5 Fast Facts About Mulan Star Liu Yifei

By Tristin Zhang, October 11, 2019

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Sino Celeb is a monthly feature where we introduce a Chinese celebrity to our readers.

For Western audiences, the name Liu Yifei perhaps didn’t ring a bell before November, 2017 when it was announced that the Chinese actress would play the eponymous heroine of Disney’s live-action remake of the 1998 animated film Mulan. But, contradictory to her heroic role as Hua Mulan in the upcoming Hollywood movie, Liu’s moniker in China is ‘Fairy Sister,’ bestowed for her compelling portrayals of many delicate characters in Chinese fantasy dramas. Here we give you five fast facts about Liu.  

1. She’s American 

Born in Wuhan, Hubei province, Liu attended school in New York City from the age of 10 to 14, during which period she became a naturalized American citizen. 

2. Big Screen Head Start

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Having made her mark in Chinese TV series, Liu started appearing in motion pictures in 2008, with her silver screen debut coming in The Forbidden Kingdom, in which she acted alongside movie superstars Jet Li and Jackie Chan. 

3. Worst Actress in China? 

On Douban Movie, the Chinese equivalent of Rotten Tomatoes, Liu has been named the worst Chinese actress of the year three times, and the most disappointing actress once. 

4. Songbird 

liu-yifei-guitar.jpgImage via @刘亦菲/Weibo

With a diverse repertoire including rap and soft rock music, Liu is also a Mandopop singer, and released her self-titled album back in 2006. 

5. Cat Lover 

liu-yifei-cats.jpgImage via @刘亦菲/Weibo

The 32-year-old is a die-hard cat lover, who once kept over 50 stray cats in the backyard of her Beijing house.  

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