'She giggle-screamed, and then I got the part': How Simu Liu's hip-hop moves landed him in the 'Barbie' movie

    Simu Liu's unexpected plunge into the Barbie live-action movie was led by an enthusiastic agent and his competitive hip-hop dancing background. The actor's candid audition with Greta Gerwig led to laughs and a role.

    <p>Simu Liu (Source: People)</p>

    Simu Liu (Source: People)

    Marvel's superhero Shang-Chi, aka Simu Liu, is now dancing his way into the whimsical world of Barbie! From kicking and punching in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to twirling and jiving in Barbie's live-action dream house, this Canadian actor surprised us all. But how did this unexpected journey into Barbie's universe happen? Let's break it down!

    Simu Liu's Barbie Adventure

    Choosing the right role after achieving Marvel stardom isn't child's play, but Simu Liu found his next big project thanks to a junior agent who went absolutely HAM over the Barbie script. "'If I could stake my career on any one script, it’s the Barbie script. I really think you should do it,'" Liu recalls the agent telling him during a group call, as reported by GQ. It seems that the Barbie world is not just plastic and pastels but a well-scripted cinematic journey!

    Simu Liu (Source: NBC)

    Simu Liu's Dance Moves

    But what truly sealed the deal for Liu? His unexpected background in competitive hip-hop dancing! That's right, Shang-Chi can groove. During his audition, Liu made director Greta Gerwig laugh, or rather, "giggle-scream" at his dancing prowess. “She audibly guffawed, she giggle-screamed – and then I got the part,” Liu said. Who knew that the same moves that made him a hero would dance him into a different kind of spotlight?

    Liu joined an all-star cast including Margot Robbie as Barbie, Ryan Gosling as Ken, and a hilarious ensemble with Issa Rae, Michael Cera, and Will Ferrell. From action star to dancing alongside Barbie and Ken, Simu Liu's career took a turn that's as fascinating as a twist on the dance floor.

    Simu Liu (Source: Entertainment Weekly)

    Simu Liu's move from Shang-Chi's heroic stunts to Barbie's enchanting dance-offs might seem surprising, but his ability to charm both agents and directors with his unique skills is nothing short of mesmerizing. From a script that inspired an agent to stake his career on it to an audition that left a renowned director in giggles, Liu's leap into Barbie's world is a tale as captivating as any blockbuster plot.

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