Lucy Liu on being a trailblazer in Hollywood: 'I never saw a ceiling'
Lucy Liu revealed her take on Asian representation in Hollywood and her support for “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (“EEAAO”) in a new interview published on Thursday.
Liu — who is known for her iconic roles in “Charlie’s Angels,” “Kill Bill” and “Kung Fu Panda” — spoke about her role as an "underdog" in the entertainment industry with People.
“I’ve always had to fight for roles,” the 54-year-old actor confessed. “I‘ve always had to go in against all odds.”
To me, the world was always so open and I never saw a ceiling. And I felt like that was something that a lot of people unfortunately hit quite a bit, but it didn’t deter me. To me it was just a bump in the road and I just did not have a limit. I felt like the world was limitless and I was going to continue on and there was nothing that was going to stop me.
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Liu, who is often credited for helping to pave the way for Asian American actors in Hollywood, also commented on being considered a pioneer in her field of work.
“I feel a great sense of pride that something that I loved doing has helped them realize that it’s possible for them,” Liu expressed. “I’m glad that I have had some impact in a positive way.”
When asked about the Oscar-nominated “EEAAO,” Liu revealed to People that she is “1,000 percent” cheering on the breakthrough film.
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"I love that it was done as an independent film and that is has had so much success, because those are the ones that you root for — the underdog … And [the “EEAAO” filmmakers] were doing something out of love and passion," she said.
However, Liu doesn’t simply see the heavily awarded film as a culmination of increased Asian representation in the entertainment industry.
I think it’s the beginning. I understand that a lot of places have a check box and they have to meet a certain percentage, and sometimes that has to happen before it becomes the norm. So I still think we have a long way to go, but it is creating a space and hopefully some sense of normalcy to see that as it activates itself in hopefully a more natural way.
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Fans can look forward to seeing Liu in her upcoming film “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” set to release on March 17.
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