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One of the stars of Parasite actually grew up in a Vancouver suburb

Parasite actor Choi Woo-shik might have been in Los Angeles to attend the Oscars on Sunday night, but he calls Canada home — specifically, Coquitlam, B.C.

The 29-year-old Korean actor — who plays Kim Ki-woo in Boon Jong Ho’s Korean thriller — immigrated to Canada when he was 10 and became a citizen.

He grew up in the Vancouver suburb, attending Pinetree Secondary School before studying an arts degree at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.

Speaking to Star English, a Korean talk-show series, Choi admitted that things weren't always easy for him in Canada.

"I basically had no idea about making foreigner friends, because of cultural differences," he said.

Choi recalled bringing kimchi to school — a fermented vegetable dish that's popular in Korean cooking. However, after realizing that Canadian children found kimchi odd, he asked his mother to stop making it.

Fortunately, Choi began to enjoy Canada; he made 14 solid friends that he stills speaks to today, and refers to them as the "FF14" — "Friends Forever 14."

Needless to say, Canadians are pretty ecstatic to learn that Choi is from our humble country.

In fact, this local really regrets not realizing it sooner.

And this person is ready to form a fan club ASAP.

While this person is pretty happy that Choi is an SFU alumni.

Canadians may not have won any Oscars this year, but learning that Choi is from Canada softens the blow just a little.

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