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Actress, humanitarian, and international spokesperson Maggie Q continues to display her range through projects that have immense international appeal. Maggie has starred for two seasons on the highly rated drama Nikita on the CW.
Working opposite some of the world’s most established actors, including Hugh Jackman (Deception, 2008), Andy Lau (Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, 2008), Bruce Willis (Live Free or Die Hard, 2007), and Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible III, 2006), Maggie has continuously captivated audiences worldwide by showing her versatility in graceful and seductive roles. When not filming on location or traveling the world to speak out for her charitable causes, Maggie resides in Los Angeles, where she lives with several rescue dogs.
Learn more about Maggie below.
MAGGIE'S NUTRITION TIPS AND INSPIRATION
- I eat kale every day—in every form. I juice it in the morning. I eat it raw in salads. I steam it, fry it, everything! The way to feel more fulfilled when including more veggies in your diet is to eat a “heavy” grain with them! I love black, red, and brown rice, and I mix them all together. I usually throw lentils or a bean in there to make it even heavier and more nutritious. Don't forget to mix in flax seeds, seaweed, or liquid aminos! Put your veggies on top of something like that, and tell me you’re not full!
- Got a sweet tooth? Try ice cream made of coconut or cashew milk. It’s delicious! It tastes even better knowing that taking dairy products out of your life is one of the most important things you can do for your body!
MAGGIE'S FULL BIO
Maggie will be seen next in the Screen Gems 3-D Horror Western Priest. Directed by Scott Stewart, the film is set in a world ravaged by war between man and vampires and follows a priest (Paul Bettany) and a priestess (Maggie) who work together to track down a murderous band of vampires. Next up, Maggie will play the title character of “Nikita” in the CW series pilot of the same name. With roots in the original film by Luc Besson, this new series will feature Maggie as a new Nikita being trained to replace the original one after she goes rogue.
Most recently, Maggie appeared in three segments directed by Yvan Attal in the feature film New York, I Love You. The film is a collaboration of raw storytelling from some of today's most imaginative filmmakers, including Allen Hughes, Mira Nair, and Brett Ratner, and featuring an all-star cast, including Shia LaBeouf, Bradley Cooper, and Natalie Portman. Maggie also starred in the Chinese epic film Warrior and the Wolf, directed by award winning director Zhuangzhuang Tian. The film had its world premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and Maggie was also given the Maverick Award for Warrior and the Wolf at the 2009 Hawaiian International Film Festival. Maggie’s other films include starring roles in King of Fighters, based on the popular video game of the same title, and the action comedy Rogue’s Gallery, which also stars Zach Galifianakis and Ving Rhames.
In 2008, Maggie starred in the critically appraised Chinese feature Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, opposite Andy Lau, for director Daniel Lee. Also in 2008, she accepted the rare opportunity to play the lead role in EA Games’ Need for Speed: Undercover, which is one of the most successful franchises in videogame history.
Maggie began her acting career in Hong Kong in 2000 in the TV drama House of the Dragon. This quickly led to lead roles in films like Gen-Y Cops, opposite Paul Rudd, and Manhattan Midnight, and cameos in films like Rush Hour 2 and Around the World in 80 Days. In 2002, she starred as a femme fatale in the popular action film Naked Weapon, described as a cross between Charlie’s Angels and The Matrix because of its extensive stunts and CGI-enhanced special effects. The film was directed by Tony Ching Siu Tung, the action choreographer for films like Hero and House of Flying Daggers.
Maggie’s earlier experiences in Hong Kong action films helped develop her work ethic and action talent for hand-to-hand combat and martial arts. She was able to use these skills during production on Mission: Impossible III, her first leading action role in an American film. In 2007, Maggie showed her comedic side starring opposite George Lopez in the action comedy Balls of Fury.
As a humanitarian, Maggie gives much of her time and voice to animal rights. She lends her voice to Animals Asia Foundation’s various campaigns, and also works with Human Rights Action Center and Best Friends Animal Society. Her PSA to rescue the China’s moon bears is currently airing throughout Asia, and she is also working on another PSA campaign for Best Friends. Maggie also served as a producer on the 2007 documentary Earthlings, which took a startling look at the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.
Born in Hawaii to an American father and Vietnamese mother, Maggie spent her childhood competing in swimming and track-and-field events. At the age of 18, she moved to Hong Kong to pursue a career in modeling. She quickly rose to the status of a top model in many parts of Asia and has appeared on more than 200 magazine covers throughout the world. Some publications include editions of Time, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Madame Figaro, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, InStyle, and Elle in countries like France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and more.