Disney revealed yesterday the face of the live-action Disney movie Mulan! Our beloved butt-kicking woman warrior, Fa Mulan will be played by Chinese actress, Liu Yifei, 30. The world is applauding as Disney did the 1998 hit animation movie Mulan justice by casting a Chinese actress to play the role of the classic Chinese female figure. Kudos!
After all the controversies in Hollywood about whitewashing Asian originated characters in movies, we’re glad Disney is doing the right thing. Actresses like Scarlett Johansson in The Ghost Shell, Tilda Swinton in Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Emma Stone in Aloha were under fire as they were cast to play characters who are originally of Asian descent.
So just who is Liu Yifei? Ahead, we give you seven fun facts about the actress so you can get to know her even better.
#1 Liu Yifei is actually her stage name and her birth name is Ah Feng. She’s also known as Crystal Liu. Her fans refer to her as the ‘Fairy Sister’ for her sweet, ethereal looks.
#2 Li beat some 1,000 other candidates to be given the role of Mulan. Disney was looking for someone who was very skillful in martial arts, fluent in English and possess the right star quality to portray the role of the highly beloved character.
#3 She’s super popular in China for her role in fantasy romance Once Upon A Time. It garnered over $82.3 million in China this year.
#4 The actress used to live in Queens, N.Y. when she was young.
#5 She’s got many international movies under her belt such as The Forbidden Kingdom alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li, Outcast, and The Chinese Widow which opened at the Shanghai Film Festival June 2017.
#6 The 30-year-old is an award-winning actress. She’s won best actress at 2013’s 5th Macau International Movie Festival for The Assasins.
#7 Liu is currently dating South Korean actor, Song Seung Hun since they starred in the Chinese romance film, The Third Way of Love
Mulan is set to release in 2019. So till then we’ll wait together to see Liu Yifei’s Mulan transformation!