Lucy Liu: 'People See Sandra Bullock In a Romantic Comedy, But Not Me'

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Lucy Liu has been acting for 22 years, and at 44-years-old, the actress has played everything from "Asian girl who beats everyone up" to "Asian girl with no emotion". That's a direct quote from Liu, by the way.

That's not to say that she hasn't had some choice roles that are far from stereotypical — two of her favorites include Lucky Number Slevin and Watching the Detectivesbut she's often had to fight to be seen for parts that aren't all about her ethnicity.

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.


She continues:

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.

As we've talked about before, being an Asian actor can be tough in Hollywood — or in the theater world, for that matter — and it's inspirational to see a powerful figure speak honestly about the very real — and very shitty — challenges.


[Net-A-Porter via XOJane]

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Vagina High Priestess

Not that I'm an actress or anything, but since I'm half Filipino and half Eastern European, I totally know what she's talking about! Being mixed means I very rarely feel like I fit in. I look white to most people, so I think this issue is more in my head, but it's something I've felt since childhood.