Lucy Liu : Mia Mason
Date Of Birth: December 2nd, 1968 City: Queens, New York
On television, Lucy Liu is best known to television audiences as the unforgettable Ling Woo in the hit Fox series, “Ally McBeal,” a role for which she scored a 1999 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as winning a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series the same year. She was nominated for another SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2000. Liu recently guest-starred on the ABC award-winning series “Ugly Betty,” has guest-starred additionally on HBO’s “Sex & the City” and on “Joey,” and has lent her voice to such animated series as “The Simpsons,” “Futurama,” “King of the Hill” and the DreamWorks animation film “Kung Fu Panda,” which is set for a 2008 release.
Liu’s blossoming film career was thrust into over-drive when she starred with Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore in Columbia Tri-Star’s blockbuster hit, “Charlie’s Angels,” and its sequel, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” Her standing was further solidified when she starred opposite Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed film for Miramax, “Kill Bill: Volume I.” Most recently Liu was seen in the comedy “Code Name: The Cleaner” with co-star Cedric the Entertainer. In smaller release, she was also seen in “3 Needles,” a three-paneled look at the worldwide AIDS crisis.
Other film credits include “Lucky Number Slevin,” opposite Josh Hartnett and Ben Kingsley; Tony Scott’s “Domino”; opposite Jackie Chan in Universal’s hit comedy “Shanghai Noon”; opposite Mel Gibson in “Payback”; with Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson in Touchstone Pictures’ “Play It to the Bone”; another role opposite Banderas in the action-thriller “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever,” and a cameo role in the Oscar-winning “Chicago.”
Liu recently made her debut as producer with “Freedom’s Fury,” a documentary on the 1956 Olympic semifinal water polo match between Hungary and Russia. Held in Australia, the match occurred as Russian forces were in Budapest, stamping out a popular revolt. She has also signed a deal to executive-produce and star in a contemporary big-screen version of “Charlie Chan” for Twentieth Century Fox.
A native New Yorker, Liu attended NYU and later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Asian languages and cultures from the University of Michigan. During her senior year at Michigan, she auditioned for a student theater production of Andre Gregory’s adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland.” Hoping to be cast in a supporting role, Liu was instead cast as the lead. Her acting career was born.
In 2005 Liu was appointed Ambassador for UNICEF. Her devoted work with UNICEF has taken her to the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan to visit with survivors of the October 8, 2005 earthquake. To witness the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and communities, Liu traveled to Lesotho in August 2005, and she has recently returned from the Republic of Congo to bring awareness to the tragic consequences of long running civil war on the children of that region.
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