Lucy Liu at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego
December 2, 1968
Queens, New York, United States
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Occupation||Actress, producer, narrator|
Personal lifeJackson Heights, Queens, New York. In high school, she adopted her middle name "Alexis". She is the youngest of three children born to Cecilia, who worked as a biochemist, and Tom Liu, who was trained as a civil engineer but sold digital clock pens. Her parents worked many jobs when Lucy and her siblings were growing up, morning, noon, and night trying to make ends meet. Both of Liu's parents were immigrants from Taiwan and are of Chinese descent. She has an older brother, John, and an older sister, Jenny. Liu has stated that she grew up in a "diverse" neighborhood. She learned to speak Mandarin Chinese at home and began studying English when she was 5 years old.
Liu attended Joseph Pulitzer Middle School (I.S.145). She graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1986. She enrolled at New York University and transferred to the University of Michigan, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Liu earned a bachelor's degree in Asian languages and cultures. In Michigan, Liu worked as a waitress.
In 2004 Liu was engaged to Zach Helm, whom she had met the year before. She called off the engagement at year's end. In 2005 Liu was dating Will McCormack. She began a relationship with Noam Gottesman in 2010.
1989–99In 1989 Liu auditioned for the University of Michigan's production of Alice in Wonderland during her senior year of college. Although she had originally tried out for only a supporting part, Liu was cast in the lead role. She told The New York Times in 1990 while queuing up to audition for the musical Miss Saigon: "There aren't many Asian roles, and it's very difficult to get your foot in the door". In May 1992, Liu made her New York stage debut in Fairy Bones, directed by Tina Chen.
Liu had small roles in films and TV, marking her debut. She was cast in The X-Files in "Hell Money" and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys in "The March to Freedom" before landing a role on Ally McBeal. Liu originally auditioned for the role of 'Nelle Porter' (played by Portia de Rossi), and the character Ling Woo was later created specifically for her. Liu's part on the series was originally temporary, but high audience ratings secured Liu as a permanent cast member. Additionally, she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In Payback (1999), Liu portrayed Pearl, a high-class BDSM prostitute with links to the Chinese mafia.
2000–06Liu was cast as Alex Munday in the Charlie's Angels film with Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. The film opened in November 2000 and was a hit, earning more than $125 million in the United States. Charlie's Angels earned a worldwide total of more than $264 million. The sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, opened in June 2003 and was also ranked highly, earning more than $100 million in the U.S. and a worldwide total of more than $259 million. In contrast, Liu starred with Antonio Banderas in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, a critical and box office failure.
In 2000 she hosted Saturday Night Live with Jay-Z. Liu starred as lawyer Grace Chin on Ugly Betty in the episodes "Derailed" and "Icing on the Cake." In a 2001 episode of Sex and the City entitled "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda" she guest starred as herself, playing a new client of character Samantha Jones who does public relations. She starred in the Sex and the City-inspired TV show, Cashmere Mafia on ABC. Liu also made a cameo appearance on the animated shows Futurama (as herself and/or robot duplicates thereof in the episodes "I Dated a Robot" and "Love and Rocket") and The Simpsons (on the season 16 episode "Goo Goo Gai Pan").
In 2002 Liu played Rita Foster in Vincenzo Natali's Brainstorm (aka Cypher). Soon thereafter, she appeared as O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film, Kill Bill. She won an MTV Award for "Best Movie Villain" for the part. Subsequently, Liu appeared on several episodes of Joey with Matt LeBlanc, who played her love interest in the Charlie's Angels films. She also had minor roles as Kitty Baxter in the film Chicago and as a psychologist opposite Keira Knightley in the thriller Domino.
In Lucky Number Slevin, she played the leading love interest to Josh Hartnett. 3 Needles was released on December 1, 2006. Liu portrayed Jin Ping, an HIV-positive Chinese woman.
2007–presentIn 2007, Liu appeared in Code Name: The Cleaner, Rise, a supernatural thriller co-starring Michael Chiklis in which Liu plays an undead reporter (for which she was ranked number 41 on "Top 50 Sexiest Vampires"), and Watching the Detectives, an independent romantic comedy co-starring Cillian Murphy. She made her producer debut and also starred in a remake of Charlie Chan, which had been planned as early as 2000.
In 2007 Empire named Liu number 96 of their "100 Sexiest Movie Stars." The producers of Dirty Sexy Money created a role for Liu as a series regular. Liu played Nola Lyons, a powerful attorney who faced Nick George (Peter Krause). Liu voiced Silvermist in Disney Fairies and Viper in Kung Fu Panda.
