10 Things To Know About Liu Yifei, The Actress Playing Mulan
She's not only an actress, she's a singer too! She has released two albums and even recorded her own rendition of “Reflection”
Disney’s live-action remake of their 1998 classic Mulan was one of this year’s most anticipated film releases. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, its theatrical release was postponed multiple times, until the film production company had no other choice but to turn to their newest streaming service, Disney+.
This past weekend, Mulan, available on the streaming platform for $29.99 on top of the subscription price, premiered to mixed reviews. At its heart is Liu Yifei, the actress who was chosen to bring the iconic character to life. Here are 10 things to know about her.
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I am truly grateful! As an actor, this experience has been the best encouragement for me. It is my dream that really brought me here to collaborate with the dream team of Disney and with the best director, Niki. I still remember when I came to LA for my audition a few years ago. I didn’t even dare to think about how excited I would be if I succeeded, but I did it. Dreams can take you wherever you want to go so cherish them. I want to thank our dream team. Niki, my hero. My best partner. My friend. If there is a chance, I hope we will work together again in the near future. Mandy, the coolest cinematographer. Liz, our superwoman first AD. Bina, the details and textures of your costumes were my inspiration. Jason, though you had to take on so much, you always supported me in every way. Sean and Jessica, thank you for creating this opportunity that represents us and tells our stories. Without your love and support, there is no Mulan. You are the best bosses! To the cast, everyone went through such tremendous training and preparation for a very long time to achieve a shot or scene. I never expected we would become so close and bond together as a family. I love you! Finally, thank you Stephanie and Rik. After this journey, you have become my family. So many people to thank, to be continued...
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Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, was born in Wuhan, China on August 25, 1987.
Her breakout role was via the TV series "Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils."
In 2008, she transitioned to acting for films.
She won her first major acting award at the 5th Macau International Movie Festival.
By 2014, she’d become known internationally as well.
In 2017, after a year-long, worldwide search, she was cast as Mulan, besting 1,000 hopefuls.
She's a sought-after brand endorser.
She also sings!
Her favorite actresses are Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh.
She’s a cat lover!
With the arrival of Mulan on the streaming platform comes louder calls from protesters to boycott the movie, however. This has stemmed from a Weibo post by Liu back in August 2019 when she said, “I also support Hong Kong police. You can beat me up now.” She also added the hashtag “#IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice” along with a heart emoji. Her comment was made at the height of "China’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong."
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter this past February, however, Liu has seemed to back down from her original statement, saying instead, “I think it’s obviously a very complicated situation and I’m not an expert […] I just really hope this gets resolved soon.”
Photos from @yifei_cc and IMDb