'Elementary' Star Lucy Liu: “I Can Easily Be Enticed Into Some Terrible Relationship"
You've seen her kick ass in films like Kill Bill and Charlie's Angels and now Lucy Liu shows softer side in a new interview with Michigan Avenue Magazine, which she graces the cover of this month.
The Elementary star opens up about relationships, how boys never liked her growing up, and how she was bald as a child — yes bald!
On her appearance growing up
“I grew up as a tomboy, and if you’ve seen photographs of me as a child, you
see my mother cut all of my hair off. I had no hair: Picture Sinéad O’Connor
with a two-week grow-out. I was not considered feminine at all, and boys did
not look at me. I was a toothpick.”
On not looking at herself as a feminine person
“I’ll show you pictures, and you’ll see I’m not lying. I never looked at
myself as a feminine person. My thing was, “I’m going to be casual and be
able to talk to people because I’m hanging out with the guys.” In college, I
suddenly felt like I under¬stood more about myself and started making
choices on my own. I started doing things that I wanted to do and
understanding what my place was in the world, and I think part of that was
also embracing myself as a woman. I was smart, I could hang with the guys—I
could fall into my own niche category.... But I find that if somebody finds
me beautiful, it melts my heart because it’s not something I heard most of
the time growing up ever.”
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On terrible relationships
“I can easily be enticed into some terrible relationship because I’m like,
“Oh, my God, you think I’m beautiful?” You know what I mean? And my friends
are like, “Why did you date that ******* for so long?” I’m like, “Oh, God.”
On what working with Quentin Tarantino taught her
“To really be able to listen. When I first met him, we went to Toi, this
rock ’n’ roll Thai restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. We sat down at the
table, and he started describing the character of O-Ren Ishii from Kill
Bill, acting out all the parts, the fake laughs, the sound effects... If
somebody is that excited to tell you something, it really is incredible how
much you can learn from him or her. You can’t replicate that kind of
On her career and what it means to be an actor
“Number one, you really have to risk everything—you have to take chances and
take on projects that are pretty diverse. Just because you do film, don’t
limit yourself… The more flexible you are, the more the longevity of your
career is going to sustain itself. That’s what actors want. We don’t want to
blow up for two years or five years and then be done.”
Michigan Avenue Magazine is currently on newsstands.
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