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Mina-Na Wen Reveals The Original Plan For Her 'Mulan' Cameo

Ming-Na Wen surprised fans over the weekend when they saw her at the end of the new live-action Mulan film.

If you didn’t see, the 56-year-old actress and original voice of the animated Mulan plays the part of “Esteemed Guest” as she introduces her successor, Yifei Liu, to the Emperor.

However, the plan was for her to be in an entirely different scene.

“I was going to be the potential mother-in-law for the matchmaker scene,” she shared with the NY Times.

That didn’t work out “because of the weather, they needed me to be out there for a month just in case” and because of her Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. schedule.

“[They] just threw up their hands: ‘We can’t lose you for a month!’” Ming-Na explained. “I totally understood, and I’m always very Zen about this stuff. I said, ‘Look, if it was meant to me be, it was meant to be. We all tried, and it’s too bad.’”

But the idea wasn’t tossed out, but instead, re-worked with producer Jason Reed and director, Niki Caro.

“[They] came up with this great idea where instead of shooting an entire scene, I’d just make a cameo at the very end to announce Mulan to the emperor,” Ming-Na shared. “I thought that was very appropriate and just wonderful, a little Easter egg where I could pass the baton. And this time, they only needed me there for a week. So it all worked out!”

She also credits Mulan fans for suggesting that she appear in the film.

“I asked my manager and my agent if that would be a possibility because I thought that would be kind of fun. Then I met with Jason and he loved the idea,” she says.

If you missed it, learn more about the actor who plays Hongui, Yoson An now!

The Original Mulan, Ming-Na Wen, Has a Cameo in the Live-Action Remake!

Ming-Na Wen, the actress who voiced the title role in the 1998 animated movie Mulan, has a cameo in the live-action remake of the film!

Near the end of the film, after Mulan has saved the Emperor of China and defeats the villainous Bori Khan, she is an invited guest at the palace.

A woman, who is credited as “Esteemed Guest,” introduces Mulan to the Emperor… and that’s Ming-Na! Her daughter Michaela is actually in the scene as well.

On the day of the film’s release, Ming-Na took to Instagram to promote the movie. She wrote, “Live-action #Mulan is finally out today on @disneyplus Premiere Access. I can’t wait to see it again!! You will love this spectacular film!”

The singing voice of Mulan in the animated movie was provided by Broadway star Lea Salonga.

Yifei Liu, who plays Mulan in the live-action movie, is a singer and did a cover of “Reflection” in Mandarin. Listen now!

Animated 'Mulan' Star Ming-Na Wen Steals The Spotlight at Live-Action 'Mulan' Premiere

Ming-Na Wen looks so gorgeous in a tapestry like gown at the premiere of Mulan held at Dolby Theatre on Monday night (March 9) in Hollywood.

The 56-year-old actress was the voice of the character in the 1998 animated film.

Ming-Na was joined by American Housewife stars Carly Hughes and Meg Donnelly, Lana Condor, Chrissy Metz, Jaimie Alexander, Amy Brenneman, Missi Pyle, Alexis Knapp, Kimora Lee Simmons, Dania Ramirez, and Superstore‘s Nico Santos.

Disney+ stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Sofia Wylie, Dara Renee, and Matt Cornett were also at the event along with Auli’i Cravalho, Modern Family‘s Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Ever Carradine, Angela Kinsey, beauty influencers Patrick Starrr and Bretman Rock, and cute couple Jordin Sparks and Dana Isaiah.

When the movie was searching for its’ live action star, Ming-Na only had one request. See what it was here!

FYI: Lana wore an Antonio Berardi jumpsuit with Lark & Berry London jewelry. Auli’i wore an Azzi & Osta dress with Anabela Chan jewelry. Jaimie wore a Maria Lucia Hohan dress and Borgioni earrings. Sofia is wearing Le Vian jewelry.

45+ pictures inside of Ming-Na Wen, Auli’i Cravalho, Lana Condor and more at the Mulan premiere…

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Jaime King & Kyle Newman Couple Up at Star-Studded 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Premiere!

Jaime King is all smiles as she poses alongside her husband Kyle Newman on the carpet at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker held at the TCL Chinese Theater on Monday night (December 16) in Hollywood.

