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Watch: Michelle Yeoh says Ariana Grande helped persuade her to join 'Wicked'

Michelle Yeoh recalled how Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo helped convince her to star in "Wicked." File Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI
Michelle Yeoh recalled how Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo helped convince her to star in "Wicked." File Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Michelle Yeoh says Ariana Grande helped persuade her to join the Wicked movie.

The 61-year-old actress recalled on Wednesday's episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon how Grande and Cynthia Erivo helped convince her to star in the upcoming adaptation.

Yeoh said Wicked director John M. Chu, with whom she previously collaborated on Crazy Rich Asians, first approached her about the film.

"I read the script. I call him, 'Jon, you realize she sings, right?' And he goes, 'Uh huh,'" Yeoh recalled. "I don't sing! He's like, 'Eh, don't worry.'"

"Then, the next day, I get this video, and I look at it, and it's like, 'Hi, Michelle. I just have two people here who really want to talk to you and tell you why you should be here.' And it was Ariana and Cynthia," she said.

Michelle Yeoh attends the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in May. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Michelle Yeoh attends the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in May. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

According to Yeoh, Erivo told her that it was "imperative" that she come and and join the cast.

"Imperative was the royal word," Yeoh said before adding, "Cynthia and Ariana are like angel -- When you walk on and you hear them sing, it's like you've gone to heaven."

Michelle Yeoh attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2023. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI
Michelle Yeoh attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2023. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI

Wicked is a musical fantasy drama based on the Gregory Maguire novel and Broadway musical of the same name.

Michelle Yeoh attends the Academy Awards in 2023. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Michelle Yeoh attends the Academy Awards in 2023. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

Yeoh said on The Tonight Show that she has wrapped filming for her role as Madame Morrible.

"I just wrapped last week in London," she shared.

Michelle Yeoh attends the Film Independent Spirit Awards in March. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Michelle Yeoh attends the Film Independent Spirit Awards in March. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

Wicked: Part One opens in theaters Nov. 27, with Part Two to be released in November 2025.

Yeoh also stars in the new series Brothers Sun, which premiered on Netflix this month.