Simu Liu discusses new memoir, 'We Were Dreamers'

The actor joins "The View" from the Bahamas in celebration of the show's 25th season, and shares why he focused on the multi-generational story of his family coming to America in his book.
7:11 | 06/29/22

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ALL RIGHT NOW. ALL RIGHT NOW. SIT DOWN. HE IS NOT GOING HOME WITH ANYBODY HERE. OKAY? [ LAUGHTER ] SARA HAS THE FIRST QUESTION. >> I MEAN -- OKAY. >> HE'S, LIKE, WELL, MAYBE. YOU NEVER KNOW. >> IT'S REALLY LIKE THE WHERE IS WALDO OF BAHA MAR. WE KEEP SEEING YOU ALL OVER EVERYWHERE THIS WEEK. ARE YOU HAVING A GOOD TIME? THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME IN THE BAHAMAS. >> OH, WOW. >> IT IS MY FIRST TIME, AND I WOULD SAY -- [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] -- ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES I'VE EVER BEEN TO. I WOULD SAY ABOUT 95% OF IT HAS BEEN, LIKE, THE BEST VACATION I'VE EVER BEEN ON, AND THEN TO ADDRESS THE OTHER 5%, I DID HAVE A PIG ENCOUNTER JUST THE OTHER DAY. >> OH, LOOK AT THIS. >> WHEN THEY SAY FEED THE PIGS, YOU DON'T FEED THEM YOUR HAND. >> AREN'T YOU SUPPOSED TO DO THE PIG? >> I'M SUPPOSED TO SWIM WITH THE PIGS, RIGHT? WHICH IS A THING. IT'S, LIKE, THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THERE'S PIGS. BUT HONEY, LET ME TELL YOU. I DON'T BLAME THE PIGS FOR BITING YOU. >> OKAY. SINCE YOU'RE ABOUT TO DO IT, I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO GIVE YOU ADVICE AND FOR ANYONE WHO IS THINKING OF SWIMMING WITH THE PIGS. FIRST OF ALL, WHAT AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE. YOU GET EVERYTHING. YOU GET TO SWIM WITH THEM. YOU GET TO PET THEM. THEY'RE REALLY, REALLY FRIENDLY UNTIL THEY PUT A CARROT IN YOUR HAND. >> YEAH. >> AND THEN THEY TURN INTO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CREATURES. SO I WOULD -- >> THE SAME THING HAPPENS WITH US. >> THERE YOU GO. FAIR ENOUGH. >> ALL RIGHT. I'VE GOT A QUESTION FOR YOU. SO YOU WENT ON A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF TRIP RECENTLY. I THINK WE HAVE A PICTURE. >> OH. >> THE POLAR PLUNGE? >> OH MY. >> SIMU, WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON HERE, AND IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE YOU DON'T HAVE CLOTHES ON WHICH SEEMS TO BE A THEME. >> IT'S A THEME. IT'S A RECURRING THEME IN MY LIFE. I JUST NEVER QUITE HAVE ENOUGH CLOTHES. SOME TALK SHOWS INVITE YOU OUT TO THE BAHAMAS AND THIS BEAUTIFUL RESORT IN FRONT OF ALL OF YOU INCREDIBLE, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, AND -- [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] -- AND SOME INVITE YOU TO THE CANADIAN ROCKIES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WINTER, AND THAT IS WHAT THEY DID, AND OF COURSE, I'M NEVER ONE TO SHY AWAY. I DIDN'T WANT TO SAY NO, BUT I SHOWED UP AND HE ASKED ME TO STRIP DOWN TO YOUR BOXERS. I WAS, LIKE, SIR, PLEASE TAKE ME OUT TO DINNER FIRST, BUT NO. HE CUT A NICE HOLE IN THE ICE FOR US TO GO INTO. HE WAS, LIKE, THIS IS A JACUZZI, BUT, LIKE, A LITTLE DIFFERENT. >> WHEN THEY INVITED US TO BAMF, I DON'T THINK THAT CAME UP. >> I WAS GOING TO WEAR A SHIRT LIKE THAT, BUT I WAS AFRAID MY BOOBS WOULD HIT THE TABLE. >> I WANT TO ASK YOU, WAS THIS BEFORE OR AFTER YOU WAXED OFF ALL OF YOUR BODY HAIR FOR THE NEW "BARBIE" MOVIE? BECAUSE THAT HAPPENED. >> OH. >> AND DID YOU SCREAM, AH! KELLY CLARKSON. ARE YOU A "40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN" FAN? >> I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO ASK ME IF I WAS A 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN. >> ME TOO. >> I DID NOT YELL THAT. THAT'S A VERY PG-13 THING TO YELL. >> YOU YELLED SOMETHING ELSE? >> I YELLED MORE EXPLETIVE THINGS, AND IT WAS BEFORE. I DID HAVE MY BODY HAIR WITH ME AT THAT TIME. >> TO WARM YOU UP IN THE PLUNGE. >> IT DID NOT DO A WHOLE LOT. >> ALL 17 OF THEM? >> ALL 17 OF THEM, AND I GOT TO SAY IT DIDN'T DO THE WORK. >> HE PLUCKED THEM. WE TALKED ABOUT WE BOTH GOT FIRED FROM JOBS WE DIDN'T LIKE. YOU WERE AN ACCOUNTANT. I DON'T SEE YOU AS AN ACCOUNTANT. DO YOU SEE ME AS A RECEPTIONIST? ABSOLUTELY