Who Is Liu Yifei? Get to Know the Actress Playing Mulan in Disney's Live-Action Remake

After the success of Jungle BookCinderella and Beauty and the Beast, Disney is going full-steam ahead with their live-action remakes.

Not only are we looking forward to Aladdin and The Lion King, but we're so stoked to see one of the most kick-butt princesses come to life on the big screen with Disney's live-action Mulan.

The film won't be released until 2019, but they've already found their star in Chinese actress Liu Yifei.

Read on to discover some need-to-know facts about this soon-to-be star.

She's a Girl With Many Names

Though she goes by Liu Yifei, her birth name is An Feng. She changed her name to Liu Ximeizi when she was 7 years old. In 2002, she took the stage name Liu Yifei.

 

Fans Call Her Fairy Sister

She was given the name because of her role in the series Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils. We think it suites her perfectly.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Actress Liu Yifei attends the Dior Boutique Opening during the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images for Dior)

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She Starred in One of Taiwan's Highest-Rated TV Series

Speaking of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, it just so happens to be the highest-rated mainland drama in Taiwan.

 

She's Dating Her Costar

Liu is currently dating actor Song Seung Heon. They met while filming The Third Way of Love. Talk about relationship goals.

 

She's Lived in the U.S.

She was born in China, but she moved to New York with her mom when she was 10m after her parents' divorce, and lived there for a few years. She moved back to China in 2002 to pursue her acting career.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 03: Liu Yifei attends the Christian Dior show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 at Musee Rodin on March 3, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Dior)

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She's Trained in Swordfighting and Martial Arts

She's even done most of her own stunts for many of the movies and shows she's acted in. This training will come in handy when she starts filming Mulan.

 

She Can Sing

Not only is she a successful actress, but Liu also has pipes! She signed with Sony Music Japan in 2006 and released two albums. Her first single "Mayonaka no Doa" was the theme song for the Japanese series Powerpuff Girls Z. We're so ready to hear her belt out "Reflection."

BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 16: Actress Liu Yifei arrives at the red carpet of the 7th Beijing International Film Festival on April 16, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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