ER At five years old, you moved from Harbin, China, to Toronto. Did you visit China a lot growing up?
SL My first trip back to China was when I was 10, and for most of my teenage years we went back every summer. At that point, I was still very connected to the culture and I could speak Mandarin well, but that stopped when I started acting – my parents didn’t invite me to go back with them for a while because things between us were not good. But as time went on, they learned to come to terms with my acting. It’s been almost a decade since I’ve been back home, so I see Shang‑Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as an opportunity to reconnect with those roots.
ER The film comes out around Lunar New Year 2021. Is this a holiday you celebrate with your family?
SL Yes, it’s the most important holiday of the year for us. Our celebration is nothing compared to what it’s like for people in China, but we still go out for dinner and sometimes my parents will give me that iconic red pocket. I recently surprised them with a red Jaguar, so I joked that it was the ultimate red pocket. Nowadays, I feel like I can’t spoil them enough because of everything they have done for me.
ER You are currently shooting in Australia. Will you travel while you’re there?
SL My parents are coming to visit me in Sydney. We’re going to head up to the Gold Coast and see the Great Barrier Reef. I think we’ll be doing a lot of travelling together in the future – they have always wanted to see the world.