Lucy Liu recently appeared on the “Asian Enough” podcast where she opened up about her career, specifically working with Bill Murray in the 2000s smash hit “Charlie’s Angels.”
Liu explained how she had a not so pleasant interaction with Murray when he came to set after attending a family party and began hurling insults at everyone on set, especially Liu.
Liu claimed that after Murray was not present at a rehearsal due to a family gathering, he showed up and began to “hurl insults that kept going on and on.”
“I was, like, ‘Wow, he seems like he’s looking straight at me.’ I couldn’t believe that it could be towards me, because what do I have to do with anything majorly important at that time? I asked whether Murray was speaking directly to her as the conversation started to become a one-on-one communication.”
“It was unjust and it was uncalled for. Some of the language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it. So, yes, I stood up for myself, and I don’t regret it.”
“Because no matter how low on the totem pole you may be or wherever you came from, there’s no need to condescend or to put other people down. And I would not stand down, and nor should I have and nor did I,” Liu explained.
Liu also claimed that in the years following the confrontation, numerous crew members came up to her and told her they were “grateful” that she spoke up.
Today, Liu claims to have nothing against Murray, and has even interacted with him pleasantly in recent years. “At the SNL Reunion he came up to me and was perfectly nice, but I’m not going to sit there and be attacked.”
“I don’t want to be that person that is not going to speak up for myself and stand by the only thing that I have, which is my dignity and self-respect at the end of the day.”
“Because in the end, we all end up in the same place as time goes on. Nobody is immortal. But in that time, no matter what happens between now and whatever career choices I make or whatever life decisions I make, I will walk away with my dignity.”
“I didn’t understand how it got flipped when I had nothing to do with instigating it or creating that platform of confrontation or anxiety. So even though it’s been decades, it’s something that obviously I remember very intimately,” she explained.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.