Who is the Hottie Behind the Oscar-Winning Editing of 'Everything Everywhere?'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Saturday March 18, 2023
Originally published on March 13, 2023

Paul Rogers accepting his BAFTA for editing prior to his Oscar win
Paul Rogers accepting his BAFTA for editing prior to his Oscar win  (Source:Screenshot/BAFTA/YouTube)

It's official: The internet is super thirsty for Paul Rogers, the editor who cut together Best Picture-winning movie "Everything Everywhere All at Once." Rogers took home the Best Editing award at last night's 95th Oscars ceremony.

Awards watchers are just one slice of the internet following that Rogers has gained in recent months with his wholesome good looks. "Following his appearances at previous awards shows across the last couple months, fans keep commenting on how hot Paul is," Just Jared noted in advance of the March 12 Academy Awards, where "Everything Everywhere All at Once," nominated in 11 categories, won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, as well as both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress — and, of course, Best Editing.

But who is the handsome man who picked up plaudits from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, the American Cinema Editors Awards, and the BAFTAs, before capping off awards season by nabbing the top prize for his deft skill at making cinematic sense of a fast-moving flick that unfolds across numerous parallel universes?

CNBC Make It profiled Rogers, relating that he attended film school at the College of Santa Fe after taking an interest in film editing in high school. It wasn't always a passion, he revealed, so much as a matter of goofing off.

"It was a way of avoiding writing a paper or doing other kinds of projects," Rogers told CNBC. "It was fun to hang out with my buddies and do something silly."

But once in film school, Rogers realized he was more interested in putting images together than in conceptualizing them in a script, or series of storyboards, or capturing them from behind the camera.

"I realized you don't have to just work on your own stuff, you could edit for other people," Rogers recalled. "Which made the lightbulb go off of 'I think maybe I could get paid to do this.'"

After time spent putting together documentaries in his native Alabama he relocated to Los Angeles, and that's when his Hollywood star started to rise, beginning with his collaboration with filmmakers Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who brought him on to edit a music video in 2014. That video? "Turn Down for What" — which rocketed to success.

Kwan and Scheinert sought Rogers out again to take on editing duties for their multiverse-spanning action-comedy, a film in which star Michelle Yeoh faces off against a reality-devouring monster while simultaneously trying to get her taxes done. (In a gay subplot, she has a daughter who's in a lesbian relationship.)

"Internally I was like, 'This is the craziest movie that I'd ever heard of, it's gonna be insane to edit,'" Rogers told Deadline.

Calling his method on the madcap movie as "experimental free form edit," Rogers explained that he and the co-directors "have a great way of working where I get the footage and they just don't tell me anything," adding that, "my first cut is not to script, it's just responding to the footage from doing anything that I think is interesting or fun."

Have a look at some of the thirsty tweets obsessing over (the straight, and married) Rogers.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.