INT: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu was just as I expected her to be. Bubbly, vibrant and of course beautiful!! Shes a little fireball and you just cant help but be drawn to her giggly personality. She is definitely the kind of girl I could see myself hanging with and having a blast with! Lius career exploded when she starred in the blockbuster films, CHARLIES ANGELS and KILL BILL. Suffice to say she does an excellent job of kicking ass in both roles, but I still favor her memorable performance as Ling Woo on "Ally McBeal".
In the upcoming film LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, she takes on an almost comedic role of the curious and adorable neighbor, who rambles on and on. Liu and Hartnett have apparent chemistry and it shines through in the film. While I was contemplating a way of asking Liu to have a few martinis with me without giving her the wrong impression, check out what she had to say.
I saw 3 Needles the other night. Can you talk about it?
You did? When? Where? Oh sure. My character is basically buying blood and the whole movie revolves around HIV & AIDS and the issue and there not sterilizing them. Theyre placing them back & people have been using the same needles and you sort of realize that properly these needles are everywhere and shipped out & who knows what. Its sort of cyclical so its really an interesting story. Its important. I mean they made it for 2 million dollars and its shot so well. Im very proud of that movie. Im so glad you brought it up.
At one point, Chinese authorities find you and put you in the back of a truck.
Yeah. Well she sort of bargains. She bargains for that.
Well, youre pregnant.
Im pregnant but who cares! Seemingly more attractive when pregnant!
How did you get involved in this movie LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN?
I met Jason Smilovic the writer for another project and I had read this script and after we met we sort of got along like a house on fire. Then after that he called and said, actually we got an offer would you be interested in being attached to this movie and I was like sure, and at the time, the role was more minimal and once the movie actually got green lighted and Josh came on board and Paul came in board it became sort of snowballed into something and then he started writing for all the people that came on board. Bruce came on board then sir Ben and then Morgan and then the character.
He said there are some changes and I looked at the script and there were monologues! And I went, what do you mean like changes. These are like major changes. The character has developed into this incredible colorful dynamic woman so I was like, I better start learning lines now! You know, before she would like run in and leave. And now she came in and shed speak a lot and then shed run out you know so that was part of her. I think he has a really good rhythm for all the different characters. Every character has a different energy and a different way they speak and to me its very musical.
How would you describe her?
She doesnt have any punctuation in her sentences and I dont think she has any judgment. She doesnt think that people judge her. She comes in and she does her thing and she leaves. Shes not very insecure like that. Maybe shes a little shy about relationships but even then shell ask the person out. She doesnt have any problems. Even if the person said no, shed be fine with it, you know. For example when she comes in and tells him that hes been set up and hes gotta get out of town theres a moment where its revealed that shes a coroner and shes like. Theres a moment of levity and lightness because shes really like hey, thats my personal life but hey youre gonna get killed so anyway lets get out of here. But thats just who she is. She kind of bounces back and forth so theres a really good energy about her that I found really attractive.
Are you similar to her in any way?
I dont want to say. I try to just do. You know when you get to know somebody too well you get to see all the time. If I see this person in tabloids I dont need to go and see them in movies you know. But for me I just like to stay out of the limelight that way.
Do you want to be mysterious?
I dont want to be mysterious. But if people go youre such a bitch in that movie, I just go great, fine, whatever. What are you gonna do. If thats what you think of the character then thats fine, you know. Thats your opinion .
But you speak with punctuation.
And you said shy. She seems to be excited seeing Josh walking around in a towel.
She totally has a crush on him. I mean she meets him and immediately shes shocked because shes expecting her friend, her neighbour. You know when you meet somebody and you have a crush on them. I mean she probably talks a lot anyway but I think she talks even more when shes around him.
Did you play the character exactly as it was written or did you shape her as you went along?
The dialogue is exactly as its written. Theres no improvisation. The movement and all that is because Paul came along and said we have this big set; we want you to use it so I went all right. So they ended up moving the entire set. They let the camera just move with us, which was just great.
How did you prepare for the love scenes with Josh?
There was no preparation. You just sort of show up and you shoot it. I mean you cant really prepare for that, you know what I mean.
Did you just jump into bed and say, hello, heres a breath mint?
Um, I dont know. By that time we were very comfortable with each other and it wasnt like a big deal do you know what I mean. I think sometimes people start love scenes in the movie earlier on just in case you know you dont end up getting along with the person and by that stage you like hate each other, but we didnt have that problem. We were really comfortable with one another.
Did you hang out off set?
Yeah. I went to his place with the guys and we watched movies and things like that.
Were you watching film noirs?
No. What we saw after we watched the movie was sisco Friday. Id seen it already but I was like oh my god. Our relationship is this movie and I was like, I know crazy. But you know. Its different from theatre. In theatre you get on stage and two hours later youre done and you find performances within the performance but I think in film you dont want to over rehearse it because it just becomes not spontaneous and theres a certain energy thats lot. Especially if its, its not like theyd been sleeping together very much. She met him and then she was in bed with him.
Was this a conscious decision to do a role that was different?
