Woman of Interest: Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu shares her passion for visual art, her tip for staying centered and how she learned to say no

by Sophfronia Scott
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Photograph: Annie Leibovitz

What’s your passion?
I’m pursuing my visual art and have published a new book of black-and-white ink and acrylic paintings called Seventy Two, inspired by the 72 names of God.

How do you stay centered?
I meditate twice a day and try to be grateful for the things I have and the people in my life.

Back to school
I play a public school guidance counselor in the new movie Detachment. She’s trying to do the best she can, but she gets to the point where she doesn’t know how to care. I attended public schools all my life. There is a struggle in the system that makes it difficult for quality people to stay.

Learning to say no
It’s not about rejecting anything; it’s about prioritizing. I think, I’m not going to do this, because I’m going to do that instead. And you hope the “instead” is a happier option.

Learning to say yes
It’s amazing how we can’t take a compliment. I say to someone, “Oh, you look so beautiful,” and they’re like, “No, I’m tired and I ate blah, blah, blah last night.” They could just say, “Thank you!”

Traveling for the U.N.
As a Goodwill Ambassador, I am shocked by the poverty around the world. Outside the U.S. and Europe, there’s not much gender equality, and there are a lot of places where children are used as soldiers and sex slaves.

Playing a Southland cop
When I shadowed real cops to prepare for the role, I learned to be aware. Being a good cop is all about seeing details, such as a new bit of graffiti on a wall, which might indicate a new gang is operating there. 

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Originally published in the April 2012 issue

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