Simu Liu “wanted so much to be hot” as a teenager.
The Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star says growing up as an Asian and a man was difficult because the Western media portrayed him as “clumsy, nerdy and totally unsuitable for dates.”
Speaking about his confessions in his recently published memoir We Were Dreamers, the 33-year-old actor told The Independent, “It’s very embarrassing, but I wanted to be hot so bad. I wanted so badly to be desired and loved and admired. I had an attention deficit at home, but I was also probably just a dumb kid who wanted a girl and was considered attractive. I mean, who doesn’t?
Simu said that after getting a job at fashion store Abercrombie and Fitch, which is known to hire based on appearance, he “felt good” about his appearance.
He said, “But I didn’t find it at the time… I mean, I knew it was discrimination, but like everything else in the world! It’s been that way with every movie. Not that Abercrombie was any particularly discriminatory. I really enjoyed working there.”
The Barbie star is now trying to be a “model of self-confidence” instead of wanting to be the most handsome man on the planet.
Simu said, “I don’t feel like the hottest man in the world, but I’m trying to be a model of self-confidence. The pleasure of being topless from time to time is like…yes, I worked for it! I deserve to feel good in my skin! And if along the way it turns out to destroy a couple of stereotypes, then yes, why not?