Lucy Liu Opened Up About Being a "Black Sheep" in Hollywood

The actress discussed going on auditions where she "looked like no other woman in the room."

Lucy Liu is discussing the hurdles she went through as an Asian actor in Hollywood.

In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, the Charlie's Angels star recalled the auditions she went on early in her career, telling the outlet that in hindsight, she sees herself as having been more "naive" than driven.

"I think I was just too naive and didn't know what was ahead of me or what I was going to be up against," she said. "I had some idea when I got to LA, because a friend of mine would have 10 auditions in a day or a week and I would have maybe two or three in a month, so I knew it was going to be much more limited for me."

Liu added, "But then I got really lucky with a few jobs, which put me in rooms for auditions where I looked like no other woman in the room. I thought, ‘I don't even understand why I'm here, but I'm going to give it my all.' I think when you are somewhat the black sheep, you don't really have anything to lose, because they are not necessarily looking for you. So you may as well go for it!"

In an interview with Variety last year, Liu opened up about the challenges she faced in getting agents for work in theater, film, television, and commercials.

"Everyone was willing to have me on their roster, but not commit to me because they didn’t know, realistically, how many auditions I could get," she said. "The challenge from the beginning was just the diversity and 'We don’t really know what to do with you’ and ‘There’s not going to be a lot of work for you.'"

Last year, Liu became the second Asian-American woman with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and during her speech, paid tribute to the first recipient, Anna May Wong.

"When I moved to Los Angeles, I actually lived on Vine Street, so it’s thrilling to have Anna May Wong, who is the first Asian-American actress, as my neighbor," she said at the time. "A hundred years ago, she was a pioneer while enduring racism, marginalization, and exclusion."

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