Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu Gets Honest About His Work With ‘Burnout’ And Mental Health Issues On 1st Anniversary Of MCU Film’s Release
On this day a year ago, Simu Liu became a first blockbuster star when Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings exceeded box office expectations for a box office record debut on Labor Day weekend. The new Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise quickly catapulted Liu into another slice of stardom after years of being known to viewers for her role in the sitcom. Kim’s Convenience. The actor spoke about the MCU film’s one-year anniversary with some reality in regards to the “exhaustion” and mental health struggles he’s been experiencing.
Simu Liu recalled that when Shang Chi Released in theaters around this time last year, it “completely changed” her life. He called the experience “the absolute best race”, but also had some honesty about his personal life to divulge. In his words:
In his instagram post, the actor shared a photo of himself, co-star Awkwafina and director/co-writer Destin Daniel Cretton at the film’s world premiere. He wrote that he felt unprepared for the coming year in which he became a public figure in a big way but left his own well-being unchecked. He continued:
That’s right, Simu Liu made a tonne since his big-screen debut as Shang-Chi. As the actor shared, he has filmed numerous films, including a romantic drama titled A true love and by Greta Gerwig Barbie film alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. It is also on a canine adventure with Mark Wahlberg and recently Liu signed on to play a villain opposite Jennifer Lopez in a Netflix movie. And that’s all without talking about its bright future in the next few marvel movies. He also released a best-selling memoir, filled with stories about his journey to stardom.
Although all the turmoil unfortunately took a bit of a toll on his personal life, with the actor citing that he almost worked himself out for fear of slowing down and had to turn to himself and bring Changes. He then said this:
It looks like Simu Liu’s fame from Shang Chi has been amazing for the opportunities given to him, but he has had to learn over the year to not do it all and focus on his own mental health. He ended his post by saying that he is now seeking help from a therapist and changing some of his habits in order to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
In a world where we see a lot of content from celebrities or friends and family about everyone’s highlights and successes, it’s refreshing to see an actor get real with his fans about what’s really going on behind the scenes and normalize by prioritizing their mental health and seeking therapy. That said, Happy One Year is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings! And those who want to watch the movie to celebrate can stream it with a Disney+ subscription.