"It's a hilarious and slightly embarrassing life story."
Toronto's Simu Liu has had a lot of jobs over the course of his career — star of the latest Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Kim's Convenience alum, and who could forget his gig as a stock photo model back in the day. But long before those roles came along, he actually had his sights set a bit lower, on a coveted retail job at Abercrombie & Fitch.
Many believe Simu Liu's now-famous tweet back in 2014 manifested his role as Shang-Chi, and he told Narcity that this same tenacity may have paid off in his younger days as well. In a slightly less epic degree, Liu said he kind of manifested a job at Abercrombie & Fitch during college.
Hey @Marvel, great job with Cpt America and Thor. Now how about an Asian American hero?— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@Simu Liu (刘思慕)) 1405604594.0
"When I was in college, I really wanted to work for Abercrombie, and I remember I would hear stories of some of my friends who would go shopping, and they would get scouted to work," he said.
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"So I would go to the mall, and I would walk into the store and look at some clothes, but I'd always look around, I was like, 'Am I, am I getting? Am I getting scouted? Am I getting scouted?'"
Liu never got scouted, but his determination did pay off in the end.
"I never got scouted, but I did eventually [..] get fed up of waiting, I just walked in with a resume, and I point-blank asked if I could interview and ended up getting the chance to work for Abercrombie," he said.
"It's not really a manifestation to the same level as what you just described, but it's a hilarious and slightly embarrassing life story that I've now shared with you."
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.