With her soft and feminine features, one might expect actress Liu Yifei to have a hard time disguising herself as a man for her titular role in Disney’s live-action film Mulan.
However, the 33-year-old actress explained in an email interview that blending in with the dudes wasn’t difficult at all. On the contrary, she feels like one of them.
She said: “I felt like I am a man because I fit in so well. One day, we were working and we were all dressed in costume and an actor patted my shoulder, and asked me a question. But when I turned around, he realised it was me and not the guy he wanted to address.
“He was so surprised and apologetic. So when you’re surrounded by men, you feel like they’re your buddies. They don’t treat me like a girl. I’m just one of the guys to them.”
Disney’s Mulan is an adaptation of the legendary Chinese ballad that tells the story of a girl who disguised herself as a man to fight in the war in her father’s stead.
This film is also a live-action remake of the 1998 animated classic which captured the hearts of many and also featured the iconic song Reflection sung by Christina Aguilera.
The film has gathered many renowned Asian actors in the industry apart from Yifei, such as Jet Li, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, and Cheng Pei-pei.
And here’s what Yifei says about them — along with her thoughts about Mulan, and the character’s resonance with women, and the Asian audience.