The Black Summer actress was also joined at the event by The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano, Pete Wentz and his son Bronx Wentz, Constance Zimmer, Aisha Tyler, Ava DuVernay, Bobby Moynihan, Derek Hough and Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo.

Also in attendance to show their support for the film was Jay and Silent Bob Reboot stars Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, Frozen‘s Josh Gad, Mario Lopez, Matt Lanter, Ming-Na Wen, Modern Family‘s Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez, Raini Rodriguez, Seth Green, Spike Lee and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Jaime provided the voice of bounty hunter Aurra Sing and thief Cassie Cryar in the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. At the after party, she snacked on a McDonald’s Happy Meal and reminisced about being a kid in her Instagram post. She wrote, “Ever since I was little we would run to our local @mcdonalds to get the amazing #happymeal Star Wars toys! I treasure those memories.”

FYI: Jaime King is wearing a dress with a jeweled neckline by Prabal Gurung, Chloe Gosselin shoes, stacked colored rings by Bakti, stacked white rings by Eriness, earrings and other rings by Carole Le Bris Perez and Elie Saab bag.

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Pedro Pascal & Bryce Dallas Howard Celebrate Premiere of Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian'!

Pedro Pascal is dapper in a suit as he hits the red carpet at the Disney+ premiere of his new series The Mandalorian held at El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday (November 13) in Los Angeles.

The 44-year-old actor was joined at the event by directors Bryce Dallas Howard, Jon Favreau, Deborah Chow and Rick Famuyiwa, as well as co-stars Carl Weathers, Gina Carano and Emily Swallow.

Other attendees at the event in support of Pedro Pascal and crew were Ming-Na Wen, Seth Green and Julia Jones.

Here’s the synopsis: “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”

You can start streaming the original Star Wars series on Disney+ now – Watch the trailer!

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Charlie's Angels Star Ella Balinska Shines at CFDA Vogue Fashion Fun Awards With Lil Nas X

Ella Balinska adds a pop up silver to her chic look while arriving for the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund 2019 Awards held at Cipriani South Street on Monday night (November 4) in New York City.

The Charlie’s Angels star stepped out for the event alongside singer Lil Nas X, who looked sharp in his white and smoky gray suit.

Looking For Alaska‘s Kristine Froseth, Kaitlyn Dever, Kat Graham,and After‘s Khadijha Red Thunder were also seen inside the party.

Also spotted at the fashion event were Dickinson‘s Anna Baryshnikov, Jagged Little Pill‘s Kathryn Gallagher, Aquaman‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Agents of Shield‘s Ming-Na Wen, Broadway actor Joshua Henry, and singer Maxwell.

FYI: Kaitlyn wore Prabal Gurung.

You can find 30+ pictures inside of Ella Balinska, Lil Nas X and more…

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Charlie Cox, Reeve Carney & Clark Gregg Attend ABC & Marvel Honor Stan Lee Event in NYC

Charlie Cox, Reeve Carney and Clark Gregg are paying tribute to Stan Lee!

The stars were all in attendance at the ABC & Marvel Honors Stan Lee event at New Amsterdam Theatre on Monday (October 7) in New York City.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D actors Jay August Richards, Ming Na Wen and Jeff Ward and Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski, ESPN sportscaster Elle Duncan and My Brother, My Brother and Me podcaster Travis and father Clint McElroy were all in attendance for the event.

New Warriors star Milana Vayntraub, Ironheart author Eve Ewing, The Good Fight‘s Nyambi Nyambi, Impractical JokersJames Murray, Runaways stars James Yaegashi, Angel Parker and Annie Wersching, Michael Maize, Inhumans star Eme Ikwuakor, Marvel theme song composer Jack Urbont, Dashboard Confessional singer Chris Carraba, The Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway, Broad City alum Chris Gethard and The Amazing Spider-Man author Todd McFarlane and wife Wanda also attended the tribute.

The tribute, which was taped and hosted by Clark Gregg, will eventually be broadcasted on television.

READ MORE: Upcoming Marvel Movie Schedule After Endgame Revealed!

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