‘CHANGE DOESN’T HAP­PEN OVERNIGHT’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Su­san Jose ■ su­san. jose@ hin­dus­tan­times. com com­pli­ment or do you find it sex­ist?

From the pop­u­lar ’90s TV show, Ally McBeal, to Os­car-win­ning film­maker Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film, Kill Bill — ac­tor Lucy Liu has been part of nu­mer­ous hit projects in Hol­ly­wood as well as on TV. In a ca­reer span­ning over 25 years, she says she has seen the Amer­i­can en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try change “for the bet­ter” in many ways. In a tele­phonic chat, the ac­tor talks to us about her new show — a mod­ern-day adap­ta­tion of Sher­lock Holmes — and how things are dif­fer­ent for women in showbiz.

Be­ing a non-Cau­casian, you made it big in Hol­ly­wood. Is that process eas­ier to­day?

I think dif­fer­ent races are be­ing rep­re­sented more and more now. Change doesn’t hap­pen overnight. When I started, things were dif­fer­ent, and, now, peo­ple are more aware, and things are look­ing up.

When peo­ple make state­ments like, “Lucy Liu ages well”, do you take it as a

I do not find it overtly sex­ist, but yes, af­ter a point, the lime­light does be­come harsher for women. It is, as if, age says more about who we are, which is ob­vi­ously in­cor­rect. When a pub­li­ca­tion men­tions men, they just go with the name, but when they write about women, it is name coma age; as if age is go­ing to rep­re­sent the qual­ity of work that we do. I find it so amus­ing.

There has been a lot of spec­u­la­tion about how much you earn...

For women, it has al­ways been a strug­gle to be fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent, ir­re­spec­tive of whether you have a fam­ily or a part­ner, or nei­ther or ei­ther. I’m not com­plain­ing about how much money I make, and I def­i­nitely do not make in­sane amounts of it. But what­ever I earn, I do it as a self-made per­son.

What led you to make a doc­u­men­tary, ti­tled Meena, which is based on the hu­man traf­fick­ing sit­u­a­tion in In­dia? I par­tic­i­pate in the pro­grammes of UNICEF, as I am their am­bas­sador. Thus, I get to be in­volved in so many projects. The doc­u­men­tary was an in­tense ex­pe­ri­ence. Be­ing in­volved in its film­ing process, and vis­it­ing Mum­bai to shoot it was an over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I’m glad the doc­u­men­tary sheds light on the sit­u­a­tion.

Sea­son 1 of your TV show, Ele­men­tary, in which you play the role of Joan (Dr Wat­son), goes on air on AXN In­dia, to­day. How was the ex­pe­ri­ence of di­rect­ing episodes for it? It’s al­ways great to step be­hind the cam­era, and help put the nar­ra­tive to­gether.

How has Sher­lock and Joan’s re­la­tion­ship pro­gressed? There’s def­i­nitely a bond be­tween the two that they can­not take for granted.

Shoot­ing the doc­u­men­tary in Mum­bai was an in­tense ex­pe­ri­ence Lucy Liu, ac­tor

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