Mind-bending watch: Liu, 32, showcased a Jacob and Co. watch that resembled our solar system, the jewelry and wristwatch retailer said on Instagram.
This year’s Met Gala featured a number of first-time appearances by Asian and Asian American celebrities, from world-renowned female K-pop stars to record-breaking athletes. The event was much more of an intimate gathering — it had only about a third of the normal guest list size due to the ongoing pandemic — but the stars showed up and turned heads nonetheless.
With the theme “American Independence,” here are some of our favorite looks and what fans had to say about them.
While “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings” may not be released in China, Simu Liu is acknowledging the support of Chinese fans — as well as others from around the world — who have yet to see his blockbuster movie.
Alleged Chinese ban: Reports about the film’s unlikely release in China made rounds last week after Liu’s old comment deemed critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) resurfaced online. As of this writing, the Marvel movie has not been given a Chinese release date.
Like many Asians living in countries where English is spoken by a majority of the population, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu says revealed it took him a lot of time and patience before he could learn to appreciate his name.
A common insecurity: In a new interview, Liu, who is Chinese Canadian, admitted he did not like the name his parents had given him when he was growing up. At the time, he “would have given anything” to anglicized it.
Simu Liu AMA reveals how Benedict Cumberbatch’s touch was like that of a ‘supportive but also sexy father’
The thread attracted over 5,000 comments and over 54,000 upvotes, revealing a lot of interesting information about the new Marvel superhero and Liu himself.
‘We should be proud and unapologetic’: ‘Shang-Chi’ stars celebrate film’s impact on the AAPI community
The stars of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” discussed the lack of AAPI representation in Hollywood, celebrating AAPI culture and why this film is important in our community in an exclusive interview with NextShark.
“Celebrating Asian-ness”: Actors Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang and director Destin Daniel Cretton came together to create an anticipated hit movie that is a “celebration of who we are,” said Cretton in the interview.
Simu Liu confessed in an exclusive interview that he didn’t stick to the “Marvel diet” during filming and that the food was better while working with an all-Asian cast.
The “Marvel diet”: Liu began training to get the “Marvel body” from the moment he was cast and spent six months practicing martial arts. He also did strength and conditioning workouts in order to be in good enough physical shape to survive the “grueling” ten months of shooting.
In an exclusive interview, Meng’er Zhang, the Chinese actor who plays Shang-Chi’s sister Xialiang, shared that she didn’t know she was auditioning for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and ended up punching Simu Liu in the face on set.
Landing the role: Zhang told NextShark she wasn’t aware she was auditioning for a Marvel movie. She sent her self-tapes after seeing the audition call in a group chat.
Actor Simu Liu has responded to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, who called “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” an “interesting experiment” in a recent comment.
Test for moviegoers: On Thursday, Chapek confirmed that the upcoming Marvel Studios film would be released with 45 days of theatrical exclusivity, amid the current increase in COVID-19 infections in the U.S. and other parts of the world, reported The Wrap.
Simu Liu did something admirable hours before he learned he would become the martial arts superhero Shang-Chi.
Real-life superhero: Liu told Entertainment Weekly that he recalled when he fought against having to say a racist line on the “Kim’s Convenience” set on the same day Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told him he got the role.
The trailer: The superhero film trailer featured Simu Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Dallas Liu and Awkwafina in a series of action-packed scenes that will premiere only in theaters on Sept. 3.
“Kim’s Convenience” star Simu Liu addressed the lack of Asian representation in the writer’s room and called out producers in a lengthy Facebook post.
Liu’s Facebook Rant: Liu blasted “Kim’s Convenience” producers after the final season was released on Netflix on June 2.