The Mulan star shares her favourite books, rom-com classics and her idea of bliss.
What’s your favourite Disney movie and why? Mulan – must I say more? The story of Mulan is rooted in filial piety, which is an essential virtue in many Asian cultures. She honours that virtue while figuring out her own truth. It’s a powerful film with a great lesson for anyone of any age.
What was the big album of your youth?
Taylor Swift – every single one of her albums.
What book would you recommend to a friend?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Work on yourself girlfriend, you deserve to be less stressed and more blessed.
What’s the best podcast you’ve listened to?
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. Incredibly enlightening and, like Oprah says, “The best thing you can give yourself is time.”
What’s the most momentous movie of your childhood?
The Namesake by Mira Nair. This film forever changed the way I saw and interacted with my parents. I had so much more love and respect for them and for myself after I watched this.
What song can you listen to on repeat and never get sick of?
Secret Garden’s “Pastorale”. It was one of the songs used in my favourite TV series growing up. It’s emotional and beautiful.
Ever cried watching a movie? If so, what was the movie?
I am Sam. I was 15 and thought I was a hardcore, emotionless teenager until I watched this film on a plane – I didn’t stop crying for 10 minutes after it ended.
What’s your favourite romantic comedy?
Crash Landing on You.
What’s your favourite movie snack?
Corn – hot, fresh, steamed corn.
Who’s your favourite actor?
What’s your idea of bliss?
Laying on the grass, under some shade, watching clouds pass with absolutely nothing and no one to get back to.
What’s the last photo you took on your phone?
A picture of my 100-day old nephew.
Xana plays Xiu in Disney’s live action Mulan, and voices Maggie in season two of Tales of Nai Mai, streaming now on TVNZ OnDemand.