Poor thang! Lucy Liu is finally speaking up about racism she’s experience in Hollyweird.
Excerpts from her interview with Net-A-Porter below:
On Her Romantic Life:
Liu has been linked to various men over the years (most recently, in 2010, she was said to be dating billionaire financier Noam Gottesman), but currently her relationship status seems a little foggy, even to the actress. “It’s a mixed bag right now,” she laughs. “It’s a giant question mark for me, as well. I wish I could answer – I wish I knew the answer myself!” In the past she has talked of wanting kids, but says: “It just hasn’t happened yet,” adding that she might do it alone at some point.
On Racism in Hollywood:
Liu is proud of her achievements, but admits she gets annoyed when people can’t – or won’t – think of her outside of that “action” box: “I wish people wouldn’t just see me as the Asian girl who beats everyone up, or the Asian girl with no emotion. People see Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy, but not me. You add raceto 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. You’re not Asian enough and then you’re not American enough, so it gets really frustrating.”
Liu’s wary of playing the racism card, but admits that she had to “push a lot just to get in the room”. “I can’t say that there is no racism – there’s definitely something there that’s not easy, which makes [an acting career] much more difficult.”
On Her Career:
Ask her to reflect on her favorite roles and her answer is Lucky Number Slevin and Watching The Detectives, two movies she admits “not many people” have seen. “Both are special to me because I didn’t have to do any kind of action or karate kicks. It was just about the acting, and I was able to stretch my muscles in them,” she smiles. “Well, figuratively, anyway.”
She’s definitely been typecast. What kind of role would you like to see Lucy Liu play? Do you think Asians have it just as hard as Blacks in this business?