Action star Donnie Yen might look tough on the outside, but deep down, he’s a loving family man and awesome dad.
Married to former model Cissy Wang, they have two kids; 12-year-old Jasmine, and nine-year-old James.
Donnie plays blind warrior Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first Star Wars spin-off film, which opened yesterday (Dec 15). Set between Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, it follows a band of rebels looking to steal plans for the Death Star superweapon.
Here are 7 reasons Donnie is the most badass father ever.
- HE GOT EXCLUSIVE STAR WARS COSTUMES FOR HIS KIDS
Most parents just buy their kids’ Halloween clothing. Donnie went all out to get Rogue One outfits made for his kids this Halloween, requesting costume materials from Disney.
The result? His son James dressed as his character Chirrut Imwe, complete with a staff, while his daughter Jasmine was, in his own words, “the prettiest and coolest Stormtrooper ever.” We agree!
2. HE TOOK THE ROLE IN ROGUE ONE FOR HIS KIDS
Donnie was reluctant to act in Rogue One, because it meant filming in London and being away from home for months. But his kids, who are massive Star Wars fans, persuaded him to do it.
“My kids are bigger Star Wars fans than I am, especially James. He has read the comics and owns the Lego toys,” says Donnie.
“I even asked him, ‘Which of Daddy’s movies do you like best, Ip Man or Star Wars?’ And he said Star Wars.”
Looks like we have James to thank for making our Donnie Yen and Star Wars fantasies come true.
Even while promoting Rogue One in LA and London recently, Donnie gave a shout-out to James for his ninth birthday. “ Happy Bday my little man…I’m so lucky to have a sweet, kind hearted and talented son! #blessed #loveyou” he wrote on Instagram.
When the director/producer/actor isn’t busy filming, he makes the best out of time with his family and tries to do anything that they asks for. “When I’m at home, I’m a ‘yes man’, ‘yes dad!’”, he says in an interview.
- HE HAS A TATTOO OF HIS WIFE’S NAME
Donnie has the character ‘詩’, meaning ‘poem’ in Mandarin, tattooed on his lower back. It’s part of his wife Cecil’s Chinese name, and he showed it off during the Rogue One press tour. If that’s not dedication to the love of your life, we don’t know what is.
- HE IS THE PERFECT ‘INSTAGRAM HUSBAND‘
Just like every other man whose wife wants to achieve the perfect #ootd on social media, Donnie is willing to make his wife Cecil look great on camera. Here he is taking a great candid shot of her.
- HE IS A SUPER HOT DAD
No dad body for Donnie, that’s for sure. It’s hard to tell he’s 52, given how ripped he is. And that definitely doesn’t come without hours pumped into the gym. Husbands, take note that this is how we’d like our men to look: handsome, and with chiselled abs.
- HE KNOWS HOW TO PROTECT HIS FAMILY
Skillfully trained in martial arts, Donnie doesn’t need any weapons to keep his family safe: His bare hands would suffice.
“I don’t need a lightsaber to beat Darth Vader’s butt…A true warrior doesn’t need any particular weapon,” he says. “You can give me anything, like a bottle of mineral water, and it can be used to fight.”
Given how much Donnie loves his family, we know he wouldn’t hesitate to fight anyone threatening their safety.
We’re looking forward to seeing power dad Donnie in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!
Photos: Walt Disney and @donnieyenofficial