By Alesia Stanford for Dailymail.Com
07:33 PM 17 Mar 2023, update 09:36 PM 17 Mar 2023
Lucy Liu opened up about her choice to become a single mother in her 40s.
The 54-year-old actress is promoting her latest project, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, in which she co-stars as the daughter of the God Atlas, alongside her “sisters” Helen Mirren, 77, and Rachel Zegler, 21. The film opened on Friday, March 17.
In an interview with The Cut, the action star revealed that when she decided to have her son Rockwell, who was born in 2015 via surrogate, she went for it.
“I didn’t have a plan,” she told the outlet.
“I just thought I didn’t want to talk about the next project. I felt like I was reading the same script. I got fed up. I didn’t want the same dialogue. I had heard myself say the same things many, many times and I was just like, ‘Well, that can’t be next.’ That wasn’t enough,” she said.
Lucy, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, as well as Italian and Spanish, admitted she hadn’t thought about the decision or researched it.
“I just pulled the trigger. I can easily think of something; if I think too much, I won’t do it.
‘It’s better for me to feel something and go for it. Many people read parenting books. I didn’t do any of that. I was like, “When the kid is around, I’m just going to figure it out.”
The actress was sure she wanted to raise her son in her native New York.
“I absolutely wanted to raise a child in New York. People will say, ‘It’s inconvenient, you don’t even have a car,’ but this way they will see everything,” she argued.
“You’re going to show them what’s safe and what’s not, and they’re going to figure it out through experience.” It’s hard to use common sense when you’re in a car all the time. They will smell the smells.
The Critics Choice Television Awards winner said she takes the subway to maneuver the Big Apple, but approaches the experience with more caution after anti-Asian crime spikes during the pandemic.
“There is a very different level of caution that one has to have now. It’s a real thing, and if you don’t acknowledge it, you’re being ridiculous,” she said.
“I take my son on the subway all the time,” the Strange World star admitted.
“If I don’t feel comfortable, I leave. I don’t need to sit somewhere to be polite. I am a person of action in this sense. I have to trust my instincts. Just having an awareness helps me, but I don’t want to live in fear. I’m not going to take any risks in my life. I’m not stupid about this.
Lucy has spread her artistic wings as a painter and has an exhibition, “Lucy Liu: What Was”, currently running at the New York Studio School.
The exhibition marks his 30th anniversary as an artist since his very first solo exhibition in New York in 1993. The pieces will be on display until April 16.
The artist shared a video on Instagram, writing, “Sharing this art exhibit with my son was the highlight of my year!”
“I love how kids see everything from all angles,” she continued. “He opened up my world so much – I’m grateful to be a mom and to remember what it’s like to be a kid again.”