Speaking with the Los Angeles Times‘ Pretty asian podcast, the actress said that while she won’t go into details, there was a point when she stood up to Murray on the set of the 2000 film. She recalls the cast rehearsing a scene Murray was unable to join because he had to attend a family reunion. However, things took a turn when he returned to the set and, she says, began to “hurl insults” that “just kept on going.”
“I was like, ‘Wow, he looks like he’s looking me straight in the eye.’ I couldn’t believe it could be to me because what did I have to do with something very important right now? ” she said.
Liu said she started asking him if he was talking to her, explaining that it became more obvious than he was when it “started to become a one-to-one communication.”
“It was unfair and it was unwarranted. Some of the language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I wasn’t going to just sit there and take it. So, yes, I defended myself and I do not regret it, ”she added. “Because no matter how much of the totem pole you are or where you come from, there is no need to condescend or belittle others. And I wouldn’t retire, and I shouldn’t and I didn’t either. “
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Years later, Liu said that former crew members would express to her how “grateful” they were that she did what she did. Despite the confrontation, Liu stressed that she had “nothing against” the actor and that they have since seen each other at a Saturday Night Live meeting. “He came up to me and was perfectly nice. But I’m not going to sit there and be attacked, ”she said.
She added that she “doesn’t want to be that person who isn’t going to speak up for myself and stand up for the one thing 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 over time,” she added. “No one is immortal. But during that time, no matter what happens between now and whatever my career choices or life decisions I make, I will walk away with my dignity. “
Liu also mentioned that when reports of their confrontation first surfaced, she thought it was “amazing” how things had “turned out” in the press and that people “automatically thought that the woman was the most difficult ”.
“I didn’t understand how it got turned around when I had nothing to do with inciting or creating this platform of confrontation or anxiety. So even though it’s been decades, it’s something that I obviously remember very intimately, ”Liu explained.