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05.15.13

Lucy Liu: I’m Forced Into Asian ‘Box’ as Actress

‘I can’t say there’s no racism—there’s definitely something there that’s not easy.’

Think of some of roles you associate with Lucy Liu? In an interview with Net-a-Porter, even Liu herself admits she has been in that “action” box, despite trying to take roles that aren’t “specifically Asian roles.” “I wish people wouldn’t just see me as the Asian girl who beats everyone up, or the Asian girl with no emotion,” Liu said. “People see Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy, but not me. You add race to it, and it became ‘Well, she’s too Asian’ or ‘She’s too American.’ I kind of got pushed out of both categories. It’s a very strange place to be ... I can’t say there’s no racism—there’s definitely something there that’s not easy, which makes [an acting career] much more difficult.” Liu said her favorite films that she’s made are Lucky Number Slevin and Watching the Detectives, two relatively unknown films that don’t feature her doing “any kind of action or karate kicks.”