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Simu Liu Held An AMA On Reddit & His Answers Were Both Wholesome & Hilarious

He adds extras to his Uber Eats orders to justify the "astronomical" delivery fee.

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Simu Liu Just Did An AMA On Reddit & His Answers Were Both Wholesome & Hilarious

Leading up to the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, actor Simu Liu conducted an AMA on Reddit yesterday to answer fans' questions.

With nearly 5,000 comments and over 50,000 upvotes on the thread, Liu began by introducing himself and saying: "Let's do this! (except spoilery stuff!)" He also added proof that it was really him running the AMA by linking to his tweet on the r/marvelstudios board.

Fans had all sorts of questions for Liu, ranging from behind-the-scenes intel to casual, everyday life stuff.

Liu confessed to ordering too much boba as a midnight treat. "Opening Uber Eats to order a boba, but then realizing the delivery fee is astronomical, so then I order three boba to justify the cost, and then I end up drinking way too much boba," Liu replied.

One Reddit user wanted to know Liu's thoughts on whether or not the Raptors would've been able to defend their 2019 Championship title if Kawhi Leonard still stayed on the team.

Liu said his top song of the year is "Run It" by Rich Brian and revealed his Swiftie status after a fan asked him to share his top Taylor Swift songs and albums.

The actor indulged in a little bit of banter with his fans, too. One person asked "10 rings? Why not 11?" referencing his latest film's title. Liu's response to this was a cross-question: "Are you my dad?"

Another Redditor with an NSFW username asked Liu if he played video games. "I will tell you as soon as you change your username," he replied.

One commenter was curious about whether Liu had any martial arts experience before filming Shang-Chi. "Well I almost broke my neck backflipping in my yard once, so I guess that counts as martial arts experience," Liu revealed, adding that he trained "5-6 hours a day, 5 days a week with the stunt team" to prepare for the film, and also did a bunch of bodybuilding. "I had my work cut out for me because Shang Chi is the Master of Kung Fu, and Simu is the Master of Almost Breaking His Neck."

Even though Liu piled on the jokes, he also got real about his experiences as an Asian actor in the industry.

"Let's put it this way; in 2012 when I first started out, I thought that maybe if I worked really really hard, I could be a guy that gets beaten up by one of the main characters one day," he wrote. "That was the pinnacle for actors that looked like me. I'm ashamed to say that I've put on the most ridiculous and offensive accents in the past, all because I thought that it was more important to give the casting director what they wanted than to be true to myself."

Liu also opened up about his fight for authentic representation in the media: "Over time, as I toiled about in the industry and struggled to find my footing, I started to realize all of the ways the industry discriminated against us... and that we needed to become the masters of our own narrative... because the way that we were being portrayed was not positive or authentic," the actor said. "That's why representation behind the camera is just as important as in front."

When a Chinese Canadian fan from Toronto asked him how to break into the acting industry, the actor dispensed some solid motivational advice.

"What kept me going in the tough times was truly this sense that I was the best version of myself when I was pursuing this work," Liu shared. "I was a miserable student and an even more miserable accountant. As an actor, I was self-motivated, hyper-engaged, and incredibly passionate. I knew that if I stayed the course, something good would happen."

"Best advice to someone just starting out? Build your roots," the Shang-Chi star wrote. "Don't start down this journey alone. Find like-minded people and make them your community. Ask for help and guidance. Collaborate. Create. Don't stay stagnant."

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