Famous Asian American Actresses

For Lucy Liu, it hasn’t been easy being an Asian-American in H’wood  July 21, 2012 – 08:57 am
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LOS ANGELES—Lucy Liu is not intimidated by the prospect of being the first female Watson in “Elementary, ” CBS network’s modern retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes” detective series. The actress plays Dr. Joan Watson, with Jonny Lee Miller as the iconic Sherlock Holmes, in the drama that finds the crime-solving duo in Manhattan.

“I wasn’t daunted because, for me, a lot of times are first times, ” said Lucy, lovely in a sleeveless short dress that was perfect for the warm weather when she sat down with journalists at the Beverly Hilton’s Stardust Lounge terrace. “Being an Asian-American actress is not a particularly easy task. A lot of times we find roadblocks because people are like, ‘She can’t play so and so’s sister, mother or relative. We can’t have her in the family. It would make no sense. We’d have to explain it.’”

The only way

Born in New York to Chinese immigrants, Lucy cited her previous projects as exceptions: “When it comes to, let’s say ‘Charlie’s Angles, ’ or ‘Ally McBeal, it’s easier because you can create something different. A lot of times we look at a role and say, ‘That’s great, but it’s a man’s role.’ We should [change that]… try to think outside the box. That’s the only way to forge ahead.”

We asked Lucy for an update on her experience as an Asian-American actress, especially on television, which does not reflect the true diversity of the American population. For instance, there are still medical dramas that don’t have Asian characters despite the fact that US hospitals are teeming with Asian doctors, nurses and technicians.

“There are struggles [still], ” she admitted. “It’s like finding a place for yourself. It’s harder to represent that on television… because it’s a slow process. Since the time I started, it’s opened quite a bit. Even before Obama was elected, it was like, ‘Oh my God, an African-American President—it’s outrageous.’ Once it’s done, it becomes a bit more easy for people to accept. You have to keep breaking down barriers.”

Lucy, who studied Asian Languages and Culture in college but aspired to be an actress, added: “In general, Asians have much quieter cultures. You don’t see us going out there and screaming. We have a different, quieter way of expressing. We don’t voice our opinions as much as Caucasians or African-Americans do… so our voices are not heard as often. Sometimes we’re disadvantaged because of that.”

Still lucky

But she admitted that she has been “incredibly lucky” in the breaks that have come her way. She stars with Russell Crowe in the China-set film, “The Man with the Iron Fists, ” due out in November. Her recent credits include the TV series “Southland” and “Kung Fu Panda 2, ” where she voiced Viper.

Source: entertainment.inquirer.net


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The finest asian women are so hot it's ridiculous and very few of them have ever been in U.S. tv/movies. the only time you see the really hot ones is when a made-in China movie slips into the US market.
Even their run-of the mill actresses are hot. The most famous American asian actresses are like a 5 compared to the ones in China/Hong Kong.

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