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At Mililani High, Margaret Quigley did not run with the popular kids — she ran track and swam. Today, known as Maggie Q, she’s one of the hottest models and actresses in the world

Yu Shing Ting
Friday - June 22, 2007
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In Live Free or Die Hard, Maggie Q plays deadly operative Mai, pictured here with Matt Farrell played by Justin Long
In Live Free or Die Hard, Maggie Q plays deadly
operative Mai, pictured here with Matt Farrell
played by Justin Long

in the TV drama House of the Dragon, which was a huge hit in Asia. Following the success of the series, she starred in the horror film Model from Hell, and then in GenY Cops, in which she made such an impression on Jackie Chan that he had her cast in the award-winning film Manhattan Midnight.

In 2002, she starred in the popular action film Naked Weapon, which was directed by Tony Ching Siu Tung, who was also the action choreographer for Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Her more recent films include The Counting House, a horror film for Italy’s Rai Entertainment; Dragon Squad, a Hong Kong feature where she plays a sniper; and House of Harmony, a German/Singapore television mini-series.

She also recently returned from China where she filmed Three Kingdoms with Hong Kong super-star Andy Lau.“It’s basically a post-Han Dynasty epic war movie about two families quarreling for the three kingdoms in the north in China,“notes Maggie.“It’s going to be released worldwide, and we are going to try to get a release in the U.S. as well, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to go back and do this.

Don’t mess with Maggie
Don’t mess with Maggie

“Not only is it an amazing script with a great director, a wonderful cast and a great project, but sometimes with Asian films you can have really great films, but because they don’t have Asian actors who are recognized internationally, those films don’t get seen. So, because of my involvement,hopefully I can get and rally some attention for this.”

Along with her growing list of film credits, Maggie also has served as the face for countless top-name products in Asia,including Shiseido, Nivea, Coca-Cola, Dermalogica, Lancel, Max Factor, Haojue Suzuki Motorcycle, Lux Personal Wash Products and Sofina Facial Skin-Care.

In Live Free or Die Hard, Maggie plays Mai, a hacker working against the government. She says she performs 95 percent of her own stunts, and describes her role as the quintessential action chick in the film.

“I play a bad guy, which is great for me because it’s funner,” she shares.“People always say it’s funner to play the bad guy and it actually is.I normally don’t ever in films, so that was one of the draws for me.

“The movie is a very contemporary piece. The story is going to hit people kind of right where the fear and everything is.

“Bruce Willis is very funny and he’s a very hard worker. Bruce and I, we have a lot of physical stuff in the film.There’s a lot of fighting and a lot of action, so that was interesting because our style of fighting is very different.We sort of learned a lot from each other, and it was pretty hilarious.”

Next up is a smaller, independent movie in which Maggie will star in and co-produce with John Woo.

“I love big studio films - they’re amazing and there are a lot of perks,” says Maggie. “But after a big movie like Die Hard you want to scale it down and just be more concentrated on the material and have a bit more of an intimate experience with your director and with

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