“It is one of many causes Charlie’s Angels was so essential to me.”

The Charlie’s Angels film from 2000: A basic. No query.


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Actor Lucy Liu — who starred within the movie in addition to the 2003 sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle together with Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore — lately wrote an essay for the Washington Submit about how proud she was to be a part of the movie.


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Within the piece, Liu says that her presence within the movie helped “transfer the needle” for onscreen illustration within the Asian group.


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“As a part of one thing so iconic, my character Alex Munday normalized Asian identification for a mainstream viewers and made a chunk of Americana somewhat extra inclusive,” she wrote.


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Within the essay, Liu additionally mentioned her iconic position as O-Ren Ishii in Kill Invoice, noting that she would typically be referred to within the media as a “dragon girl.”


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Kill Invoice options three different feminine skilled killers along with Ishii,” she wrote. “Why not name Uma Thurman, Vivica A. Fox or Daryl Hannah a dragon girl? I can solely conclude that it’s as a result of they aren’t Asian.”


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“I may have been carrying a tuxedo and a blond wig, however I nonetheless would have been labeled a dragon girl due to my ethnicity.”

“If I can’t play sure roles as a result of mainstream People nonetheless see me as Different, and I don’t wish to be forged solely in ‘sometimes Asian’ roles as a result of they reinforce stereotypes, I begin to really feel the partitions of the metaphorical field we AAPI ladies stand in,” she continued.

Learn Liu’s complete essay right here.