I Want You Back.

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