Who Is Jessie Mei Li? Here's What You Need to Know About the Shadow and Bone Star

Who Is Jessie Mei Li? Here's What You Need to Know About the Shadow and Bone Star
Navi Ahluwalia

Everyone's talking about Jessie Mei Li right now, and it's for a good reason. She's the star of Netflix's latest book-to-TV adaptation, Shadow and Bone, which is set for release on April 23. The show is based on a series of Grishaverse novels written by author Leigh Bardugo, and it covers themes like friendship, sexuality, and race. Jessie plays the character of Alina Starkov, a "sun summoner" who is one of the most powerful beings that ever lived.

In a roundtable interview, the actor told POPSUGAR that her lived experience helped to inform her role as Alina. "[Alina] wants to save the world to validate herself as a member of this nation. It really felt true to my life. As a mixed-race person, it's part of who I am. It shaped who I am. It shapes my personality, but it's not everything that I am. I think that's what they've done in this show, and I really, really like that."

Read on to discover all there is to know about Jessie.