Ngo thanh van to star in star wars

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Van Veronica Ngo as Quynh in "The Old Guard." Netflix

It"s certainly a concept that Ngo is very excited lớn explore. After 500 years of being trapped in an iron maiden, we find out at the kết thúc of the movie that Quynh has escaped. And she"s likely out for revenge.

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But Ngo admits it"s still unknown khổng lồ her what the future holds for Quynh or the possibility of a sequel.

"Everyone"s so curious about her," Ngo said about the Quynh character to over the phone from Vietphái mạnh. "When she meets Booker, there"s so much pain and anger in her. There"s a lot more we want khổng lồ know about her, but you have sầu to lớn ask Netflix what will happen next."

While "The Old Guard" and "Da 5 Bloods" may have introduced some Western audiences khổng lồ Ngo (who also played bombardier Paige Tico in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"), in Vietnam giới, she"s one of its biggest stars.

From pop singer to movie star

Ngo"s story begins in 1990 in Norway. At 10 years old, she left her refugee family in Vietnam & traveled with her aunt lớn Norway for a better life.

"I didn"t know anytoàn thân there," Ngo said of the drastic move sầu. "I grew up in Norway, learned English there. I"m very grateful because that experience made me who I am today. It made me more independent."

Ngo returned lớn Vietnam giới in 1999 and after finishing second-runner-up in a beauty pageant, she began a modeling career. In the early 2000s, she moved to lớn music & became a pop singer known as NTV (the initials of her given name, Ngô Tkhô giòn Vân).

She released six albums between 2002 & 2008, gaining fans for her mix of pop, roông chồng, and hip-hop.


Van Veronica Ngo in 2007, known as Ngô Thanh khô Vân, or to her fans, NTV. Kristian Dowling/Getty

Ngo"s first taste of international fame came when she transitioned lớn acting in 2004 & starred in the Singapore TV series "Rogue," which aired on MTV Asia. Back in Vietnam, her profile got even bigger with the release of the martial arts movie "The Rebel" in 2007, which at one point was the highest-grossing film of all time in Vietphái mạnh.

In 2010 she even went on the Vietnamese version of "Dancing with the Stars" & won the competition.

But there was more on the horizon. Hollywood was calling. Specifically, one of its biggest franchises.

Getting a taste of Hollywood stardom with "The Last Jedi"

Ngo starred in Netflix titles "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny" (2016) và "Bright" (2017), but her big break in the West came at the kết thúc of 2017 when we saw her as Paige Titeo in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Though she didn"t have much screen time, her performance as the sister of Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) was memorable as we watch her give sầu up her life to lớn blow up a First Order Dreadnought at the beginning of the movie.

But during filming, Ngo said she didn"t know any of this. She was just overcome by the secrecy of the franchise.


Van Veronica Ngo as Paige Tico in "The Last Jedi." Disney

"I rethành viên being nervous and scared going into the project because they are so strict," Ngo said. "It"s understandable, because it"s so big, but I couldn"t see anything, read the script, take any pictures. Thankfully I had just one line."

She had no clue of the significance of the scene she was in until finally seeing the movie at the London world premiere.

"I saw the explosion on the screen and I was lượt thích, "Holy s---, I did that!"" Ngo said. "When I shot it I had no idea how big the ship was or the ship I was bombing, I just acted the way Rian told me. The way it turned out, it was a great feeling."

Ngo returned to Vietnam và continued lớn be a huge star. She starred in the action movie, "Furie," which would become the highest-grossing movie ever in Vietnam giới.

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It led lớn another Hotline from Hollywood again. This time it was Spike Lee.

Becoming Spike Lee"s Hanoi Hannah

"A casting agency here in Vietnam called me & said they wanted me to meet Spike Lee, I didn"t quite know who he was," said Ngo, who met the Oscar-winner in a Saigon coffee siêu thị as he was scouting for "Da 5 Bloods." "After I met hlặng I learned how big a khuyễn mãi giảm giá he is."

The meeting went well because she was offered khổng lồ play the Hanoi Hannah role in the movie. A radio personality during the Vietphái mạnh War, Hannah became legendary for her English-language broadcasts directed specifically to lớn US troops to lớn shame & intimidate them.

Lee used her in the same way he used Samuel L. Jackson"s DJ Mister Señor Love sầu Daddy in "Do the Right Thing," a character that appears on occasion in the movie and speaks directly inlớn the camera.


Van Veronica Ngo as Hanoi Hannah in "Da 5 Bloods." Netflix

Ngo said she spent months working on the Hanoi Hannah accent so her delivery would be perfect. It led lớn a one-day shoot of her part in the movie.

"The day before the shoot I spoke to lớn Spike just about the tone he wanted and how he wanted me khổng lồ sound," she said. "I tried different voices & he told me which one was right. How to lớn deliver the line. I"m from Southern Vietphái mạnh và Hannoi Hanmãng cầu was from the north so those are different accents. And Hanna also had a British accent. I just really wanted to get inkhổng lồ it & get the tone right."

Ngo"s performance would heighten the authenticity of Lee"s movie about American Vietphái mạnh veterans who return lớn the country lớn find gold và bring baông chồng the remains of their fallen squad leader.

It wasn"t before long that her phone rang again. This time it was the director of a Charlize Theron action movie that was about to start production.

Representing Vietnam in "The Old Guard"

Looking bachồng on her first conversation with Gina Prince-Bythewood, Ngo said she could sense that "The Old Guard" director was feeling her out.

"We talked about filmmaking and I think she wanted to lớn see how my English speaking was," Ngo said.

A week later she was told that Charlize Theron wanted khổng lồ talk to lớn her.

"I was nervous, I didn"t know what to lớn expect," she said. "It was supposed lớn be a 15-minute phone Điện thoại tư vấn & we ended up talking for 45 minutes."

What made that even more remarkable was that Theron gave her that much time though she was already shooting "The Old Guard."

A few days later, Ngo got a text from Theron that she had just watched Ngo in "Furie" and wanted her lớn come on and play the role of fellow immortal warrior, Noriko, in "The Old Guard."

Most actors would be ecstatic by the opportunity và do whatever Theron & Prince-Bythewood said. But having already been in music, TV, and movies for years, Ngo was not a newbie và wanted lớn use the opportunity to represent her heritage.

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"I read the script and I told Charlize about wanting to lớn really relate to the character by acknowledging me as a Vietnamese actress," Ngo said. "Đài Loan Trung Quốc cinema is so dominant over all the Asian countries. For Western audiences, we all have sầu blaông xã hair và brown eyes và we"re all Chinese và I don"t lượt thích that. I"m proud of my country, my nation, my people. We have sầu a long history in cinema so it should be embraced. Every character I play in Hollywood I would love sầu to lớn show that pride of my nation."

Ngo said Theron was taken by that & suggested that the Noriko character be changed to a Vietnamese name. Though Ngo gave a danh sách of names lớn consider, she said it was Prince-Bythewood who came up with Quynh.

"I don"t know where she found it, but I loved it," Ngo said.

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As Ngo patiently awaits her next big Hollywood project, right now she said she"s enjoying the fruits of her labor. Like most of the world, "The Old Guard" is currently the top Netflix title in Vietnam, & sometimes she has to lớn remind herself that she"s in a movie where she"s acting opposite Charlize Theron.

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