Simu Liu

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Simu Liu
Simu Liu by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Liu at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1989-04-19) April 19, 1989 (age 30)
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityCanadian
OccupationActor, writer, stuntman
Years active2012–present
Home townMississauga, Ontario, Canada
Websitesimuliu.com
Simu Liu
Traditional Chinese劉思慕
Simplified Chinese刘思慕

Simu Liu (simplified Chinese: 刘思慕; traditional Chinese: 劉思慕; pinyin: Liú Sī Mù) (born April 19, 1989) is a Canadian actor, writer, stuntman, and filmmaker. He is best known for the role of Jung in the CBC Television sitcom Kim's Convenience.[1] He will portray the superhero Shang-Chi in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with the film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021).

He was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his work in Blood and Water.[2]

Background[edit]

Liu was born in Harbin, China, and immigrated to Canada at the age of five. He was raised in Erin Mills, an area of Mississauga, Ontario.[3] He attended University of Toronto Schools for high school. For post-secondary, Simu studied 2 years at University of Western Ontario and 2 years studying finance and accounting at the Ivey Business School. He worked as an accountant at Deloitte but was eventually laid off.[4] He decided to explore other career options before deciding to pursue a career as an actor.[5] In August 2019, Liu came out in support of 2020 United States Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.[6]

Career[edit]

He first got his start working as an extra on Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.[4] His early onscreen credits include Nikita (2012) and Beauty and the Beast (2014). In 2015, he was a member of the Heroes Reborn stunt team, appearing in three episodes as a stunt double. Also in 2015, he appeared as a series regular in Blood and Water (2015–2016), for which he received ACTRA and Canadian Screen Award nominations in 2017.[7][8]

In 2016, Liu was cast as the ex-CIA analyst Faaron, loosely modeled on real-life ex-analyst Rodney Faraon, in the NBC prequel series Taken based on the film franchise starring Liam Neeson. [9] He also plays Jung in the CBC television adaptation of the hit Canadian play Kim's Convenience.[10] Also in 2016, Liu joined the cast of the hit BBC-Space series Orphan Black for its fifth and final season,[11] and was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in the Outstanding Ensemble category alongside his castmates in the Factory Theatre remount of the play Banana Boys.[12]

In 2017, Liu joined the cast of the second season of Slasher as well as the CityTV miniseries Bad Blood, both as recurring characters.[13]

Aside from his work performing onscreen, Liu is also an avid writer and filmmaker. Liu participated in the writing room for Blood and Water, during which he helped break the story for the show and wrote an episode for its second season.[2] He also wrote an online piece for Maclean's magazine in December 2017 detailing his experiences growing up in an immigrant family. The article was later published in the magazine's January 2018 issue.[14] As a filmmaker Liu has written, directed and produced short films which have screened and won awards in festivals across the US and Canada. His most recent short film Meeting Mommy, which he wrote and produced with Tina Jung, was released in February 2018 on the Wong Fu Productions Youtube channel. The film amassed over 250,000 views in its first week.[15]

Liu in 2016

In early 2019, it was announced that Liu would be joining the cast of ABC's Fresh Off the Boat as a guest star.[16] At Comic-Con 2019, it was announced that he has been cast as the Marvel Comics superhero Shang-Chi in the upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be Marvel's first Asian-led film.[17][18] Liu had previously petitioned for the role on Twitter back in December 2018 when the movie was revealed to be in development.[19] Before his casting, Liu expressed interest in playing either Sunfire or Namor.[20]

Accolades[edit]

Liu was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and an ACTRA Award in 2017 for his work in Blood and Water.[2] He, along with his Kim's Convenience castmates, won the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Ensemble in 2017. Liu and his castmates were subsequently nominated for the same award in 2018 and 2019. Kim's Convenience also went on to win the award for Best Comedy Series at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards.[21]

Liu was named one of Hello!'s 50 Most Beautiful Canadians[22] and 25 Hottest Bachelors[23] in 2017 and 2018.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2021 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Shang-Chi Lead role

