Lucy Liu says she was Hollywood’s ‘black sheep’ while fighting for auditions against a ‘room full of women who didn’t look like her’
Lucy Liu discussed how she used her differences to stand out in her early days in Hollywood.
To talk with The Sydney Morning Herald, the American actress called herself a “black sheep,” as she recalled that a friend of hers would have an average of ten auditions per day, compared to her meager three or four auditions per month.
Revealing that she was usually in an audition hall with women who did not look like her, the 51-year-old explained that she realized she had ‘nothing to lose because she [casting directors] were not necessarily looking for her. ‘
‘I was the black sheep’: Lucy Liu, 51, discussed how she used her differences to stand out during her early days in Hollywood [Pictured at New York Fashion Week in February]
After taking on the lead role in her college production of Alice in Wonderland during her senior year at the University of Michigan, Lucy decided to pursue a career in Hollywood.
However, the star – who is of Taiwanese descent – admitted that when she arrived in Los Angeles, she was “too naive and didn’t know what to expect or what I would be dealing with.”
After noticing the discrepancy in auditions compared to her boyfriend, she found herself in some auditions where she may have thought, ‘I don’t even understand why I’m here, but I’m going to go all out.
“I think if you’re a bit of the black sheep, you actually have nothing to lose because they aren’t necessarily looking for you. So you might as well go for it! ‘
Differences: The actress recalled that a friend of hers would have an average of ten auditions per day, compared to her meager three or four auditions per month [Pictured 1999 during the premiere of Man On The Moon in Hollywood]
Go for it: Lucy revealed that she usually sat in an audition hall with women who didn’t look like her, explaining that she realized she had “ nothing to lose because she [casting directors] weren’t necessarily looking for her ‘ [Pictured 1998]
Lucy became a big success story, starting with roles like ER and Ally McBeal.
The talented beauty then saw huge success in the 2000 movie Charlie’s Angels starring Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz.
Lucy was last seen in the TV series Why Women Kill, where she plays the wealthy Simone, whose seemingly perfect marriage is turned upside down after discovering that her husband cheated on her with a man.
She learned quickly! However, the star, who is of Taiwanese descent, admitted that when she arrived in LA, she was “too naive and didn’t know what to expect or what I would be dealing with.” [Pictured at the 1999 Emmy Awards]
The series describes – which premiered last year – three different relationships from the 1960s, 1980s and 2018, all of which have been influenced by the presence of infidelity.
Ginnifer Goodwin plays a sixties housewife, while Kirby Howell-Baptiste plays a lawyer in an open marriage.
Lucy will then star in the comedy drama Stage Mother, alongside Jacki Weaver and Adrian Grenier.
Good morning Charlie! The talented beauty was then hugely successful in the 2000 movie Charlie’s Angels starring Drew Barrymore [L] and Cameron Diaz [C]