Kicking butt looks like second nature to Maggie Q, star of the spy drama reboot “Nikita,” in which she plays a government-trained assassin gone rogue. It’s a trait that she picked up while working as an action star in East Asia for nearly a decade (she was a student/model there when Jackie Chan trained her to star in films he was producing), but that doesn’t mean perfecting killer moves has gotten any easier.
“Because … I’m half Asian, [people] immediately go, ‘Oh, well, you do kung fu.’ Like that’s what we do. We wake up. We do kung fu. We brush our teeth. That’s what we do,” jokes the 31-year-old, who was raised in Hawaii. “So it’s just assumed that you’re not working your ass off to make this believable and make this something great. I’ve been doing it for long enough that I have a formula that works for me. But it certainly isn’t something that I can close my eyes and do. Absolutely not.”
On the contrary, the actress who insists on doing her own stunts admits she’s “cracked and fractured a lot of different body parts” throughout her career. But that doesn’t keep her from wanting to work at any pace less than full-throttle.
“When I was living and working in Asia, they did films sometimes in two weeks. So I actually realize now that I’m very used to [the fast pace of television], and I kind of enjoy getting it [scenes] out of the way and saying, ‘Let’s move on. Let’s do something cool again.’”