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Nikita Hong Kong Police Constable (Desk Cop)
2013 Warehouse 13 Bartender
2013 Played Gunman
2013 Mayday Narita Air Traffic Controller
2014 Beauty and the Beast EMT
2015 Blood and Water Paul Xie Series regular; 7 episodes
Nominated – ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor (2017)[25]
Nominated – Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series (2017)[26]
2015 Heroes Reborn Stunt Performer 3 episodes
2015 Make It Pop! Randy 1 episode
2016 Taken Faaron Large recurring role; 10 episodes
2016–present Kim's Convenience Jung Kim series co-lead; 39+ episodes
Won – ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Ensemble (2017)[25]

Nominated – ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Ensemble (2018)[27]

2017 Orphan Black Mr. Mitchell
2017 Slasher: Guilty Party Luke Recurring role; 2 episodes
2017 Bad Blood Guy Recurring role; 3 episodes
2018 The Expanse Lt. Paolo Mayer Guest star
2018 Yappie Tom Main Cast; 4 episodes
2019 Fresh Off the Boat Willie (noodle cart owner) Guest star on 100th episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kim's Convenience – CBC Media Centre". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Simu Liu – Academy.ca". Academy.ca. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Clay, Chris (October 27, 2016). "Mississauga-raised actor stars in Kim's Convenience, lands role in NBC's Taken". Mississauga News. Mississauga ON. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "KollabCast Episode 144 – Simu's Convenience w/ Simu Liu". Kollaboration. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Cornblum, Marcy. "Simu Liu for Toronto Sun". Toronto Sun. Archived from the original on December 2, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "I think @AndrewYang displayed the qualities of a true leader when he showed vulnerability, compassion and humanity onstage. Plus, he demolishes a turkey leg like an absolute beast. #YangGang". Twitter. Retrieved August 12, 2019. line feed character in |title= at position 9 (help)
  7. ^ "Simu Liu | Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program | Canadian Screen Awards". Academy.ca. January 8, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  8. ^ Service, Wire (February 27, 2017). "Kim's Convenience scores two prizes at ACTRA Awards". Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  9. ^ Clay, Chris (October 27, 2016). "Mississauga-raised actor stars in Kim's Convenience, lands role in NBC's Taken | Mississauga.com". Mississauga.com. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Kim's Convenience: A TV first that doesn't buckle under the pressure – Macleans.ca". Maclean's. October 10, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Kelley, Seth. "'Orphan Black' Reveals Sneak Peek, Sets Cast for Fifth and Final Season". Variety. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  12. ^ "2016 DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS NOMINEES" (PDF). Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  13. ^ "Shaftesbury | Slasher wraps production on Season 2". shaftesbury.ca. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "A Chinese-Canadian to his parents: 'Privately, I yearned for your love' – Macleans.ca". Maclean's. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  15. ^ Wong Fu Productions (February 28, 2018), Meeting Mommy, retrieved March 4, 2018
  16. ^ "'Kim's Convenience' Actor Simu Liu Will Guest Star On 'Fresh Off The Boat'". HuffPost. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  17. ^ CNN, Sandra Gonzalez. "Marvel's latest leading man Simu Liu will soon be a 'household name'". CNN. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  18. ^ Smith, Neil (July 22, 2019). "Marvel Phase 4: A new era for diversity in Hollywood?". BBC.
  19. ^ Worgaftik, Gabe (July 22, 2019). "Shang-Chi star Simu Liu asked Marvel about playing Shang-Chi on Twitter 8 months ago". AV Club.
  20. ^ "20 Questions With Simu Liu: Skincare, Korean BBQ, And Power Rangers | NBC Asian America" (Video). NBC News – via www.youtube.com.
  21. ^ Vlessing, Etan. "Canadian Screen Awards: 'Alias Grace,' 'Maudie,' 'Anne With an E' Dominate". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  22. ^ "Canada's Most Beautiful 2017: See who made the list!". Hello! Canada. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  23. ^ "Canada's 25 Hottest Bachelors of 2017". Hello! Canada. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  24. ^ "Canada's Most Beautiful 2018: See who made the list!". Hello! Canada. June 25, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  25. ^ a b "2017 ACTRA Awards in Toronto Nominees | ACTRA Toronto". www.actratoronto.com. Archived from the original on February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  26. ^ "2017 TV Nominees – Academy.ca". Academy.ca. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  27. ^ "2018 Winners & Nominees | ACTRA Toronto". www.actratoronto.com. Retrieved March 11, 2018.

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