Cast member Fala Chen arrives at the premiere of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Cast member Fala Chen arrives at the premiere of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Fala Chen’s career before Shang-Chi: from Hong Kong TV shows and beauty pageants to acting alongside Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Tony Leung

  • Hollywood buffs might be buzzing about Simu Liu in Marvel’s first Asian-led superhero film, but Chen, who plays Shang-Chi’s mum Ying Li, has an impressive story too
  • Originally a marketing and business student at Emory University, Chen acted in TVB dramas and eventually nabbed a role in HBO’s The Undoing

Cast member Fala Chen arrives at the premiere of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Cast member Fala Chen arrives at the premiere of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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