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The Evolution of Simu Liu

The star of Marvel’s hit Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings had a surprising beginning.

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When Liu’s parents got the opportunity to study at a university in Ontario, he was left in the care of his loving grandparents in Harbin, China until he was 5.

He lived with his yeye and nainai

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Liu spent only nine months as an accountant, but his image continues to be used on educational materials. Something doesn’t add up (see what we did there?)

He was an accountant

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A 2014 photo shoot has resulted in his face plastered across ads and textbooks years later. The star claims he was paid $120 for the pics — we think they’re priceless.

… and stock photo model 

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Before he made it big as one of Marvel’s action heroes, Liu performed dangerous feats as a stuntman in movies like Pacific Rim.

Real-life superhero 

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 Generally, everything that’s sizable is already cast in L.A. So by the time it gets to Toronto, you’re auditioning for Desk Cop #3 or something — which was my first role.

to NBC.

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Liu’s first recurring role earned him his first award nominations at the ACTRA Awards and Canadian Screen Awards.

Paul on Blood and Water

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Liu had a lead role on the hit Canadian show Kim’s Convenience, which you can watch on Netflix. Jung is heartwarming, hilarious and hot.

Jung on Kim’s Convenience

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Liu dreamt of playing a superhero since he was a kid, so when Marvel announced Shang-Chi would be its first film with an Asian lead, he publically expressed his interest.

Pining for the role

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I know how much it would've meant to kids and to myself as a kid …  it gets to normalize seeing Asian faces on screen and hearing Asian voices and our stories.

to PEOPLE

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Liu’s Marvel debut broke records, racking in over $200 million at domestic box offices — more than any other film since the start of the pandemic.

Shang-Chi

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