Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Simu Liu: Beyond Convenience

'The one thing that's always rang true for me is that Canada's an inclusive nation, a cultural mosaic. The parts that make us different are the parts that make us strong.'

This past April, I shared my obsession with the Canadian comedy Schitt's Creek (HERE:) The show, written and created by Eugene and Dan Levy, is not only hilarious, but has more than a few favorite hunk contenders. I watched most of season three and four on Amazon, but I downloaded season one, most of which came from CBC, the network the sit-com on airs on in Canada.

In some of the Schitt's Creek episodes, there were promos for another Canadian comedy, Kim's Convenience. The series centres on the Korean Canadian Kim family who run a convenience store in Toronto. I took notice of the Kim family's oldest son Jung played by the talented, sexy and adorable Simu Liu. Although Liu looks more like an action movie star, Jung is rather goofy and incredibly lovable as he pines over his boos in the few episodes that I have seen.

Simu and Kim's Convenience co-star Andrew Phung (Kimchee)

A box of wine and a six pack

Liu was born in Harbin, China, but immigrated with his family to Canada at the age of five. For Liu's parents, Canada was the land of opportunity, a place they dreamed of while growing up in a country where people around them were dying of starvation. Liu's parents knew they needed to move somewhere to ensure their children had a chance at better life. In addition to acting, Simu is a writer and stunt performer and also starred on the NBC series Taken, based on the Liam Neeson movies.

After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business and then working at a top accounting firm, Liu decided to switch careers and pursue his dream of acting. Liu quickly began to get roles in commercials, music videos, film and on television series including Heroes Reborn, Blood and Water, Nikita and Warehouse 13.

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