In March 2010, Liu made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage as Annette on the second replacement cast alongside Jeff Daniels, Janet McTeer, and Dylan Baker. In March 2012, she was cast as Joan Watson for Elementary. Elementary is an American Sherlock Holmes adaption, and the role Liu was offered is traditionally played by men. She also has played police officer Jessica Tang on Southland, a television show focusing on the lives of police officers and detectives in Los Angeles as a recurring guest actor during the fourth season. She received the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Guest Actress for this role.
In August 2011, Liu became a narrator for the musical group The Bullitts.
Activismcollage, paintings, and photography. She began doing collage mixed media when she was 16 years old, and became a photographer and painter. In September 2006, Liu held an art show and donated her share of the profits to UNICEF. She also had another show in 2008 in Munich. Liu has stated that she donated her share of the profits to UNICEF.
In 2001 Liu was the spokesman for the Lee National Denim Day fundraiser, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education. In 2005 Liu was appointed an ambassador for U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She traveled to Pakistan and Lesotho, among several other countries. She also hosted an MTV documentary, Traffic, for the MTV EXIT campaign in 2007. Liu produced Traffic to raise awareness of human trafficking in Asia. Early in 2006, Liu received an "Asian Excellence Award" for Visibility. Liu is a supporter of marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and she became a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign in 2011.. She has teamed up with Heinz to combat the widespread global health threat of iron deficiency anemia and vitamin and mineral malnutrition among infants and children in the developing world.
Television guest appearances
|1991||Beverly Hills 90210||Courtney||"Pass/Not Pass" (Season 2, Episode 6)|
|1993||L.A. Law||Mai Lin||"Foreign Co-Respondent" (Season 8, Episode 4)|
|1994||Coach||Nicole Wong||(Season 7, Episode 2 & 11)|
|1994||Hotel Malibu||Co-Worker||"Do Not Disturb" (Season 1, Episode 2)|
|1995||Home Improvement||Women #3||"Bachelor Of The Year" (Season 4, Episode 16)|
|1995||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Oi-Lan||"The March to Freedom" (Season 1, Episode 8)|
|1995||ER||Mei-Sun Leow||(Season 2, Episode 3, 4 & 5)|
|1996||Nash Bridges||Joy Powell||(Season 1, Episode 1)|
|1996||The X Files||Kim Hsin||(Season 3, Episode 19)|
|1996||High Incident||Officer Whin||(Season 1, Episode 6 & 7)|
|1997||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Melana (voice)||(Season 2, Episode 19 & 24)|
|1997||Michael Hayes||Alice Woo||"Slaves" (Season 8, Episode 21)|
|1997||Dellaventura||Yuling Chong||"Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 2)|
|1997||NYPD Blue||Amy Chu||"A Wrenching Experience" (Season 4, Episode 17)|
|2000||MADtv||Herself||(Season 6, Episode 6)|
|2000||Saturday Night Live||Herself – Host||(Season 26, Episode 9)|
|2001||Sex and the City||Herself||"Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda" (Season 4, Episode 11)|
|2002||King of the Hill||Tid-Pao (voice)||"Bad Girls, Bad Girls Whatcha Gonna Do" (Season 7, Episode 3)|
|2001–02||Futurama||Herself (voice)||(Season 3, Episode 15 & Season 4, Episode 4)|
|2004||Jackie Chan Adventures||Adult Jade (voice)||(Season 4, Episode 11)|
|2004–05||Joey||Lauren Beck||(Season 1, Episode 12, 13 & 14)|
|2005||The Simpsons||Madam Wu (voice)||"Goo Goo Gai Pan" (Season 16, Episode 12)|
|2005||Clifford's Puppy Days||Teacup & Mrs. Glen (voice)||"Adopt-A-Pup / Jokes on You" (Season 1, Episode 23)|
|2007||Ugly Betty||Grace Chin||"Derailed" (Season 1, Episode 16)
"Icing on the Cake" (Season 1, Episode 17)
|2010||Ni Hao, Kai-Lan||Bear Queen (voice)||"Princess Kai-lan" (Season 2, Episode 19)|
|2006||Freedom's Fury||Co-executive producer||Documentary|
|2007||Code Name: The Cleaner||Co-executive producer|
|2001||SSX Tricky||Elise Riggs|
|2012||Sleeping Dogs||Vivienne Lu|
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- Frontline Newsletter. Fall 2001. "Actress Lucy Liu (Ling Woo—TV’s Ally McBeal), served as spokesman for the 2001 Lee National Denim Day®, the world’s largest single-day fundraiser for breast cancer. The one-day event was not just about raising funds, though—it was also about raising awareness."
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- Lucy Liu (2007-11-26). Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special presented by Lucy Liu—Part 1. Hulu. Event occurs at 1:11. Retrieved 2012-7-18. "MTV EXIT Documentary presented by Lucy Liu to raise awareness of human trafficking. Log on to www.mtvexit.org for more information. This program is produced rights-free and can be used by any broadcaster, website, organisation, or individual."
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