A Keynote Conversation with Simu Liu
Actor, Writer, and One of TIME's 100 "Most Influential People."
Simu Liu made his feature debut as the title hero in Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring alongside Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh, Shang-Chi broke box office records on its release and became the second-highest grossing film of the pandemic era. Liu won the People’s Choice Award for Action Movie Star of 2021 and was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor in a Superhero Movie.
As a writer, Liu has contributed think pieces and editorials to publications such as Variety, Character Magazine, USA Today and Macleans. His family memoir We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story, detailing his family’s journey from Harbin, China to Hollywood, California, will release worldwide on May 17th through HarperCollins and William Morrow.
Before his motion picture breakout, Liu filmed five seasons of the award-winning CBC/Netflix family sitcom Kim’s Convenience, which chronicled the lives of a Korean-Canadian family that owned a bodega in the inner city of Toronto. He recently completed production on eOne’s Arthur the King opposite Nathalie Emmanuel and Mark Wahlberg, as well as on One True Loves, the film adaptation of the bestselling romance written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. He is currently in production on Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie, starring alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.