Simu Liu, Star Of Marvel's 'Shang-Chi', Used To Be A Handsome Stock Photo Model

September 7th, 2021 - 2:51 PM EDT by Adam Downer

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Actor Simu Liu has had a meteoric rise to fame in a short amount of time, rising from (relative) obscurity to the heights of Marvel superhero as he takes on the role of the title character in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. It's an incredible opportunity for the actor, whose biggest role prior to Shang-Chi was a starring part in the long-running sitcom Kim's Convenience. Of course, such a quick rise to stardom means it was time for an old skeleton to come out of Liu's closet: his past as a stock photo model.


Prior to becoming the star of the biggest movie in America last weekend, Liu took a stock photo modeling gig. In his Instagram stories, he explained he took one job for $100 in 2014 but has seen the results everywhere in the last seven years.

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The photos have floated around online for some time before Liu hit the big time, and he hasn't been shy about laughing about them.


The release of Shang-Chi brought the stock photos to the forefront of the internet, where people had a good time reveling in the actor's humble origins.


Liu is certainly not the first actor whose smaller gigs became public knowledge after he became famous: after all, perhaps nothing will top the time Aaron Paul was on The Price Is Right.



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