Lucy Liu's Token Objection

Quirky, candid Lucy Liu, featured in the flick Play it to the Bone, says she's tired of being the poster girl for Asian culture.

"Just because I'm Asian doesn't mean that I know all about the history, the culture, the religion. I'm just as clueless as you," the Ally McBeal beauty tells USA Weekend. "I love this role (on Ally) and I defend this role, but people forget: Sometimes you take roles because you've got bills to pay or you've got kids. Sometimes you have no choice. It's about making a living.

"A lot of Asians have wanted to give me awards and have me come and speak, but I turn them down," she adds. "I feel like, 'Hey, give me a little while. I haven't done anything to earn this yet. Don't just give me an award because I'm the only person that's well known right now who's Asian.'"

Don't get her wrong Liu takes pride in her heritage. Of a pilgrimage to Beijing, she says, "You go back there and you realize there's 5,000 years of culture and history there. That's something you end up respecting as an ideal. Then you really want to know about yourself because you are so proud of your culture."

Liu, gearing up for her role in the much-anticipated big-screen Charlie's Angels remake, says she felt left out of the Farrah Fawcett craze while growing up. "I didn't have the blond, flipped hair or the curves. I was skinny with a bad haircut, which didn't amount to a very successful dating process at all!" Lauren Kane