‘Kung Fu’: Eddie Liu Previews Tonight’s New Episode

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If you recognize Eddie Liu, star of The CW’s new hit show Kung Fu, it’s probably from his role as sweet dummy Steve on Netflix’s also hit series Never Have I Ever. And interestingly (to me, at least), both shows dropped in April, officially making Liu the “Mr. April” of TV.

“At the rate that I’m going, I’m ready to drop my album by next April 1st,” Liu joked to Decider. “It’s funny, I was looking at my Facebook timeline memories, and a few years ago I did one of my first TV gigs, Time Traveling Bong, with Ilana Glazer and Paul Downs. And that came out in April. And I was like, ‘Oh, wow, this feels like a lucky time of year for me.’ I feel really fortunate. It’s pretty cool.”

Liu co-stars on the show as Henry, a martial arts instructor at the local community center who immediately bonds with Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang) when she returns to San Francisco to avenge her mentor’s death. Henry, it turns out, is also a scholar, and knows a little something about the possibly mystical weapons Nicky’s quarry is in search of. There also may be some romantic sparks in the offing, as well. But as for immediately forming a bond between the two characters? That was easy.

“Olivia and I were friends before we even started this project together,” Liu said. “So when we each found out that we had booked our respective roles on Kung Fu, we were over the moon for each other.”

Off-screen, the two fledging actors are friends; but on-screen, they complement each other as well, as the two characters show off very different fighting styles.

“Nicky is a trained in Shaolin,” Liu noted. “And Henry has his own style that’s … It’s a blend of a few things put together including Wing Chun, and Tai Chi, and a few others. I think what you’ll see is that the chemistry between the two characters, they’ll start to form this chemistry … in how they work together in the street, when they’re asked to throw fist sand kicks at some bad guys. And you’ll see that chemistry develop as the story goes.”

To find out just where that story goes, you can tune in to the second episode of Kung Fu tonight at 8/7c on The CW. And head back here after the episode airs for a longer Q&A with Liu.

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