Lucy Liu quotes page 1
born December 2, 1968, American actress
I always admired Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk - but I don't know if I'd be a
Being Asian in this business is something you have to consider, because sometimes people
aren't as open. They'll say, I can't see you with a Caucasian person.
I'm so proud of my heritage, but yes, I think there's always a danger when people put you on
a pedestal. Especially when you're just trying to live your life and pursue your dreams. The
intention is not to represent Asian Americans, but to be an Asian American who is working as
an actress. People often confuse the two. When you are representing, you have the burden
of some people projecting their hopes onto you. This can eventually lead to a certain amount
of disappointment. I strive to not deny myself experiences that open up to me. I hope to live
without looking back in regret. If people want to join me on the ride, then I'm happy to have
Nobody really tells me what's going on, and I find out via the trades myself.
Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that's why I don't have a boyfriend.
As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to
question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the
wisest, tell me so. But allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no
subject will ever be taboo. Except, of course, the subject that was just under discussion.
The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is... I
collect your fucking head. Just like this fucker here! Now, if any of you sons of bitches got
anything else to say, now's the fucking time! ... I didn't think so!
Lucy Liu, Kill Bill: Vol. 1
I grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, with no money. I was taught not to take anything for
granted. If you are too busy being a diva or a freak, then you are not enjoying it.
My freckles are always there. I think the lighting blows it out. If we had to cover up the
freckles, I'd be forever with a thick thing of makeup.
I'm short for my height.
Lucy Liu, Lucky Number Slevin
A lot of times people are afraid to get older or tell people how old they are. That's a shame.
In other cultures it's wonderful because you can actually see the legacy that you're leaving
for yourself. For me, I'm not leaving a sex video for a legacy. I'll make many mistakes along
the way but I'll have to understand that wherever you go is a footprint and that's a good
thing to learn. When you're younger, you don't really think so much about that and you
shouldn't. You're living your life and enjoying. That's great but as you get older you want to
make an impact, be an example to live by.
Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with samurai swords.
Lucy Liu, Kill Bill: Vol. 1
I did one movie in Mandarin... I also speak a little Spanish, I'm taking Italian, and I took a
little Japanese and a little French... It opens up your world completely.
You have to look out for becoming trapped in a place where people want to see you all the
time doing one thing.
I do art, and a lot of it has to do with found objects. Sometimes I find glass or wood pieces,
and I make them into collages and things like that.
But now it's time to take the bulletproof vest off. I always thought: "If people think I'm a bitch,
that's fine for Ally McBeal or for chopping people's heads off or whatever." It's easy to let
people believe you are what you represent. But it's harder to show people who you really are.
At first I was afraid of allowing people in who are not close friends and family. But then I
realised that people are always making judgements about what I'm wearing or who I'm with, so
why not allow them to see something that's a real part of me?
I have been known to dumpster-dive; if I see something really fascinating and warped or
distorted, like a piece of metal, I'll jump over and grab it and create something from it.
I think my parents are happy about my career now, but originally I was like, "Why don't you
support whatever I want to do? If I wanted to sell beef on the street why wouldn't you want
to support me?" But it's not about that. Parents never stop being parents, and yet you want
them to be your friends at a certain age and that's just not going to happen.
Don't waste your time doing things you don't want to be doing. That's the one thing I've
learned is to say: "That's not something I would like to do so I think I'm going to have to
pass on that."
We didn't have many traditions in our family. My parents were immigrants coming from China,
and they spoke English haltingly. They both held down full-time jobs, and we were latchkey
children; you're given a key and you take yourself to school. There wasn't time for niceties. It
was about survival. It wasn't about continuing traditions.
You can't afford to get on camera and have no energy because there's an entire crew of
people waiting for you and just because you decided to have a doughnut, you're not focusing
It's like kill or be killed, that's my thing basically.
Get a push, support from someone who believes in you. Sometimes you need a little bit of a
push, I certainly do.
It's a special thing to take time in your life to do something that people wouldn't think that
you would do. I was very tentative to do that.
People malign the Catholic church for sexual abuse and the discrepancies of wealth, but they
just don't know. Or there's the same idea about people being Muslim. If you don't know enough
about it, if it's scary and it's the unknown, it creates that enigmatic quality of distance, of
disconnect, and I think that prevents you seeing someone else. You've already seen them
before you've actually even met them.