Simu Liu may be taking the world by storm as Marvel’s first-ever Asian superhero, Shang-Chi, but his parents make sure to humble him often.
Making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (August 19), guest host Sean Hayes (best known for his role on Will & Grace) asked the actor if this was his first talk show appearance — which it was. Liu’s entrance alone showed his star-power, as he suavely danced his way to greet Hayes.
When asked about who he brought to the Shang-Chi Legend of the Ten Rings premiere this past Monday (August 16), Liu, 32, said, “I brought a big group, it was my first one. I brought some of my high school friends from Toronto, some of my friends in L.A., and everybody was so wonderful and so sweet and encouraging — and then I brought my parents.”
“They were uh, they were parents,” Liu said with a cheeky smile as the audience burst in laughter.
“They must have been proud of you, yeah?” asked Hayes.
“They… yes. They were,” Liu reluctantly said. “They were piling on anxiety at every single possibility they could.” From the moment he put on his outfit, Liu remembers everyone complimenting how wonderful he looked. Well, everyone besides his mom.
“My mom takes one look at me and she’s just like, ‘Mmm.'” Liu wore what he described as a “beautiful chain” that was lent to him for the special event, but his mother said, “It makes you look like a gangster. You don’t look like a wholesome superhero figure.”
His mom didn’t have all the fun poking at her son, as Liu recalled his father giving him uplifting words in his eyes.
Liu’s parents, who both became aerospace engineers when they moved to Canada, took a while to accept of their son’s choice to become an actor. Recalling his first time on Hollywood Boulevard, he told his parents, “‘You know, you didn’t want me to do this. You know that, right?’ I love the mental gymnastic that my parents have done and continue to do because my dad turns to me and is like, ‘You know, what we did… made you stronger. What we did, was make you truly fight for what you wanted. So, you’re welcome.'”
Watch the interview below: