By Alesia Stanford for Dailymail.Com
19:33 17 Mar 2023, updated 21:36 17 Mar 2023
Lucy Liu is open about her choice to become a single mother in her 40s.
The actress, 54, is promoting her latest project, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, in which she stars as a daughter of the God Atlas, alongside her “sisters” Helen Mirren, 77, and Rachel Zegler, 21. The film premiered 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 via surrogate in 2015, she just went for it.
“I had no 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 tired of it. I didn’t want the same dialogue. I had heard myself say the same things many times and just thought, “Well, this can’t be next.” It wasn’t enough,” she said.
Lucy, who speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, as well as Italian and Spanish, admitted she didn’t think through the decision or research it.
“I just pulled the trigger. I can easily think myself out of something; if I think too much, I won’t.’
“It’s better for me to feel something and just go for it. Many people read books about parenting. I didn’t do any of that. I was like, “If the kid’s here, I’m just going to figure it out.”
The actress was sure that she wanted to raise her son in her native New York.
“I absolutely wanted to raise a kid in New York. People will say, “It’s not convenient, you don’t even have a car,” but this way they’re going to see everything,” she argued.
“You’re going to show them what’s safe and what’s not, and they’re going to understand that through experience. It’s hard to build common sense when you’re in a car all the time. They’re going to smell the scents.’
The Critics Choice Television Awards winner said she’s taking the subway to maneuver the Big Apple, but is approaching the experience with more caution following the rise in anti-Asian crimes during the pandemic.
“There’s a whole different level of caution than one has to have right now. That’s real, and if you don’t recognize it, you’re 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 walk away. I don’t have to sit somewhere to be polite. I am a person of action in that sense. I have to trust my instincts. 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 just not stupid about it.
Lucy has spread her artistic wings as a painter and now has an exhibition, ‘Lucy Liu: What Was’, at the New York Studio School.
The show marks her 30th anniversary as an artist since her very first solo exhibition in New York in 1993. The pieces are on display through April 16.
The artist shared a video on Instagram in which he wrote, “Sharing this art show with my son has been the highlight of my year!”
“I love how kids see everything from every perspective,” she continued. “He opened up my world soooo much – Grateful to be a mom and to be reminded what it’s like to be a kid again.”