Lucy Liu’s not “just the Asian girl who beats everyone up” in Net-A-Porter’s The Edit
The latest issue of Net-A-Porter’s digital mag, The Edit features Elementary star Lucy Liu and all of her fierceness speaking on defying her parents with her career choice, battling Asian stereotypes, love being a “question mark,” and so much more.
Photographed by Mariano Vivanco, the 44-year-old beauty serves up some dramatic elegance in Spring/Summer 2013 selections from Gucci, Maison Martin Margiela, Lanvin, and Hervé Léger chosen by stylist by Tracy Taylor.
Check out photos from the shoot below, along with snippets from her interview.
On not getting her parents’ support to pursue acting:
“They wanted me to have a nine-to-five job with a title…
After their struggle, they just really wanted to see me struggle in a different way, in a more obvious way, maybe something they could understand – she’s at college struggling, but then she will be a banker or a doctor. They understood that.”
On racial stereotypes in Hollywood:
“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 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. You’re not Asian enough and then you’re not American enough, so it gets really frustrating.[I 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.”