This week we are crushing on Eileen Li.
Eileen Li was born to Chinese immigrant parents in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Toronto, Ontario where she currently resides. At a young age, Eileen caught the acting bug and her attention turned from all things artistic to drama. She switched programs at the University of Waterloo from kinesiology to a degree in the dramatic arts. From there, she went on to perform in various theatre festivals including Factory Theatre’s production of Tough at the 2010 Magnetic North Festival and Souvenirs of Home at the 2010 Summer Works Theatre Festival. Since then, Eileen has appeared in several major film and television productions and has several credits under her name including Orphan Black (BBC America), Degrassi: The Next Generation (Much Music), Nikita (CW) Kim’s Convenience (Cbc) Alphas (Syfy) and 21 Thunder (Cbc).
Eileen will also be gracing the screen on Shadowhunters (ABC) in their third season. Outside of acting, Eileen is passionate about staying active and is a certified Moksha yoga instructor. Most recently, she has started training in a style of martial arts called “Choy Lee Fut” and has also picked up Muay Thai. A self-proclaimed nerd, Eileen is a big fan of anime. When she’s not working out or watching her favourite anime series Sailor Moon, Eileen can be found hitting the best food joints in the city. Talk about crushworthy! Get to know Eileen better below.
What is your ideal first date/what’s the best date you have ever been on?
My ideal first date would involve us doing something active together and then going for some really good food afterwards. It’s especially fun if it’s something we both haven’t tried before and we’re learning it together for the first time.
What is your instant deal breaker?
If a guy is rude to a server or bartender, it’s a red flag for me. I can’t stand people who think they’re better than others. It’s a huge turn off for me.
What is the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
A guy barked at me once on my walk home. Then he asked for my number. It didn’t turn out well but it was certainly the strangest thing anyone did to get my attention.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Perfection doesn’t exist. Don’t look for it in a partner.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
You have to continually woo each other. Find new and exciting things about each other. Keep looking at each other as if it were the first time all over again. Never stop holding hands.