Michelle Yeoh’s “Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey” Raises Environmental Awareness

By on January 22, 2013 in Movies

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Malaysian-born actress, Michelle Yeoh (楊紫瓊), was recently in Taiwan to promote her documentary film, Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey <綠色足跡>, in which she is the executive producer.

The documentary is based on the 450 mile journey of 700 people across the Himalayas, hiking from village to village to educate locals about environmental conservation, while picking up trash and planting 50,000 trees along the way. The ecological expedition was led by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, an influential Buddhist leader, and calls to attention the damage done to the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region as a result of global warming.

Love Earth, Protect Earth

Michelle produced Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey to reflect her love for the earth and its people. She leads an environmentally-conscious lifestyle, using as little water and electricity as possible and does not use PET bottles. As an ambassador of the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, she also encouraged her fiance and FIA President, Jean Todt, to convert to electronic mediums rather than utilize excessive printing for corporate communications.

Although Michelle has originally planned to narrate Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey, she was unable to do so because of her role of Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady.  To portray the politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Michelle learnt Burmese and researched Aung San Suu Kyi’s background thoroughly.

Maintains Healthy Lifestyle

Michelle maintains a healthy lifestyle and will spend an hour exercising each day. Although the 44-year-old does not restrict her diet, she believes moderation is key. Eating small frequent meals, she has managed to maintain her svelte figure. She also plays nutritionist to her 67-year-old French fiancé, Jean Todt. “As you know, the French loves their bread. So does Jean. He will often spread his bread thickly with jam. I told him, how can you eat like this and not exercise?” Following Michelle’s loving advice, Jean exercises and eats more healthily now, even managing to shed 14 kg.

Planning a Special Wedding

Michelle and Jean met in 2004 when he was the CEO of Ferrari. In 2008, the couple got engaged but has yet to settle on a date for their wedding. Michelle was married to Hong Kong businessman Dickson Poon (潘迪生) for three years, but divorced in 1991. Michelle hopes that her wedding to Jean will be a special event, but they have yet to think of an actual wedding plan. However, because of Michelle’s 87-year-old father, the wedding will definitely be held in Malaysia.

“Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey” Trailer

Source: Apple Daily

This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.

25 comments to Michelle Yeoh’s “Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey” Raises Environmental Awareness

  1. Funn Lim says:

    She is Malaysian or Malaysian born?

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    • clamine replied:

      Must be a Malaysian, remember she is a former Miss Malaysia. (don’t remember year)

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        So I wonder why articles says Malaysian born which is to imply she is no longer a Malaysian by citizenship when I last heard she is still a Malaysian girl at heart.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        She should be Malaysian…

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    • Cloud9 replied:

      She from Ipoh , Malaysia. Still Malaysian , often back to Ipoh with her family

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  2. kiki says:

    I have always like her but no idea she is dating a guy who is 23 years older. whoooo, haha…

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    • Lee replied:

      She’s no spring chicken herself. Not trying to be rude – we all know many actresses are attracted to people who can provide for them.

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      • Lee replied:

        Oh and Jean Todt is 17 years older. Doesn’t help much, I know, but at least it’s not 23 😉

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        She’s not poor herself but yes I do understand what you mean. He is very rich. But guess what? He may have money, but his prestige comes from him being connected to her. And he became a dato seri, not even a dato, BUT a dato seri and I wonder what exactly did he do?

        But then I wonder what exactly did Michelle Yeoh did to get I believe also a dato seri. But I do believe if she gets nominated for an Oscar, she will be a tan sri. No kidding.

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  3. Henry says:

    She comes off as a goldigger. Have you guys seen hr fiancee? I know looks aren’t everything, but he is disgusting.

    She was also the one who introduced Isabella Leong to Richard Li. I don’t know if she has her best interests at heart or it is to benefit herself, but that sort of comes of a bit like pimping to me. Isabella being so young and Richard Li being so much older.

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    • kiki replied:

      OMG, no kidding? yeah, that ISABELLA is def a goldigger but had no idea this Michelle is too hahah. 3 kids out o wedlock n the dude is old, ugly n probably old enough to be her dad.

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      • Tvbfan replied:

        Wow u ppl are so shallow! It is not about looks all the time. He is powerful, independent, capable, intelligent. What is there not to admire or like? I respect Michelle to recognize such quality in her mate and not just youth or look. She can be sure her husband is not after her fame and fortune.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        It is more than looks and I do admire her that she can look beyond the physical appearance…

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      • msxie replied:

        but how many men can look beyond women’s physical appearance?

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      Michelle Yeoh comes from a very prominent family. When she married Di-ckson Poon, the Agung (king) attended the wedding because of HER family, not his family. She is also rich in her own right with a title to boot. She moves amongst the rich and famous. A golddigger? Hardly. Maybe the guy has charms.

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      • Cloud9 replied:

        During 80’s she always play police madam in movie.
        She also known as Bond Girls

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    • kiki replied:

      @Tvbfan,

      What shallow? We are just voicing our own opinion. Yes, looks are NOT everything but since they are celebs we cant even voice a bit of opinion on whether or not if they are golddiggers? MY, i am not so sure but for that Isabella is not? I mean come on, she’s young and can be called pretty, 19, not that popular and this rich, old, ugly dude came along n popped out 3 kids out of weblock and that cant still be called a golddigger? How many women in that age range marries someone like that?? excluding the ones who married to other countries b/c they want a country visa???? hhaha come on…

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      • Tvbfan replied:

        Aww did I touched a nerve? It is an opinion and when it is shallow it is shallow lol…when u judge a person who dont look good can still get a beautiful woman like Michelle is due to money thst is shallow and calling other golddigger is vulgar :p

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    • kiki replied:

      @Tvbfan,
      Sure, like you never judge anyone. a golddigger is a golddigger, perhaps you are one of those that wishes to be a golddigger n happily look for an opportunity ahahaa… lol. i/o of working hard to n dig for gold yourself.

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      • Tvbfan replied:

        @Kiki, your response show your true nature for the world to see….it is so funny how u keep digging deeper and deeper a grave for yourself 🙂

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  4. LyNN says:

    I have always admired Michelle’s work since at a very young age. Her love for nature, earth & wildlife is also very selfless & inspiring.

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  5. what makes the world go round says:

    Isabella maybe a gold digger, but Richard Li likes her and that is all that matters.

    An ‘ugly’ man can be ‘handsome’ when he has character, status and personality. Not loving him also can grow to like him.

    Actors and actress are not all that good looking too but with the right package, dressing and portrayal, they look good.

    Look at all those old movies, dramas and pictures of current well known stars and they look awkward and out of place and yes, plain and ‘ugly’ before the package and before the limelight.

    And they all married well, all their husbands are ‘rich’, not poor, so are they gold diggers too?

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  6. streetwise says:

    don’t think she’s that pretty, smart? yes

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  7. guwa says:

    Because of Michelle (and her father’s political influence) the previous Malaysian Prime Minister appointed her fiance as a Tourist Ambassador for Malaysia – both Michelle and fiance were invited to the (previous) Prime Minister’s function which got the PM into some form of religious (Muslim) problem because he a Muslim was seen placing his hands briefly (in a platonic fashion) on her shoudler while walking past a seated Michelle.

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