TV & FILM
01/02/2014 03:58 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Lucy Liu On 'Ally McBeal': I Almost Turned It Down

Actress Lucy Liu arrives for the American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House, Monday, May 13, 2013 in
Actress Lucy Liu arrives for the American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House, Monday, May 13, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP)

From her current role as Dr. Joan Watson on "Elementary" to past stints like "Charlie's Angels" and "Cashmere Mafia," Lucy Liu is a big name in Hollywood these days.

But in an interview with Metro, the actress admitted that she almost turned down the role that kickstarted her career: Ling Woo on "Ally McBeal."

"I had auditioned for a more regular role on Ally McBeal and I didn't get it but then they came back a few weeks later with this guest star role and at the same time I was being offered a play," she said. "I wanted to do the play because it was more artistic. But my manager insisted I take 'Ally McBeal.'"

"I said ‘no.’ I passed on it a couple of times," she said, according to the British newspaper The Independent. "I just thought, you know what, to take something that’s a movie that was very recent and a current TV show, I just didn’t know what could be different about it.”

Hey, sometimes playing hard to get is the way to go!

Catch Liu on "Elementary" tonight, Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.

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