Hollywood’s Go-To Asian Dad Tzi Ma On His New Netflix Movie, The Joys Of On-Screen FatherHood, And Mulan’s Oscar Hopes

Tzi Ma had been working on the pilot of Kung Fu — the reboot of the cult 1970s series starring David Carradine — for a week in Vancouver before filming was put on indefinite hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

And like so many others, the prolific veteran Chinese-American character actor, 57, found himself in a forced hiatus. Holed up at home in Pasadena, California, he’d hoped to ride out the storm by devoting his downtime to a laundry list of personal projects.

At least, that was his plan. read more…

Tzi Ma is already everyone’s go-to Asian dad. Netflix’s ‘Tigertail’ makes him the star

Over Skype on a recent afternoon as Tzi Ma was discussing “Tigertail,” his first major leading role, the actor couldn’t help but veer into the proud paternal mode he’s embraced as Hollywood’s favorite Asian Dad. True to that title, he showered praise upon his many movie daughters, his eyes lighting up.

There was Awkwafina from last year’s “The Farewell,” who won the Golden Globe for her dramatic debut in a story based on filmmaker Lulu Wang‘s life. Yifei Liu, who anchors Disney’s upcoming live-action epic “Mulan,” in which Ma plays the legendary warrior’s doting father. Christine Ko of “Tigertail,” in which Ma stars as a Taiwanese immigrant wrestling with the ghosts of his own American dream, and many, many more. read more…

Tzi Ma is changing what it means to be ‘Hollywood’s go-to Asian dad’

When actor Tzi Ma was in elementary school, his family moved from Hong Kong to New York, where they ran a Chinese restaurant on Staten Island. As the youngest of seven children, Ma found another father figure in a brother 18 years his senior who, with the move, left behind a promising career in architecture. Working in the restaurant, he always seemed moody to his kid brother, who could “see the silence” within him. Ma didn’t find out what his brother had given up until years later. read more…

‘We Are Perpetual Foreigners.’ Tzi Ma Talks Tigertail, Mulan and Anti-Asian Bigotry During Coronavirus

Things were going a little too well for Tzi Ma. Over the past few years, the veteran actor has taken on some of the best roles of his career: nuanced portraits of immigrants, generals and intergalactic senators. In the midst of a larger push for Asian-American representation, Ma has found himself at the center of the action: he played the father of Awkwafina’s Billi in The Farewell, and in March, was about to embark on press tours for both Mulan (in which he plays Mulan’s father) and Tigertail (Alan Yang’s Netflix drama in which he serves as the lead), before Mulan‘s release date was postponed and all non-essential in-person business was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. read more…

‘Tigertail’s Tzi Ma Transcends Role As Hollywood’s Go-To Asian Father To Become Trailblazing Icon

Tzi Ma has starred in a multitude of TV series and movies including huge franchises like Rush Hour, and more recently, Lulu Wang’s critically acclaimed The Farewell. He will also be featured in Disney’s forthcoming live-action adaptation of Mulan and in The CW’s reboot of Kung Fu. The Hong Kong-born actor has a very storied career working alongside icons on stage and screen. read more…

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