Lucy Liu Talks About Working Twice As Hard To Get Where She Is Because of Racism

Lucy Liu is opening up about the opportunities she lost out on due to systemic racism early in her career.

During an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the 51-year-old Why Women Kill actress revealed that she didn’t get a lot of auditions when she first started out, compared to her white friend, who was going to double the auditions.

“I think I was just too naive and didn’t know what was ahead of me or what I was going to be up against,” Lucy shared in the feature, seeing herself not as driven, but unsuspicious. “I had some idea when I got to LA, because a friend of mine would have 10 auditions in a day or a week and I would have maybe two or three in a month, so I knew it was going to be much more limited for me.”

She goes on, “Then I got really lucky with a few jobs, which put me in rooms for auditions where I looked like no other woman in the room. I thought, ‘I don’t even understand why I’m here, but I’m going to give it my all.’

“I think when you are somewhat the black sheep, you don’t really have anything to lose, because they are not necessarily looking for you. So you may as well go for it!”

Earlier this year, Lucy was seen at a fashion show this other famous New Yorker.

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