Is Simu Liu dating someone new? The 33-year-old actor was spotted leaving for dinner with Senior Year actress Jade Bender on Sunday in West Hollywood, California. Liu and Bender were both dressed casually as they were photographed leaving the restaurant together, with the actress wearing a white halter top and light-wash denim.
Meanwhile, the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star wore pants and a navy-blue long-sleeved shirt. According to Extra, the duo got into the same car after their adventure. Bender and Liu appear to have met years ago, as they posed together at the 2019 Unforgettable Gala in neighboring Beverly Hills.
A representative for Liu did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment on the relationship. Earlier this year, rumors circulated that Liu was dating Chrishell Stause, who clarified the situation on Watch What Happens Live in February.
During the episode’s “After Show,” a viewer called in to ask the soap opera actress-turned-real-estate-agent and reality star if she had ever connected with Liu romantically before or after selling him his most recent house on season 4 of Selling Sunset. The viewer claimed that she and other admirers thought they detected a spark between them.
Stause went on to explain that the Canadian actor is “so sweet, he’s fantastic,” before adding that she doesn’t think he’s “public with his whole issue, but he’s just a friend.” When host Andy Cohen probed her on what she meant by “problem,” Stause, 40, explained that she meant Liu prefers to keep his dating life quiet.
Liu, who will next be seen in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie live-action film adaption, is certainly discreet about his personal life, although he told Vanity Fair in June 2021 that he once tried to “impress” a crew member while filming Shang-Chi. “There was a cute female on the team that I was attempting to impress during a really complicated stunt,” he explained. “When I started sprinting, I lost my balance, fell, hurt my knee, and ended up splayed out 12 feet in the air.”