The typical image of a cosplayer is a young teen or college kid who scrounges up money and takes time between classes to craft their costumes and visit conventions. Meet Steven and Millie Tani, the older couple who discovered cosplay after retirement. Inspired by their own cosplaying daughter, the two frequently travel around their home state of California for conventions and other dress up events.
Steven and Millie first soared into the hobby when they dressed up as Carl and Ellie, the couple we watch grow older and give up on their aviating dreams,in the opening sequence from the Pixar movie Up, for a Disney Halloween gathering in 2014.
How it all started. Our first cosplay for the "Mickey's Halloween Party" events at the Disneyland Resort , October 2014
The experience catapulted them into something larger. The couple recounted, “Since we sort of look like Carl and Ellie we decided to try our hand with something simple. We got a marvelous reaction from guests … and thus began our cosplaying career.”
Steven and Millie confessed that they were nervous about breaking into cosplaying, but that the experience has been positive.
We are both basically very shy and introverted individuals, so when people started to ask to take pictures of us in our cosplays, we were first taken aback at the attention we were getting. We [also] weren’t sure how people would react to us as an older Asian couple … but many have welcomed us and … we are feeling more comfortable and have gained more new friends.
Other awesome cosplays include Superman and Supergirl, Woody and Bo Peep from Toy Story, Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter from Captain America, and Wonder Woman with Steve Trevor.
Couldn't find a phone booth,so used a TARDIS instead. NerdBot Con 9/30/17. Clark Kent (Superman) and Kara Danvers (Supergirl) cosplay.
Disney bounding as Woody and Bo Peep (with my Indiana Jones hat). Bo Peep cosplay apron and bonnet sewed by Bo Peep!
"Our Steve Rogers Captain America & Peggy Carter from the “First Avenger” movie seems to be the most favorite cosplay,…
Saturday only for Long Beach Comic Con. Wonder Woman & Steve Trevor
Millie sews most of their outfits, while certain accessories and props are obtained at thrift shops or ordered via Etsy and Ebay. Millie refers to herself as “an average seamstress who can do simple outfits.”
In an email interview with Mashable, the couple said they’re planning to “continue with this cosplay adventure while our health holds up.”
Despite their introverted nature, the two admitted: “We don’t want to sit around in rocking chairs, as we want to enjoy our golden years and live life to the fullest.”
The only secret they wouldn’t share are their ages.
Regarding their future with the pastime, the senior sweethearts said, “It’s almost a 24/7 labour of love coming up with new cosplays, so hopefully we can squeeze in another 10 years.”
You can view more of their inspiring cosplays on their official Facebook page @CosplayParents.