Hong Chau, who plays a disabled Vietnamese refugee in the new Alexander Payne comedy Downsizing is on a roll, having nailed a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress nomination earlier today, as well as one last week from the Critics’ Choice Awards.

She, along with producer Mark Johnson  and co-writer and producer Jim Taylor joined me as part of Paramount’s panel for Deadline’s 7th Annual The Contenders awards season event last month at the DGA Theatre. In front of a packed audience of AMPAS and key guild members she talked about the uniqueness of the role in the comedy about how people decide to “downsize” by miniaturizing themselves to five inches so that they can combat the effects of global warming and overpopulation but also live in a style of more luxury than life afforded them as full sized people. She talks about the audition process and how she developed the role with help from a number of others. Johnson defines the movie as one about overpopulation, but optimistic even though it is about the world coming to an end.

Check out our conversation above.