In high school, she adopted a middle name, Alexis. She learned to speak Mandarin at home and began studying English when she was 5. Liu earned a bachelor's degree in Asian languages and cultures. Liu worked as a waitress at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase club circa — She did one commercial.
The year-old rocked up to the Women in Film and Television 32nd Annual Muse Awards in New York wearing cape style coat with leather gloves and boots that harked back to the original Victorian Holmes. Later, the illusion was destroyed when she whipped off the coat to reveal a stunning cream frock. Lucy Liu drew inspiration from Sherlock Holmes in this cape coat, leather gloves and boots at the Muse Awards on Thursday night in New York Lucy is certainly easier on the eye than the previous incumbents of the Watson role. And she certainly looked in fine form for the event. In the CBS take on the much-loved franchise, Sherlock, has just finished a stint in rehab, been shipped off to Manhattan, and put in the care of a sobriety coach - former surgeon Dr. Watson - played by Liu.
In , she starred in an ABC comedy-drama, Cashmere Mafia, which ended after one abbreviated season. The show was one of only a few American television shows to have an Asian American series lead. She did one commercial.