Simu Liu Waxed His Entire Body for 'Barbie': "It Was the Most Painful Experience of My Life"

He stars in the movie alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

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If you’ve ever had your armpits, legs, upper lip, or bikini line waxed, you’re well aware it’s not necessarily an enjoyable experience. And thanks to his new gig as a Ken doll in the upcoming Barbie movie, Simu Liu can empathize. He kicked his grooming routine into high gear ahead of filming by getting his full body waxed—no hair left behind. 

“Waxing has been an education to say the least,” the Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings actor told The Independent in a recent interview. “It was one of the most painful experiences of my life. I have a new admiration for the incredibly brave women who go through this on a monthly basis.” 

Getting his body in a hairless state might not be the only way Liu is prepping for the movie. In early February, the Marvel actor took to Instagram to debut a new platinum blonde hairstyle. “Sorry ma pls don’t kill me,” he captioned a shirtless selfie. While some very perceptive followers guessed the new look was for a gig, news that Liu was officially joining the cast didn’t break until a few weeks later. 

Very little is known about the movie, but according to an interview Liu did with GQ last month, it’s “incredibly unique” and “wild.” He also spilled that the main reason he decided to go for the role was thanks to a rave review from his agent. “He [my agent] literally said this verbatim,” Liu said. “He was like, ‘If I could stake my career on any one script, it’s the Barbie script. I really think you should do it.’”

Liu isn’t the only big name in Barbie. Margot Robbie has the leading role and Ryan Gosling has been tapped to play the main Ken doll. A first look of Robbie in character was released earlier this year—and it effectively broke the internet. We have yet to see a glimpse of Gosling dressed as Ken, but rest assured, we’re anxiously awaiting an image. Barbie is set to be released on July 23, 2023. 

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Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar,,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.