Exotic celebrity Maggie Q started as a fashion model before transitioning to acting. Though she lived in Hawaii for most of her young life, she left the state hoping to earn money for her studies. Here are some details about this sexy actress you probably did not know.
Her father has Polish and Irish roots, while her mother emigrated from Vietnam. As such, she once mentioned in an interview that she prefers Vietnamese food, with her growing up with the cuisine at home.
Maggie Q first picked up modeling gigs in Asia. Like her mother, she initially struggled with no money or language skills. However, in Hong Kong, the martial arts superstar Jackie Chan found her potential to do action roles. The actor’s management company selected young stars who wanted to get into the genre, and Maggie Q was one of the chosen few. Her time with him instilled the importance of doing her stunts.
Though she had minor roles in Jackie Chan’s Rush Hour 2 and Around the World in 80 Days, her Hollywood breakthrough happened in the spy film Mission: Impossible III. In the movie, she played the sultry Zhen, the only female IMF agent on the team who kicks ass and looks gorgeous doing it.
A string of action flicks followed, such as Live Free or Die Hard, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, The Warrior and the Wolf, and The King of Fighters. In 2010, Maggie Q had her first starring role in American television with the action thriller series Nikita.
Based on Luc Besson’s French film, the story revolved around a former government assassin who went rogue and planned to bring down the entire secret organization. Aside from the intriguing premise, the potential to see Maggie Q wearing a bikini while beating up bad guys is too good an opportunity to pass up.
The hot actress does all of the action sequences, which is impressive, and laughingly confessed in an interview that she even burned her boobs when doing a stunt on the show. Injury aside, the fierce star displayed a lot of her moves in this action-packed series. The program and Maggie Q received praises with a satisfying final season that aired in 2014.
Her latest work on the silver screen includes the Divergent series and Fantasy Island. On television, she worked on crime drama Stalker and political thriller Designated Survivor.
Maggie Q had a four-year engagement with co-star Dylan McDermott before parting ways in 2019. She is officially single and currently focuses on her activism. The actress is a staunch advocate of animal rights and uses her platform to raise awareness of their struggles.