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1[[quoteright:295:]]²->''"You respect all of these people that you know in the business as actors. And they sort of turn around and say, we really like your work. It's a nice acknowledgment."''²²Lucy Alexis Liu (劉玉玲 Liú Yùlíng; born December 2, 1968) is an American actress, born in Queens, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity to Taiwanese immigrant parents. Although [[AsianAndNerdy she did well in her studies]], she started acting when she auditioned for a minor role in a college production of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', and instead won the lead.²²After some small roles in films and television, her breakthrough came when she got a part in ''Series/AllyMcBeal'', playing the foul-mouthed Ling Woo, a new character specifically written for her. Her tough attitude made her a sex symbol for a lot of viewers, and her performance earned her Emmy and Screen Actors Guild award nominations.²²Since then, she has appeared in a variety of film and television roles, often playing an ActionGirl or DarkActionGirl, as well as doing voice-acting in animation (cf. her appearance on the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode where Fry downloads Lucy Liu's likeness into a robot and uses it as his girlfriend and her role on the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do?" as Connie's delinquent cousin Tid Pao who tricks Bobby into making a meth lab for her). Liu also holds the honor of being the first Asian-American woman to host ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (her episode was a season 26 Christmas episode with Music/JayZ as a musical guest). In the 2010s, she completely changed her image and finally broke away from DragonLady and MsFanservice typecasting by playing [[GenderFlip Dr. Joan Watson]] opposite Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes in ''Series/{{Elementary}}''.²²Liu is bilingual in English and [[UsefulNotes/ChineseLanguage Mandarin]], and holds a Bachelor's degree in Asian Languages and Cultures from the UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan.²----²!!Her filmography includes:²* ''3 Needles'' as Jin Ping, the Blood Smuggler²* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' as Ling.²* ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever'' as Agent Sever²* ''Film/CharliesAngels2000'' and ''Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'' as Alex Munday²* ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' as Kitty Baxter (cameo)²* ''Film/CityOfIndustry'' as Cathi Rose²* ''Film/{{Cypher}}'' as Rita Foster²* ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' films as Silvermist²* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' as Dr. Joan Watson²* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' as herself in an AdamWesting role.²* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' as an [[FutureBadass adult]] Jade Chan.²* ''Series/{{Joey}}'' as Lauren²* ''Film/KillBill'' as O-Ren Ishii²* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', and ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' as Viper²* ''Film/TheManWithTheIronFists'' as Madame Blossom²* ''WesternAnimation/MayaAndMiguel'' as Maggie²* ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'' as Lindsey²* ''Film/MarryMe'' as Rae²* ''WesternAnimation/MulanII'' as Mei²* ''Film/{{Payback}}'' as Pearl²* ''Film/RiseBloodHunter'' as Sadie Blake²* ''Film/SetItUp'' as Kirsten Stevens²* ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' as Princess Pei-Pei²* ''Film/WatchingTheDetectives'' as Violet²* ''Series/WhyWomenKill'' as Simone Grove²----²!! Her tropes include:²* ActorAllusion: ''Cypher'' references ''Film/KillBill''.²* ActorInspiredElement: O-Ren in ''Film/KillBill'' was written to be Japanese. When Quentin Tarantino saw ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' he rewrote the character to be part Chinese in order for Lucy to play her.²* TheCameo: She has one in ''{{Film/Chicago}}'' as Kitty Baxter, an heiress who murders her husband and his lover (nearly stealing Roxie's thunder in the process).²* CelebrityVoiceActor: As Viper in ''Franchise/KungFuPanda'', Silvermist in ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' and Mei in ''WesternAnimation/MulanII''.²* DawsonCasting: She was ten years older than her character Lindsey in ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin''.²* DragonLady: A modern day example; especially with her notable roles in ''Series/AllyMcBeal'', ''Film/CharliesAngels2000'' and ''Film/KillBill''.²* EnforcedMethodActing: In ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'' Josh Hartnett actually flashed Lucy for the scene where Lindsey discovers Slevin with his towel open. It was scripted but she didn't know he'd be naked - so her reaction is real.²* HostilityOnTheSet: Apparently with Creator/BillMurray on ''Film/CharliesAngels2000''. It was reported that the argument shut down filming for a day.²* PlayingAgainstType: In ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'' as a dorky and geeky scientist.²* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Vivian in ''Film/CharliesAngels2000'' was written to be white. When Lucy was cast as Alex, they changed Vivian to Chinese.²* StarMakingRole: ''Series/AllyMcBeal'', which even got her a special news report about how she was the only Asian-American doing anything major on television at the time.²* WhatCouldHaveBeen:²** Creator/ThandieNewton was cast as Alex in ''Film/CharliesAngels2000'' but had to drop out when ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' ran over schedule. Angelina Jolie and Jada Pinkett Smith had turned it down. ²** Ling Woo wasn't intended to be a regular. David E Kelly liked Lucy so much as a guest star that he revealed she had a law degree, and had the character join the firm after a few episodes. She had previously auditioned for the role of Nelle, which went to Portia De Rossi.²** She auditioned for the role of Elektra in ''{{Film/Daredevil}}'' but lost out to Jennifer Garner.²----


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