PEOPLE reports that Liu – who had guest slots on ER in 1995 – and former ER star George Clooney were seen "lip-locking" in a limo outside a downtown Manhattan restaurant. Clooney's rep denies any romance between the stars.
Liu and Sandra Oh star in the indie drama, 3 Needles, which examines the global AIDS epidemic. Liu plays a blood collector who unknowingly transmits HIV to an entire Chinese village. "It's the plague of our century and something we have to acknowledge. If the message can come out in any other way, let it be through cinema," Liu tells the Chicago Sun-Times.
Liu guest stars on ABC's Ugly Betty as an attorney who seeks revenge on Betty's boss Daniel Meade (played by Eric Mabius, right). Soon after, ABC gives Liu her own show, Cashmere Mafia, which is produced by Darren Star of Sex and the City fame. She will play Mia Mason, an ambitious publishing executive, in the ensemble cast about four high-powered female professionals who bonded in business school.
Cashmere Mafia premieres on ABC. EW says, "Lucy Liu has a curious habit of spinning blondes into career gold." The series costars Miranda Otto, Bonnie Somerville, and Frances O'Connor (left). The series is plagued by low ratings and is cancelled in its first season. But Liu sticks with ABC, joining the cast of Dirty Sexy Money.
Liu joins Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland and William Baldwin as a series regular on the show, making her Dirty Sexy Money debut on ABC. Playing the scheming yet stunning Nola Lyons in the first episode of the show's second season, Liu’s whip-smart fashionista Nola is set to become a permanent member of the Darling family's inner circle.
Starring in a modern take on Sherlock Holmes, Liu plays Watson opposite Jonny Lee Miller, who stars as the titular detective, in CBS's Elementary, which finds the pair solving crimes in present-day New York. "It just takes time for people to understand that the world isn't going to blow up if Watson is a woman," she says. "People were weird when they found out there'd be an Asian in Charlie's Angels ... but then I think they were pleasantly surprised."
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