The Times podcast: Lucy Liu talks fame, art and standing up for herself

Lucy Liu in a red dress
Actor, artist and activist Lucy Liu reflects on her life and trailblazing career.
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Growing up in Queens, N.Y., Lucy Liu felt like she was from another planet — until she found the arts. But when the fiercely independent daughter of Chinese immigrants set her sights on acting, she was told repeatedly she wouldn’t make it in Hollywood, where opportunities for Asian American talent were scant.


Now she’s a household name.

In this crossover episode with The Times’ “Asian Enough” podcast, the actor talks about how her memorable roles — including Ling Woo on “Ally McBeal” and O-Ren Ishii in the “Kill Bill” movies — helped move the needle on Asian representation in Hollywood. Liu also discusses why she had to stand up to Bill Murray on the set of “Charlie’s Angels” and her feelings about the Destiny’s Child song that name-drops her.

Hosts: Jen Yamato and Tracy Brown

Guest: Lucy Liu

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About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producer Denise Guerra and producers Shannon Lin, Marina Peña and Melissa Kaplan. Our engineer is Mario Diaz. Our editors are Lauren Raab and Shani O. Hilton. Our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen. Special thanks to Heba Elorbany, Asal Ehsanipour, Jen Yamato, Tracy Brown and Mike Heflin.