Lucy Liu

BirthDay:

02 Dec 1968

BirthPlace:

Queens, New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Lucy Alexis Liu

Bio:

Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. Once relegated to "ethnic" parts, the energetic actress is finally earning her stripes as an across-the-board leading lady.

Liu graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1986 and enrolled in New York University; discouraged by the "dark and sarcastic" atmosphere of NYU, however, she transferred to the University of Michigan after her freshman year. She graduated from UM with a degree in Chinese Language and Culture, managing to squeeze in some additional training in dance, voice, fine arts, and acting. During her senior year, Liu auditioned for a small part in a production of Alice in Wonderland and walked away with the lead; encouraged by the experience, she decided to take the plunge into professional acting. She moved to Los Angeles and split her time between auditions and food service day jobs, eventually scoring a guest appearance as a waitress on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990). That performance led to more walk-on parts in shows like NYPD Blue (1993), ER (1994), and The X-Files (1993). In 1996, she was cast as an ambitious college student on Rhea Perlman's ephemeral sitcom Pearl (1996).

Liu first appeared on the big screen as an ex-girlfriend in Jerry Maguire (1996) (she had previously filmed a scene in the indie Bang (1995), but it was shelved for two years). She then waded through a series of supporting parts in small films before landing her big break on Ally McBeal (1997). Liu initially auditioned for the role of Nelle Porter, which went to Portia de Rossi, but writer-producer David E. Kelley was so impressed with her that he promised to write a part for her in an upcoming episode. The part turned out to be that of growling, ill-tempered lawyer Ling Woo, which Liu filled with such aplomb that she was signed on as a regular cast member.

The "Ally" win gave Liu's film career a much-needed boost--in 1999, she was cast as a dominatrix in the Mel Gibson action flick Payback (1999), and as a hitchhiker in the ill-received boxing saga Play It to the Bone (1999). The next year brought even larger roles: first as the kidnapped Princess Pei Pei in Jackie Chan's western Shanghai Noon (2000), then as one-third of the comely crime-fighting trio in Charlie's Angels (2000).

When she's not hissing at clients or throwing well-coiffed punches, Liu keeps busy with an eclectic mix of off-screen hobbies. She practices the martial art of Kali-Eskrima-Silat (knife-and-stick fighting), skis, rock climbs, rides horses, and plays the accordion. In 1993 she exhibited a collection of multimedia art pieces at the Cast Iron Gallery in SoHo (New York), after which she won a grant to study and create art in China. Her hectic schedule doesn't leave much time for romantic intrigue, but Liu says she prefers to keep that side of her life uncluttered.
Filmography

Actor ( 125 credits )

