Celebrate the A100, the most impactful Asian Pacific Leaders.

Celine Song, Greta Lee, & Teo Yoo

Writer and Director & Stars, Past Lives

An Academy Award nominated screenwriter, Celine Song is a filmmaker and playwright whose debut feature, Past Lives, earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Motion Picture. Loosely based on and inspired by Song’s own life experience, Past Lives, which she wrote and directed, was released by A24 in the summer of 2023 after making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Acclaim for Song’s debut feature Past Lives has been far and wide. The film won dozens of awards from film critics groups in the USA and abroad and won Best Feature Film at the 2023 Gotham Awards. Song and her film earned five Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Feature, five Golden Globe nominations including Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture Drama, three BAFTA nominations including Original Screenplay and Best Picture, and two Academy Award nominations including Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. Song also earned a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film from the Directors Guild of America.

As a playwright, Song is best known for Endlings, which premiered in 2019 at the American Repertory Theater and had its New York debut in 2020 at New York Theatre Workshop. She has been a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a semifinalist for the American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award. Song also wrote on the first season of Amazon series The Wheel of Time. 

Greta Lee is an American actress. Lee was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is the daughter of Korean immigrants. She had supporting roles in the Netflix comedy-drama series Russian Doll (2019–present) and the Apple TV+ drama series The Morning Show (2021–present). She gained prominence for her starring role in the romantic drama film Past Lives (2023), for which she received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award.

Lee began her career in theatre, making her Broadway debut in the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2007). She starred in the 2010 revival of the comedic play La Bête on Broadway and in the West End. In 2011, she acted in the Amy Herzog play 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center Theatre.

Teo Yoo is an internationally acclaimed, BAFTA nominated, German-Korean actor based in Seoul, South Korea. He is best known for his starring role in Celine Song and A24’s critically acclaimed Past Lives opposite Greta Lee and John Magaro. Previously, he starred in the Palme d’Or nominated feature, Leto, and can be seen as the male lead in Netflix’s Love to Hate You. He is currently in production on the hit Netflix series, The Recruit, opposite Noah Centineo.