If you grew up around the same time that the Charlie’s Angels remake with Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore hit theatres, you’d likely have familiarised yourself with the trio to an almost unhealthy degree. Long before Marvel movies sought to put female superheroes on the map, the angels were the closest we got to female characters that weren’t just beautiful, but had personality, were multi-dimensional, and, most importantly, strong, athletic, and knew just how to kick butt.
Liu has had a decades-long run in the spotlight as one of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, but for all her fame she’s kept relatively private and shies away from the spotlight. A mother to 5-year-old son Rockwell, Liu has a different relationship to her son’s body than her own. Speaking to Women’s Health US, she shared how this experience of parenthood has changed her view of her body, and reinforced the need for a mind-body connection. “There should be a sense of openness with your body, to run around naked and to feel the freedom of that until you don’t feel comfortable doing it anymore,” says Liu.
At 52, Liu is doing all she can to stay healthy for her son, which includes eating the right foods to stay “lubricated.” She was vegan, but has since transitioned to vegetarianism. “I make a lot of things for my son that have cheese and eggs in them, so I eat with him because he loves sharing food.” Plant-based eating has given Liu more energy and less bloat, and she admits she’s a fan of savoury quinoa porridge, as well as soup.
Liu also revealed that when it comes to alternative practice, she swears by acupuncture. She also practices Transcendental Meditation daily, which is a way of keeping her mind and willpower strong. And despite her age, Liu isn’t slowing down. She’s a fan of SoulCycle and takes a 20-minute class on her Variis bike at home, in addition to doing 10 minutes of arm work which she explains, “helps get the engine running,” adding that “it wakes up the body and the mind.”
Speaking about the current conversations taking place around the world in light of racism against Asian Americans and the numerous violent incidents we’ve seen, Liu says she’s found strength in speaking out and that the labels we use hold power. “It clarifies that when violence happens, [it’s because] the seed has been planted through thoughts and words that give people permission to act out their frustrations and anger. People who use [racist] words, or who don’t use their words to protect other people, are complicit - regardless of what side or colour you represent in the political atmosphere.”
She adds, “Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to go there. I’m willing to do that because I don’t want other people to feel unsafe. I want some of the people who think this is okay to know that this is not okay.”
“If I have a voice and I can use it for the better, and if it can help influence people to go out and vote…We don’t think our voices matter, and they do.”
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