Singaporean actress Janice Koh knighted by French government

The 48-year-old pointed out that this is “possibly the only national honor I can expect to see in recognition of my work as an actor”.

“As actors, unlike writers, painters, composers, filmmakers or even directors, we usually don’t get awards like this,” she explains. “Maybe it’s because we don’t make anything really tangible… We channel, we inhabit, we energize the space, we fill the silence.”

Therefore Koh is “grateful” for this recognition as a performer.

“And more importantly, for the message that the French government is sending through this awardthat culture and art play an important role in bringing people and countries together, and that artists, including actors, are valued and worthy of celebration,” she said.

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