Maggie Q smolders on the cover of the current issue of “Emmy” magazine, hitting newsstands on April 5. Our favorite heroine discusses the comparisons between the CW’s “Nikita” and the other female-centric action shows that have come before it.
“I think we’ve evolved in the genre since ‘Buffy’ and ‘Alias,'” she says, referring to some of the stunts and more dangerous sequences that have made “Nikita” a success. “I remember seeing bad wigs on doubles. Then they cut to a closeup, then there’s a wide shot and you know the actress is not doing it.”
Maggie does her own action work, which contributes to the quality of the finished product. “When I fight, you’re right there in our faces, very Bourne. You expect that from that caliber [of film], so why wouldn’t you expect it on TV?” she says.
When Maggie was cast as Nikita, she became the first Asian actress with a lead role in a broadcast television drama. If that surprises you, you’re not alone — Maggie herself was shocked that no one had come before her. “It was a mixed moment of ‘Wow! What? How come this hasn’t happened
yet?'” she tells the mag. “But what really thrills me is that it’s going to be exciting for
other people, for everyone after me. Once it was said, ‘They aren’t
hiring minorities in this capacity.’ Guess what? Now they are.”