the child star of ‘Minari’ on food contests with Steven Yeun
That you have seen Minari or not (and if not, what are you waiting for?), you will probably know about Alan S. Kim. The eight-year-old child actor was a highlight of the film’s 2021 press run and awards season, from his overflowing and tearful speech when he won a Critics Choice Award to his stylish outfits. NME met everyone’s favorite new young star – sporting a sparkly silver cowboy hat, of course – to talk about her first movie role in Minari, eating contests with co-star Steven Yeun and his favorite pranks to play.
Minari was one of the most talked about films of the year. What has it been for you?
Alan S. Kim: âI guess that’s really cool. I met a lot of new people and got to spend time with them.
Do you remember your first day on the set?
âYeah, I went to the hotel. It was pretty big. I started watching TV because I had nothing to do [on set]. So I sat on the bed, turned on the TV, and looked for a channel I wanted to watch. There is a channel called Cartoon Network and I watched that, and if I really missed that I would watch something else – there is this channel called Nickelodeon. “
Do you have a favorite cartoon?
âOn Cartoon Network, probably Teen titans go. And on Nickelodeon, maybe The strong house. “
What was your favorite thing about the shoot Minari?
“Probably everything, but if I had to pick oneâ¦ probably the accessories.” They were pretty funny. There were the boots and many other things like Mountain Dew.
Did you have a favorite scene?
âProbably when I peed Grandma. It was probably my favorite scene because David is mean and it’s a joke.
I heard you like to play pranks too. Did you play pranks on people between takes?
“No, I didn’t know any trick to do there because there was no prank.”
What’s your favorite prank to play when you can play it?
“Probably scary [people]. [I take] every chance I have of scaring my sister. All I have to do is leap quietly, crawl quietly, whisper quietly, tiptoe quietly – all to do quietly – until I creep up behind her and scream. Just yell ‘Boo!’ “
I read that Steven Yeun is one of your role models. What was it like to act with him?
âIt was really very pleasant. He gave me a book and I also did cooking competitions with him – the first to finish the dish is the winner. But I always lost because I wasn’t the cheetah eater, but the dog eater. [Steven] eat at normal speed. Steven always won, which was sad.
Maybe next time you will beat him! How did you start to play? What do you like about it?
âWell, I guess I just got started. Probably everything, but I guess if I had to pick a role … probably acting!
Do you like to play different people? Do you have some type of dream character that you want to play, like maybe a superhero or a spy or a wizard or something like that?
“I would like to make a movie like ‘Home Alone’.”
What do your friends think about you being an actor and winning awards?
“They think, ‘Good!’ [does big thumbs up]. “
You’re also going to be in a movie called Latchkey Kids. What can you tell us about this?
“Well, key kid [means] a child who comes home alone and essentially takes care of himself. And I’m one of those [in the film]. I have another babysitter and yes!
You just filmed for Nora from Queens like Young Wally. Who is this character?
âWell, it’s basically the past memory of the father. It was actually really cool. I filmed in New York. “
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– Fran Tirado (@fransquishco) March 8, 2021
How do you find the school of juggling with the theater?
âWell, since being homeschooled, I don’t do a lot of zooming, so I’m able to mix things up and down.â
Do you have a favorite subject in school?
“Probably math or science?” The science is a little hard, but the math is really easy. “
Apart from school and the theater, what do you like to do? Do you have passions?
âProbably going out or playing games – especially video games. Playing with my dog, playing with my toys, building Lego, FaceTiming with friends, playing with Nerf guns and more. “
Sounds like fun! Do you have any tips for people who want to be an actor like you?
âProbably don’t rush or over-act.â
‘Minari’ is now available in digital version