In the lead up to the scheduled release of her movie Mulan next month, the star of Disney’s live adaptation Crystal Liu Yifei popped by the offices of The Hollywood Reporter for an exclusive together with her New Zealand born director Niki Caro who guided her in the film.
For the first time ever, Crystal touches on THAT politically charged post she made last year. “I think it’s a very complicated situation and I’m not an expert” says the actress much more cautiously now in case her comments might come back to bite her in the future. “I just really hope this gets resolved soon. I think it’s just a very sensitive situation”, she adds. As you guys know, the Disney star made waves after her post showing her support for the Hong Kong Police put her in the very centre of a controversy. Quite a bold move for the actress because sure enough, angry Netizens who were unhappy with her statement reacted by launching the #BoycottMulan movement online. Now that we know the film cost Disney an eye watering $200M to make, the campaign might spell bad news for the studio if it can potentially cause the film to flop.
Since the 32 year old actress was originally born in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus which has already claimed thousands and is still wreaking havoc locally and globally, the conversation inevitably touched upon whether she had any family or close friends affected by the disease. Luckily, she says she doesn’t have any relatives and friends infected. The actress who left Wuhan for Los Angeles with her mother when she was ten said that “It’s really heavy for me to even think about it. People are doing the right thing. They’re being careful for themselves and for others. I’m so touched actually to see how they haven’t been out for weeks”, referring to the self quarantine many back home are doing in an effort to inhibit the further spread of the virus. The actress said she’s hopeful for a miracle to happen and for the epidemic to be under control very soon.