Orion Lee’s Secret to Becoming a Leading Man in ‘First Cow': Take It One Scene at a Time

Orion Lee’s Secret to Becoming a Leading Man in ‘First Cow': Take It One Scene at a Time
A version of this story about Orion Lee and “First Cow” first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine.

In Kelly Reichardt’s masterfully understated “First Cow,” Orion Lee brings gravitas and grace to the role of King-Lu, a Chinese immigrant in 19th-century Oregon who may be a visionary and may be a hustler. As the mastermind of a biscuit-making business with a would-be baker who goes by the name of “Cookie” (John Magaro), Lee’s King-Lu has a quiet answer for everything, except maybe the problem with realizing his dreams in a society that won’t accept him as an equal.

For Lee, the role was the biggest in a career that has been spent largely on the stage, and one that he was eager to tackle from the start. “I knew Kelly Reichardt’s work from (the 2013 drama) ‘Night Moves,'” he told TheWrap.
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