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Viper (voice) (rumored)
The Pirate Fairy (2014) Silvermist (voice)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Herself - Elementary (1 episode, 2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
The Meredith Vieira Show (2014)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) Lady Sagami (voice)
The No Name Painting Association (2013) Zheng Ziyan (voice)
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) Madam Blossom
Secret of the Wings (2012) Silvermist (voice)
Elementary (2012)  Dr. Joan Watson (48 episodes, 2012-2014)
Girls (2012)  Detective Mosedale (1 episode, 2016)
CBS This Morning (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011) Life Coach
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Viper (voice)
The Trouble with Bliss (2011) Andrea
Detachment (2011) Dr. Doris Parker
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011)  Viper (41 episodes, 2011-2014)
NerdHQ (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Nómadas (2010) Susan
The Talk (2010)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Metacafe Unfiltered (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009) Silvermist (voice)
Redlight (2009) Herself - Narrator (voice)
Southland (2009)  Officer Jessica Tang (10 episodes, 2012)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Herself / ... (4 episodes, 2010-2013)
Watch What Happens: Live (2009)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Kung Fu Panda (2008) Viper (voice)
The Year of Getting to Know Us (2008) Anne
Cashmere Mafia (2008)  Mia Mason (7 episodes, 2008)
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Watching the Detectives (2007) Violet
Rise: Blood Hunter (2007) Sadie Blake
Code Name: The Cleaner (2007) Gina
Dirty Sexy Money (2007)  Nola Lyons (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Herself - Guest (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Lucky Number Slevin (2006) Lindsey
Ugly Betty (2006)  Grace Chin (2 episodes, 2007)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
3 Needles (2005) Jin Ping, the Blood Smuggler
Domino (2005) Taryn Mills
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2010-2013)
DeLuxe (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
My Date with Drew (2004) Herself (uncredited)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) O-Ren Ishii
Joey (2004)  Lauren Beck (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Maya & Miguel (2004)  Maggie Lee (9 episodes, 2004)
Game Over (2004)  Raquel Smashenburn (unknown episodes)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
TV Land's Top Ten (2004) (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) O-Ren Ishii
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) Alex Munday
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2008)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Herself (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
I Love the '70s (2003)  Herself (unknown episodes)
Cypher (2002) Rita Foster
Chicago (2002) Kitty Baxter
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) Sever
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Bo' Selecta! (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Player$ (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
HypaSpace (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Cinetipp (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Hotel (2001) Kawika
Rank (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Matthew's Best Hit TV (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Charlie's Angels (2000) Alex Munday
Shanghai Noon (2000) Princess Pei Pei
Jackie Chan Adventures (2000)  Adult Jade (1 episode, 2004)
Flypaper (1999) Dot (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
Play It to the Bone (1999) Lia
Molly (1999) Brenda
The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999) The Female's Friend (Lydia)
True Crime (1999) Toy Shop Girl (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
Payback (1999) Pearl (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
Futurama (1999)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
VH-1 Behind the Movie (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Love Kills (1998) Kashi
Sex and the City (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2001)
Fox and Friends (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
City of Industry (1997) Cathi Rose (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
Gridlock'd (1997) Cee-Cee (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
King of the Hill (1997)  Tid Pao (1 episode, 2002)
Ally McBeal (1997)  Ling Woo (73 episodes, 1998-2002)
The View (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Michael Hayes (1997)  Alice Woo (1 episode, 1997)
Dellaventura (1997)  Yuling Chong (1 episode, 1997)
Guy (1996) Woman at Newstand (as Lucy Lui)
Jerry Maguire (1996) Former Girlfriend (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
Nash Bridges (1996)  Joy Powell (1 episode, 1996)
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996)  Melana (2 episodes, 1997)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
High Incident (1996)  Officer Whin (2 episodes, 1996)
Pearl (1996)  Amy Li (22 episodes, 1996-1997)
Bang (1995) Hooker (as Lucy Lui)
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995)  Oi-Lan (1 episode, 1995)
MADtv (1995)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones (1995)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Hotel Malibu (1994)  Co-Worker (1 episode, 1994)
ER (1994)  Mei-Sun Leow (3 episodes, 1995)
The X-Files (1993)  Kim Hsin (1 episode, 1996)
NYPD Blue (1993)  Amy Chu (1 episode, 1997)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2014)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (5 episodes, 2003-2006)
Protozoa (1993) Ari
Rhythm of Destiny (1992) Donna (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself (4 episodes, 2000-2008)
Getaway (1992)  Herself - Celebrity Traveller (1 episode, 2006)
Home Improvement (1991)  Woman #3 (1 episode, 1995)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)  Courtney (1 episode, 1991)
Nulle part ailleurs (1990)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
The Simpsons (1989)  Madam Wu (1 episode, 2005)
Coach (1989)  Nicole Wong (2 episodes, 1994)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself / ... (7 episodes, 2006-2014)
Biography (1987)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
L.A. Law (1986)  Mai Lin (1 episode, 1993)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
American Masters (1985) (1 episode, 2009)
Larry King Live (1985)  Herself (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (8 episodes, 2007-2013)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Binaca / ... (1 episode, 2000)
Future World (0) The Queen

Producer ( 3 credits )

Redlight (2009) producer
Code Name: The Cleaner (2007) executive producer
Freedom's Fury (2006) executive producer

Director ( 3 credits )

Graceland (2013) (1 episode, 2015)
Elementary (2012) (1 episode, 2014)
Meena (2011)