Michelle Yeoh has described meeting human rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma as a "dream come true".
The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star plays Suu Kyi in biopic The Lady, and met the Nobel Peace Prize activist while researching her role for the film.
"When you come upon a person like this, you almost feel very blessed that you are given the opportunity to portray her," Michelle confessed.
The 65-year-old Suu Kyi became an international figure when the repressive Burmese government put her under over 20 years of house arrest for her efforts to bring democracy to the country.
"It was like a dream come true," said Michelle of their meeting. "I was very nervous, but when she is there, you immediately feel completely at ease."
The 48-year-old actress regards Suu Kyi as a personal inspiration, and feels that the political figure sets a shining example for the Burmese people.
"She is able to tell the people, 'They only have guns against us'," Michelle explained. "When you have freedom, that's when you live.
"And without freedom, what kind of life is that anyway?"
:: The Lady is out in cinemas on December 30.