Exclusive! Lucy Liu: “I’m Always Looking For Prince Charming”
Lucy Liu, the “Charlie’s Angels” star, chats about her new film, her dream wedding and ‘Mr. Potato Head fairy tales.’
BY BROOKE SAGER
We’ve seen Lucy Liu kick some serious butt in Charlie’s Angels, Lucky Number Slevin and Kill Bill. And yes, we loved it. But on December 12, we can’t wait to watch this action gal star in her very first rom-com, Marry Me. The four-hour mini series will debut on Lifetime starring Lucy as Rae Carter, a woman who can’t choose between her three male suitors.
It’s seems as though Lucy was born to play the role of hot crime fighter in heels. But believe it or not, the actress has always wanted to do a comedy. She grew up constantly watching sitcoms like Three’s Company and The Jeffersons. So when she was offered the role of Rae, she was excited to leave her spandex jumpsuits and warfare props at bay.
How did Lucy feel when she learned that Rae was originally written for a blonde with a Southern accent? “It was a great opportunity to be included something like this,” Lucy says. “I’m always attracted to roles not intentionally made for someone who is Asian. I feel like I’m breaking boundaries.”
So what proved to be the real challenge? Wading in the romantic, comedy pool for the first time. Even to her surprise, Lucy discovered that romantic comedies involve more physicality than actions. “There’s a lot of running around. I thought it was going to be all about acting chops, but it’s not,” she says. A fun, memorable scene she enjoyed filming involved her squatting and walking across a restaurant in heels in an attempt to hide from one of her suitors. “I lost eight pounds doing this movie!” As if she needed it.
Rae may be far different from any character Lucy has ever played, but Lucy was best able to connect with Rae through her flaws. Why? Because they made her human. “Top villains are always the best at what they do. But Rae was lost and was just trying her best,” Lucy explains. “[Rae] had tons of nooks and crannies, and I had fun exploring where she could go.”
Would Lucy say she and Rae are similar? “Rae is kind of a dreamer, and I have that characteristic as well,” Luscy says. “She also has an ideal in terms of men. I have an idea of Prince Charming in my mind.”
But while Rae pictured a fairy tale wedding for herself, Lucy claims she’s never envisioned a dream wedding
of her own. “I’ve never pictured myself in a wedding dress with a white picket fence,” she says. In fact, she expressed ambivalence when stylists asked how she wanted her hair done for the wedding scene. “They told me I’d feel different once they put the veil on my head,” she says. “I felt absolutely nothing!”
But don’t get her wrong; Lucy is certainly not against the idea of fairy tales. She has been a big fan of Disney movies like Lady & the Tramp and Bambi since she was young. She also did a voiceover in the 2008 animated film King Fu Panda, which she dubbed “a Mr. Potato Head fairy tale.” “It’s all about encouragement,” she explains. “You can make it your own world and make your own dreams come true.”
Hooray for happy endings!