Name: Liu Yifei (Crystal Liu, birth name An Feng)
Birthplace: Wuhan, Hubei
Liu Yifei is a Chinese-American actress who’s been working in the entertainment industry since 2003, when she made her Chinese TV debut as Bai Xiuzhu in The Story of a Noble Family. From there, she’s appeared in a number of films and television shows, many of which fall under the wuxia genre, or “martial heroes” sect of Chinese fiction. For Western attempts at effectively channeling the genre, think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, or House of Flying Daggers.
She’s no stranger to action, drama, or romance, and has the acting skills to back up just about any role she’s placed in. With her snagging the role of Mulan, she’s only about to get even bigger on the international stage.