Oscars night ended with a full-circle moment for Ke Huy Quan.
The actor says “Everything Everywhere All at Once” winning best picture felt “even more special” because the award was presented by Harrison Ford, whom he starred with in his first movie, 1984′s “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”
“When I ran up onstage, I pointed at him and he pointed back at me and I gave him a hug,” Quan, 51, told Variety in an interview published Wednesday.
“I just couldn’t help myself. I just want to shower this man with all my love. I gave Harrison Ford a big kiss on the cheek.”
The reunion was one of several memorable moments for Quan at Sunday’s ceremony, where he won best supporting actor for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” The indie film about a high-stakes journey across alternate dimensions won seven Oscars overall, including best actress for Michelle Yeoh and best director for the filmmaking duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
It was an emotional night for Quan, who went nearly two decades between roles. He doesn’t know which project he’ll do next, he told Variety.
“I had a conversation with my agent,” Quan said. “I’m so worried that this is only a one-time thing.”
During his Oscars acceptance speech, Quan spoke about leaving Vietnam as a child and spending a year at a refugee camp before arriving in Los Angeles.
“I didn’t have the maturity to process the sacrifices that my parents made so that we could have a better future,” Quan told Variety. And as fate would have it, four years later, I landed a job on ‘Indiana Jones,’ which changed my life.
“I always wanted to thank my parents for what they did, but I grew up in a family where we just don’t share that kind of emotion with each other,” he said. “And then [on Oscars] night I did that publicly.”