NOT. WE WERE FIRED AND MOVED ONTO SOMETHING WE PREFERRED, RIGHT? >> RIGHT. >> NOW BEYONCE HAS THIS SUMMER ANTHEM ABOUT IT CALLED "BREAK MY SOUL" THAT'S INSPIRING THIS GREAT RESIGNATION AROUND THE COUNTRY. >> YES. >> WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT? >> I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL. >> WE WERE AHEAD OF HER. >> YEAH. NOT TO SAY -- WE WERE BEYONCE BEFORE IT WAS YOPBEYONCE. NO, NO, NO. DON'T QUOTE ME ON THAT. WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH SUCH A TOUGH COUPLE OF YEARS AS A GLOBAL COMMUNITY, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK REALLY STUCK OUT IS HOW DIFFERENTLY PEOPLE LOVED IF THEY HAVE PRIVILEGE AND IF THEY DON'T HAVE PRIVILEGE, AND IT TAKES MAYBE I THINK A GLOBAL CRISIS LIKE COVID TO REALLY BRING THAT OUT TO THE FORE. >> YEP. >> BUT I MEAN TRULY, LIKE, YOU GOT TO SEE WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIFESTYLES AND STANDARD OF LIVING WERE, AND SO I THINK IT'S, LIKE, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE ASKING THE SAME QUESTIONS. HOW CAN SOME PEOPLE HAVE SO MUCH AND OTHER PEOPLE HAVE SO LITTLE? SO I TOTALLY APPLAUD BEYONCE. I APPLAUD THE MOVEMENT AND I THINK, YEAH. QUIT YOUR -- NOT EVERYBODY QUIT YOUR JOBS, BUT, LIKE, YEAH. >> NOW? >> DEMAND MORE BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT HAVE, YOU KNOW, 17 HOUSES AND OWN, YOU KNOW, ISLANDS AND THINGS. >> THAT'S NO WAY TO TALK ABOUT ME, SIMU. >> SOME PEOPLE. >> I TRY. >> WE TALK ABOUT THAT ALL THE TIME. PAY PEOPLE THEIR WORTH AND THEIR VALUE. >> MM-HMM. >> I HAVE TO ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR FANTASTIC NEW MEMOIR. "WE WERE DREAMERS." IT IS SO GOOD, AND IT'S A "NEW YORK TIMES" BEST-SELLER ALREADY. CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT. >> THANK YOU. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. >> WHAT STRUCK ME IS IT HAS THE WORD WE IN IT, AND MOST MEMOIRS TALK ABOUT ME OR I. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHY IS THAT IN THERE? >> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, YOU KNOW, I MADE ONE MOVIE, ALL RIGHT? AND I'M ALREADY COMING OUT WITH A MEMOIR. SO I MEAN, WE HAD TO MAKE IT NOT ALL ME-FOCUSED. TRULY THE STORY THAT I WANTED TO TELL AND I'VE WANTED TO TELL THE STORY WAY BEFORE I WAS EVER, YOU KNOW, A MARVEL HERO OR WHATEVER HAVE YOU, BUT IT'S -- I WANTED TO TELL THE STORY OF OUR WHOLE FAMILY. OUR WHOLE FAMILY OF DREAMERS AND IT'S A MULTIGENERATIONAL TALE OF, YOU KNOW, FOLLOWING YOUR PASSIONS, OF SETTING A GOAL ON THE HORIZON AND JUST PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE AND GOING FOR IT, AND IT STARTS IN CHINA IN THE '60s AND '70s WHEN MY PARENTS GREW UP, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY A VERY DIFFERENT TIME AND VERY DIFFERENT PLACE THAN HERE, AND JUST THE, YOU KNOW, WHAT REALLY STRUCK ME ABOUT JUST THE PROCESS OF INTERVIEWING THEM AND HEARING THEIR STORY WAS JUST HOW FAR-FETCHED IT WAS AT THE TIME TO COME TO A PLACE LIKE AMERICA OR NORTH AMERICA, AND TO BUILD A LIFE WHEN THEY DIDN'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE, THEY DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE CULTURE. I THINK MY DAD HAD SEEN, LIKLIK LIKE, "THE SOUND OF MUSIC" AND "STAR WARS" AND BASED ON THOSE THINGS, HE WAS, LIKE, I COULD GET DOWN TO AMERICA. I WOULD LOVE TO COME TO AMERICA. [ APPLAUSE ] I KIND OF -- BEING AT THE AGE MY PARENTS WERE ROUGHLY WHEN THEY HAD ME, I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK ABOUT HOW THAT PAR LEALLELS WITY OWN LIFE, AS AN ACCOUNTANT, WATCHING MOVIES AND BEING, LIKE, I WANT TO BE APART OF MOVIES. >> AND NOW YOU'RE A MARVEL SUPERHERO. >> THERE YOU GO. >> IT STARTS WITH A DREAM, RIGHT? GIVING YOURSELF THE PERMISSION TO PURSUE YOUR DREAMS. >> DREAMS ARE EVERYTHING. SO SIMU, NEXT TIME WE SEE YOU, COME AND HANG WITH US FOR THE WHOLE SHOW AND DO A THING. BE A CO-HOST. >> OH MY GOODNESS. >> BE ONE OF OUR MALE CO-HOSTS. >> YEAH. >> ARE WE SHOOTING IT IN THE BAHAMAS? >> WE'RE WORKING ON IT. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] HIS MEMOIR

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