Maggie Q

Maggie Q


Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Birth Name

Margaret Denise Quigley



Also Known As

Meiqi Li, Maggie M. Quigley, Maggie Quigley, Mei-Kei Lei
  • Maggie Q on Nikita.
  • Maggie Q on Nikita.
  • Maggie Q as Nikita on Nikita.
  • Maggie Q as Nikita on Nikita.
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Maggie Q is an Asian American actress and former fashion model. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father is of Polish, Irish, and French descent, and her mother is Vietnamese. She graduated from Mililani high school, and went to Japan and Hong Kong after she graduated. She…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Maggie: We rarely grow when we're happy, we grow when we hurt.

    • Maggie: The United Nations four or five years ago put out a study that said the meat industry, meat-eating, growing meat for food is the No. 1 killer of our planet - not No. 2 or No. 3: No 1. You know what's No. 2? Transportation. Everyone thinks that No. 1 is transportation, and goes out and buys a hybrid car. Screw the hybrid cars. Don't eat hamburgers.

    • Maggie: I don't know how people box for a living. I don't know how they can just hurt people for a living and be OK with it.

    • Maggie: I'm just totally into being strong. There's something about wanting to get a jar or whatever out of a high cupboard, or moving a sofa over because my dog's bone rolled under it, and not having to call anyone for help. There's comfort in that.

    • Maggie: The student will try to defy the master. Always.

    • Maggie: I enjoy privacy. I think it's nice to have a little mystery. I think because of technology a lot of the mystery is gone in life, and I'd like to preserve some of that.

    • Maggie: Audiences are so much more sophisticated than they've ever been. They expect a lot more. I don't think because it's an hour of your Thursday night rather than an hour and a half of your weekend that you should be gypped at all in quality.

    • Maggie: Here's my goal: I want to make a seriously dark show, and not on a network that has ever done that.

    • Maggie:
      My goal when I make my show is to make a show for women. I don't make a show for men.

    • Maggie: You're asked, 'Do you know kung-fu?' Yeah. That's what we do. We wake up, we brush our teeth, we do kung-fu!

    • Maggie: I weirdly feel very natural, in the physicality that comes my way, whether it's guns, cars or whatever. For some reason, it's second nature to me.

    • Maggie: Facebook? I have no clue about it. MySpace, none of that. I'm the worst.

    • Maggie: When people go through tragic circumstances, it's not that there is no love there, but it's so hard to deal with and sometimes the gap starts to happen.

    • Maggie: Our choices are going to determine the future for our children, our children's children, and their children. I take that responsibility very seriously.

    • Maggie: As women, I think it helps that we are complex creatures by nature so just being a woman helps to understand a woman's journey.

    • Maggie: You should see me during an action film. I look like an abuse victim.

    • Maggie: I like PETA as a group for many reasons, but one of the reasons that I admire them is that they say and do the things that other groups won't do.

    • Maggie: I love shooting guns. Not at people or animals, but I love shooting blanks!

    • Maggie: I mean, if we try to 'fluff up' 'Nikita?' We're done. If we try to 'fluff' 'Nikita,' I don't want to be involved and I don't want to watch the show.

    • Maggie: I'm bringing what I've always wanted: film quality work on television. That's the way it should be.

    • Maggie: I'm not a vampire movie fan, per se. That's not to say that I haven't enjoyed movies with vampires in them.

    • Maggie: I've gotten used to the point where I'm so used to being sweaty! I like to wear less makeup and be tougher!

    • Maggie: Not only do I not want to be stereotyped as this Asian girl who fights - gee, what a wonder - but also I have more to offer than that.

    • Maggie: Sometimes you're famous before you're good.

    • Maggie: The 1970s 'Wonder Woman' was sort of a kitsch thing. It was a very specific time for that, and it's hard to modernize something like that.

    • Maggie: With stunt guys, you can punch them in the face because it's, you know, just part of work. You feel bad about that but not as bad as if you punch another actor.

    • Maggie: When you come to America, it's a very serious thing. It's not like you arrive and they say, 'Hey, come on! Do movies!' I can't just be hopping around. I have to focus and be still and make sure that I put the time and effort in. Because if I don't, I could lose it like that.

    • Maggie: There was a time where I thought I could only date vegans. I was wrong because I was missing the fact that somebody should be right for me first, instead of just having similar values.

    • Maggie: There is nothing cooler than having lines like, 'Batman, the fate of the world is upon us.' Who gets to say that? And who gets to say that in a deep, earnest, amazingly sexy way?

