Lucy Liu opens up about becoming a single mum through a surrogate in her forties
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Lucy Liu has revealed how she ended up deciding to have a child in her late 40s via surrogate.
The Charlie's Angels and Kill Bill: Volume 1 star added another string to her bow in 2015 - the role of being a mother.
Liu's son Rockwell Lloyd - now seven years old - was born via a surrogate when Liu was 46.
The actor has since opened up about why she decided she wanted to become a mum and how she prepared.
When asked why she decided to have a child in her late 40s via surrogate, Liu told The Cut: "I didn’t have a plan. I just thought, 'I want to change the conversation a little bit'. I didn’t want to talk about the next project. I felt like I was reading the same script.
"I got tired of it. I didn’t want the same dialogue. I’d heard myself say the same things many, many times and just thought, 'Well, this can’t be what’s next.' It wasn’t enough.
"I didn’t mull it over too much. I didn’t do a lot of research, I just pulled the trigger. I can think myself out of something easily; if I think too much I won’t do it.
"It’s better for me to feel something and just go for it. A lot of people read books about parenting. I didn’t do any of that. I was like, 'When the child is here, I’m just going to figure it out'."
Eight months after her son was born, Liu explained to People the reason she chose to welcome her child via gestational surrogacy - where one person who didn't provide the egg carries the baby to term.
The actor said: "It just seemed like the right option for me because I was working and I didn’t know when I was going to be able to stop.
"I decided that was probably the best solution for me, and it turned out to be great."
One thing the actor did know for sure before having a child was that she wanted to raise them in New York.
Liu explained: "People will say, 'It’s not convenient, you don’t even have a car,' but this way, they’re going to see all the things.
"You’re going to show them what’s safe and what’s not, and they’re going to understand that through experience. It’s hard to build common sense when you’re in a car all the time. They’re going to smell the smells."