Movado brand ambassador and International Emmy nominee Sun Li revealed on Monday during a women and entrepreneurship conference that she and Jack Ma have been “online friends” for more than 4 years. The two met in person for the first time on the conference hosted by Alibaba Group.

The actress told the public that their first online interaction started when she wanted to audit classes at Hupan College, the school for entrepreneurship established by Ma and other heavy-weights. “I left him a message on social media and he replied, ‘Are you serious?’” she said.

The Chinese business tycoon made her go through formal interviews and she eventually received the permission to audit.