Everything You Need to Know About ‘Parasite’ Director Bong Joon-ho's Interpreter

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Bong Joon-ho's class drama Parasite was the unexpected (or totally expected, depending on who you talk to) big winner this awards season giving American audiences plenty of opportunities to get to know the director. But every time we heard Bong speak, there was another voice right by his side, that of his interpreter who impressed many with her ability to effortlessly remember and seamlessly translate long speeches and humorous ramblings. So who is this masterful Korean interpreter? Well, for starters her name is Sharon Choi and she is also a director.

Choi has been by Bong's side since the film's release in May 2019 at the Cannes Film Festival. But upon having the questions and attention turned on her in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Choi laughed, saying, "This is so embarrassing," marking perhaps the first time we've ever seen her look even the slightest bit flustered. "I'm just a huge fan of this film and all the filmmakers. So it's been great," she said of working with Bong for these past eight months.

But as Bong will readily tell you, "[Choi] has a big fandom" of her own, starting with her number one biggest fan, Bong himself. At a post-Oscars interview, Bong was thrilled to tell reporters that she is currently working on a feature-length script that he is excited and curious to read. (Reportedly the movie will be about awards season, a topic Choi is now very well versed in.)

According to The Guardian, Choi is 25 years old and is Korean-American. She currently resides in Seoul, South Korea (when she's not traveling with Bong, that is). Not much else is know about Parasite's unexpected all-star, but we for one can't wait to see what she has planned next.



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