Updated: Thursday, 02 January 2014 19:00 | By Bang

Lucy Liu: Acting was alien to my family

Lucy Liu says her acting career was ''alien'' to her family who believed her school years should be followed by further education in university which would help get a reputable job.


Lucy Liu says her acting career was ''alien'' to her family who believed her school years should be followed by further education in university which would help get a reputable job.

Lucy Liu says her acting career was ''alien'' to her family who believed her school years should be followed by further education in university which would help get a reputable job.

Lucy Liu says her acting career was ''alien'' to her family.

The 45-year-old actress - who was catapulted to the spotlight as a lawyer in TV series 'Ally McBeal' - was born in the US and raised by parents who were deeply influenced by their strong Chinese heritage.

Lucy's family never considered acting as a potential career and believed school should be followed by further education in university which would help get a reputable job.

In an interview with the Metro newspaper, she said: ''We rarely went to the movies. We did watch television but becoming an actor wasn't something that was even in the stratosphere as a career idea. What came after high school was college; what came after college was a job. Acting was never a job that was ever considered. It was completely out of the ballpark, completely alien to my family. And, I think, to a certain extent it still is.''

Lucy insists her parents always encouraged her to focus on her studies and have jobs, and gave her a good work ethic.

She explained: ''I was born in the US but I didn't speak English until I went to school - I spoke Chinese with my parents. That sort of thing just changes the way you receive things and interpret and digest them.

''We did not grow up with a lot of money at all, and my parents definitely encouraged us to focus on our education and to work - we always had jobs. We didn't grow up with silver spoons in our mouths - everything we had, we had to earn.''

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