I think what I would like
to do is just work with people that I enjoy working with and I think the
most important thing is to work with people that I enjoy working with and to
work on projects that you feel like you can bring something special to it
and to me, thats more vital than being a lead. Like with
And if there is a great role and director, fantastic but if its a great director and you dont know what you can do to bring that role to life then you have to say, and Ive said that before, I would love to work with you but I dont think I can bring something special to this role, do you know what I mean? I dont see it on the paper. If its gonna be shot that way, I dont want to come into something and not be able to bring something to it. You may as well find someone who can actually do that. I dont think you should work just for the sake of work. I mean sometimes its good because you can just get moving but you know. I did episodes of Joey because matt Leblanc came on and did a huge thing for us for Charlies angels in his crazy schedule. And it was really fun working on that and I love doing stuff in front of an audience so you know, that was kind of a no-brainer for me. Theres not like a whole plan behind what Im doing.
Are you surprised at how well your career is going?
You dont have a big TV series boosting your name recognition? But I have done a lot of television before and I feel like that has been incredibly helpful just for recognition. People are more willing to put you in a movie if they feel like you have name value and sometimes that helps and sometimes that hurts because you just cant have enough name value but at the same time certain things happen for a certain reason. If you dont get a role or if things dont work out the way you think they are gonna work out maybe it pushes you in a different direction.
People always say what movie would you of done if you could of done it and Im like, well that person has already done it. I cant possibly do anything else to it, you know what I mean. I think its different when you do theatre because you can bring something to it. Its a different performance. Different directors. Different times. But for movies and for film I dont try and predict where things are going but Ive had really great opportunities to work with really great people and its turned out well. Its not like I wouldnt do another action movie thats great and its interesting to me to do things that are different to you know. But I dont always think you should do one thing. One of the things that I have that have been popular is action films. Other things havent been as popular so people dont really see them but I know that Ive done them.
I did read that after you made Charlie's Angels that you wanted to do some more serious roles.
I didnt say more serious roles because it was fun doing that but I did say well you know, I was saying to those guys in the other room, if you do something really well then they want to keep seeing you do it. They want Paul (dir) to keep doing gangster movies and I think Paul doesnt want to keep doing gangster movies. He happened to do a great job on that one and other things hes done. Hes really got a romantic heart & wants to do love stories and I told him that I think Slevin is a love story between sir Ben and Morgan and Josh and I and Josh and Bruce and to me thats how I saw it and how I ended up playing it but to me I dont. If youre too good at something people want to keep seeing that on screen. Then the battle becomes getting people to see you in something different Well for me, its not about a battle. I think for the team of people I work with properly. But for me they know what Im capable of and what I can do so once I get in the room and we shoot thats just what I bring you know.
Did you have a lot of fun on set working with the all-star crew?
I did. I mainly worked with Josh because most of my scenes were with him. But I came on set, I sat on the sidelines and just watched sir Ben & Josh do their scenes because they were just so incredible. I mean I wish I had more with Morgan and all those guys but theyre in the movie and thats a lot
Its a pretty male dominated set. Did u miss the female camaraderie? How was it hanging out with the guys on and off set?
Um. There were so many women in the crew that I didnt really think about it. Because people were like, youre the only one that was a female in the movie, and I was like Was I? To me there was so much energy that was feminine there and so I didnt think that much about it and there just happened to be a lot of producers that were male but some of them are such girls anyway that I didnt think that they were actually all male energy!
What would you say was the biggest break youve had so far in your career?
In my career, I think Ally
McBeal. I think that was the cross over because television reaches everyone.
Cause if I like go to
Do you miss Ally McBeal?
I miss it but I see the
people still. Like I was in
Do you see an Ally McBeal re-union movie coming out in a few years?
I dont think so. I mean if there was an Ally McBeal reunion movie I dont know if anyone would buy the ticket. Because its like something you have in your living room and you have in your home. And you watch it in your pajamas and your take out food.
What about Charlies Angels would you do another one?
I would love to do another one. That would be so much fun. I dont know whats happening with that. Its not like I have the say, to say, I want to do this movie, cause theres so much production value in that you know. Unless we decide to do an indie Charlies Angels!
Do you keep in contact with Drew & Cameron?
Yeah. I see them a lot.
Do you have a favourite summer food & why?
Sushi. I actually eat it all the time because its light and sometimes I can just run into some place that has taken out or its pre-packaged. You know its finger food. So its easy. And Im not a huge soy sauce person. Lots of people ask, do you want soy sauce, do you want soy sauce. Im like. I¹ll tell you something. Asian people don¹t actually use soy sauce a lot. White people do. They just put it in their rice. They put it everywhere. They treat it like ketchup! Im like, you dont really see Asian people using soy sauce, just so you know, but you can put it all up in there if you want! So its not that messy for me because I dont dip the pieces in the soy sauce.
As an Asian American actress, this role in lucky number Slevin could have been played by anyone. Do you call that colour-blind casting do you find that you are not type cast into any one type of role?
I think it varies. I mean I think Ive had the opportunity to go to hello kitty and Ally McBeal and Charlie's Angels. Like I had gone to David and I said because originally I wasnt going to be able to work out in the schedule because it was a difficult schedule and I said you know can I speak to David.
Kelly. And I went up to him
and I said this is not Shakespeare but it represents something much bigger
than that. It represents
They just say, youre in Charlies Angels. And thats so nice because you are now part of all the kids around. They know thats the given. Just like in geometry. Theres a given and theres a proof and they dont need to prove anything. It is what it is and that for me makes me feel good because I know growing up for me I did not have that. I didnt know that it could be. You see what it is and your parents are all that you have, you accept what it is. You dont go and change that mould.
Do you have any health & beauty tips you can share with us?
Drink a lot of water & do pilates.
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