The very stunning Maggie Q has been redefining fierce females roles since she started acting over a decade and a half ago. Known best for her performance on CW spy series “Nikita” (the second television series based on the popular French film “La Femme Nikita”), Maggie has been steadily building a strong acting presence over the past decade or so.
Born in Hawaii to an Irish/Polish father and Vietnamese mother, Margaret Quigley (Maggie’s full name) was very athletic student at Mililani High School, as she was active in cross-country, swimming and track & field. She had intended to go study veterinary science in college. However, even with an athletic scholarship, the finances were still not there to pursue that goal. So, the girl who was voted “Best Body” in high school took a stab a modeling.
At the age of 17, Maggie went overseas to begin her modeling career. She started in a Tokyo and made a stop in Taipei before finding the most success in Hong Kong. In was in Hong Kong where she first caught the attention of Jackie Chan. It wasn’t just Q’s beauty that put her on Chan’s radar. It was the potential he saw in her becoming a top notch star for the strenuous type of action films Chan is noted for. Despite not having any martial arts whatsoever, Maggie threw herself into an intensive training regimen that made all the difference.
The payoff was Maggie getting a role in blockbuster film “Rush Hour 2”. She also got roles in Hong Kong cinema actioners “Gen-Y Cops” and “Naked Weapon”. Her affiliation with Jackie Chan also got her a part in Chan’s 2004 remake of “Around the World in 80 Days.”
The 2006-2007, Maggie got her first real big time exposure as an action star and leading lady. She starred as Zhen Lei, a member of Ethan Hunt’s Impossible Missions Force in “Mission Impossible III”. She then portrayed the fierce second-in-command/love interest to arch-villain, Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) in the surprisingly decent “Live Free or Die Hard”. She also got to venture into the comedy realm with “Balls of Fury”.
Most recently, Maggie just completed her lead role on the well-received “Nikita”. After finishing this signature performance, she jumped right into the lead of the new CBS crime drama, “Stalker” (where she stars alongside former “The Practice” heartthrob, Dylan McDermott). She also has a major role as Tori Wu in the blockbuster film trilogy, “Divergent”.
One that thing that Maggie enjoyed about starring in “Nikita” was that she no longer needed to conceal her tattoos for a role. Maggie’s most noticeable tattoo is a stunning large phoenix on her left hip. For Maggie, it represents her struggle to grow and succeed in her chosen path; to rise from where she started to something more spectacular (quite an accurate metaphor).
As you can see from the last picture, she also has a scripted phrase running along side her left torso (alas, I cannot find out its meaning). Maggie also has a design of Asian characters on her left forearm and what appears to be Sanskrit on her right forearm. However, I have not be able to find out their meaning either.
You can find out more about Maggie at her fan site: http://www.maggie-q.us/
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