“Kung Fu” Season 2: Olivia Liang talks about how Nicky becomes a Shifu

When the Biange blossom peeks through a sidewalk in San Francisco at the end kung fu‘s first season is an indication, we’ve only scratched the surface of the magical lore on the CW series.

Season 2, which premieres next Wednesday at 9:8c, will expand on these mystical elements as Nicky continues to protect Chinatown with her formidable kung fu skills. After avenging Pei-Ling’s death, watching Zhilan being taken to prison and her family accepting her hero status, she begins the new season in a great place.

New episodes begin six months after the events of the finale, in which Nicky and Henry are deeply in love and the Shen family’s Harmony Dumplings restaurant is thriving. But that peace is soon shattered by the reemergence of billionaire Russell Tan, whose sinister plans somehow concern Nicky’s long-lost cousin Mia (Vanessa Yao).

Kung fu season 2With the help of Henry, Althea, Ryan, Evan and Dennis, Nicky will take on the Tan family – which includes Juliette Tan (Annie Q), the nefarious business mogul’s clever and devious daughter – and become a Shifu himself.

“Nicky really cares about her family and protecting them, and when danger comes to one of her family members, she really will stop at nothing to protect them,” Olivia Liang, who plays Nicky, tells TVLine. “She may form questionable alliances this season to save her family and protect Mia.”

Now that Nicky truly possesses her power, she will “start to slip into a different role from Shifu like Pei-Ling did for her,” Liang teases. “We’re going to see Nikki trying to find the balance between what she wants to do and what she thinks is right, but that might not translate to Mia. [She’s] figuring out how to be a mentor.”

Things might not go as planned for the warrior part of Nicky’s life in Season 2, but at least her relationship with Henry is holding up well.

“They form such a good partnership,” Liang shares. “Henry is such a helpful friend and also very practical. You’ll see them on more adventures this season and they work really well together. Henry gets a really great story about his family history, especially in San Francisco, that fits seamlessly with their mission.”

As the show focuses more on mystical lore, action-packed sequences, and tight-knit family dynamics, Liang notes that new episodes will also explore stories that reflect a diverse Asian community.

“Our writers have embarked on things that, being a predominantly Asian cast, we’re uniquely able to talk about as a show,” she says. “They definitely carved out a lot of rich stories from what it means to be in an Asian community, to be a part of San Francisco.”

One of those upcoming stories revolves around Sebastian (JB Tadena), Harmony Dumplings’ charming new chef, who catches Ryan’s eye.

“[JB is] Filipino, and he represents another part of the Asian community,” Liang adds. “Introducing his character opens the world to more Asian-American identities for us, so I’m really excited that we’re going down that path.”

https://tvline.com/2022/03/04/kung-fu-season-2-preview-olivia-liang-interview-cw/ “Kung Fu” Season 2: Olivia Liang talks about how Nicky becomes a Shifu

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