Even when picking yourself up takes a long time and effort, Simu Liu‘s path to becoming an actor in the Marvel Universe is a testament to how to get back on your feet. The star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings shared his thoughts and feelings on Instagram yesterday to commemorate 10 years since he was fired from his accounting job.
Liu talks about the years he spent after losing his accounting job, “running around like a headless chicken trying to figure out how to break into the industry, struggling with credit card debt and taking any job [he] could.”
The pressure of his parents’ expectations and the burden of his prior academic success, which he felt he had let down, also played a significant role in Liu’s journey, writing, “ten years ago I thought my life was over. I had wasted countless time and money that my family had invested in me. Years of schooling, gifted programs, trying to live up to my parents’ expectations. It all came crashing down in an instant.”
View this post on Instagram
The Chinese Canadian actor got his first major part in Kim’s Convenience, a comedy series about a Korean Canadian family running a convenience store. His real breakthrough, however, came when he was cast as Marvel hero Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which is the first MCU film with an Asian lead.
Despite the obstacles that he has faced on his path to becoming a full-time actor, Liu isn’t the first or last actor to encounter them. Fortunately, it appears that it worked out for him and that the Marvel star now has more projects in store.
Liu will appear in the upcoming 2023 Barbie film, which also stars Margot Robbie. Of course, he’ll return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to continue playing the martial arts superhero Shang-Chi.
You may now watch Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Disney Plus.
Covering superheroes, anything dark, horror, and more! Lead writer for Fan Fest