Stephanie Beatriz, star of Encanto, says Simu Liu from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings motivates her to desire to be an action movie hero.
Stephanie Beatriz of Encanto has revealed that Simu Liu from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has inspired her to become an action movie hero. Beatriz had a solid career in film and television over the last decade, including appearances in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and In The Heights, but it was her major role as Mirabel Madrigal in Disney’s Encanto that catapulted her to prominence. Mirabel, one of Abuela’s numerous grandkids, was nurtured in a magical house called Casita, which imbued each new family member with magical abilities (except for Mirabel). Encanto was a tremendous hit for the Disney+ streaming service, receiving excellent reviews.
Liu rose to prominence after starring as Mr. and Mrs. Kim’s son Jung in the hit Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience. Liu’s breakthrough role came as the lead in the MCU’s fantasy-action film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, despite tiny roles in shows like Orphan Black and Fresh Off the Boat. With action-packed fight scenes like Shang-Chi and Razor Fist’s bus fight and high-flying stunts like Liu and Meng’er Zhang’s clash with Ten Rings henchman on a skyscraper’s bamboo scaffolding, the superhero picture paid homage to classic kung-fu and martial arts films.
Beatriz addressed her career with Variety while sponsoring the short film competition Spotlight Dorado. When asked about her future plans, the Brooklyn Ninth-Nine actress revealed that she aspires to be a “action hero.” Beatriz cited Liu’s work on Shang-Chi as an inspiration, as well as the actor’s flexibility, complimenting his performance in Kim’s Convenience as “really hilarious.” Read on for her thoughts:
Beatriz’s choice of inspiration is appropriate, as Liu had little experience with action before becoming a Marvel hero. Despite this, Liu’s performance in Shang-Chi was a huge hit, and he was praised for his unique blend of wit, charm, and martial arts prowess. Liu rarely needed a stunt double for his sequences because his hero did not wear a mask, allowing him to accomplish some of the film’s more intricate battles himself, according to the film’s fight coordinator.
Along with her action movie ambitions, Beatriz expressed delight that recent films in the genre have embraced diversity, allowing “artists and producers of colour” to create their own heroes “from the ground up.” With Liu breaking milestones as the first Asian lead in an MCU film with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and the Ms. Marvel Disney+ series slated to feature the MCU’s first Muslim superhero in Kamala Khan, the genre is undoubtedly moving in the right direction. Furthermore, with an increasing number of action films and television programmes being produced each year, the timing seems ideal for Encanto star Beatriz to expand out and try her hand in the genre.