    • Maggie: My manager's biggest dream is for me to be on Letterman. She says, 'Oh, Maggie, will you promise me you'll be on 'Letterman?'' What can I say? I just tell her I can't promise, but I'll try my best.

    • Maggie: It's just cool for a girl to be able to do her own thing. I do a lot of movies, and I'm very lucky, and I'm not complaining. But in movies, alongside big action men, we've always got to take a step back and let the men shine.

    • Maggie: I, Maggie, personally cannot tell you that you're going to save the planet. But what I do know is that we can draw a line to an issue that can conserve what we already have and what's left in a way that we can actually breathe the air, drink the water, actually grow things in soil - that matters in a real, practical way.

    • Maggie: I'm not a wushu champion. I was an athlete when I was a kid. I was a swimmer and a runner, but all this action stuff is such a challenge. It really, really is.

    • Maggie: The CW is a very fashion-oriented network and they like their stars to look a certain way. I like that, but at the same time, I need Nikita to be toned down a bit. You can't draw too much attention to Nikita because she's an assassin.

    • Maggie: I don't work out and be healthy and want a strong body because I want to look good in a bikini. I do all of those things for me and for my health. I'm not going on the cover of 'Maxim' and 'FHM' because that's not me.

    • Maggie: I don't think you can be successful in television without appealing to women. I don't think it's possible. I think that men like women. It doesn't really matter what they do - they love anything. But women don't necessarily like every woman, so I think that's a challenge to get the female audience to not only relate to you but also like you.

    • Maggie: I don't do anything but sleep, when I'm not working. I have no life. I'm no fun. All I want to do is sleep and get ready for the next day. It's awesome.

    • Maggie: There's so many issues tied to the meat industry. I mean, social, environmental, humanitarian - all of them. I know that when I'm eating that I'm not hurting the planet, I'm not hurting other people on this planet, I'm not hurting animals... and I'm not hurting nature.

    • Maggie Q: The fans are pretty intense. There was this Hong Kong cop who got access to my private phone number and address and made my life a misery. Another fan sent me a collection of photos that were a montage of theirs and mine, so in every shot it looked like we were an item. That obviously went straight up on my living room wall.

    • Maggie Q: I was at a party in St Tropez recently... and it was completely wild. No wonder rich people end up in clinics. Money most definitely equals debauchery. There were naked girls spraying each other with champagne and couples shagging all over the boat. No one even so much as tripped over me because I'm not blonde with huge tits so I just sat and observed. But let me tell you, watching is just as good.

    • Maggie Q: (on what she wishes people will take more notice of) Animal rights. It's something I'm hugely involved in. I feel animal rights is related to an all-encompassing respect for life.

    • Maggie Q: (on her philosophy) Raising awareness and inspiring change: awareness of self is a huge thing and I think it can change people.

    • Maggie Q: I love independent films. The current projects I'm looking at are darker pieces with pretty challenging ideas. I like pushing the limits. Even the books I read are not mainstream.

    • Maggie Q: Men think women who are not scared to eat are really sexy.

    • Maggie Q: I used to get really bothered and depressed about what the press wrote about me, but not anymore. They are always making up these fantastical stories about me and the men I go out with.

    • Maggie Q: We always feel like we need to compartmentalize everything in life, like she's this and she's that and he's this and he's that. And the reality when it comes to the actors is that no actor's one thing, I mean, never.

    • Maggie Q: All the loves in my life, my dogs are the greatest loves of my life. I mean, no man could ever compare to my dogs, unfortunately.

    • Maggie Q: I always play these tough roles. I never smile, I'm never sort of happy or laughing... I think I have yet to have an on-screen persona that has anything to do with Maggie, the real Maggie.

    • Maggie Q: I feel better, I have more energy on and off the set, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I'm doing something to help stop animal suffering.

    • Maggie Q: I've tried to stay who I am, and family and friends still say I haven't changed. To me, that's the greatest compliment.

    • Maggie Q: My parents are proud of me today, not because I'm a 'star' but rather, it's that whatever I've achieved, I've worked and done it myself.

    • Maggie Q: People compare me to so and so, and I really feel that being competitive (in that way) is a waste of time. You should be proud of what you have.

    • Maggie Q (on how she got her name shortened to just Maggie Q): What happened was when I was living and working in Hong Kong, one of the biggest newspapers there when they first started writing about me, around seven/eight years ago, they couldn't pronounce my last name. I think to them it was just like, 'Oh, uh.' And so they printed Q, Maggie Q. And because it was a big paper, everyone followed them.