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Q & A with Lucy Liu

The accomplished actress and artist tells us about her new TV series, "Elementary," her new movie, "The Man with the Iron Fists," plus how she stays healthy.

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Have you seen any victories against this scourge since joining UNICEF?

Yes, victories in the sense of saving one child at a time. Small as that is, it can make a huge difference. One of the most important things is education. People don't think it happens in the United States. It does. It's a terrible and tragic issue.

At 43 you're in amazing shape. What's your secret?

I enjoy my life. I think that stretching is the best way to keep in shape. It sounds docile in terms of other sports you can do. But I think the more flexible you are the longer you'll live. And I think it's the key to being youthful. My Pilates instructor's mother is in her 90s! I do Pilates, too. I love doing it. It's strengthening and helps you maintain your flexibility. I also love running. You can run a mile or two; you don't have to do it every day. It keeps your head in the game.

Do you have a health philosophy?

If you can't touch your toes now, it doesn't mean you'll never touch your toes. It just means it's time to get involved and get into it.

You're an accomplished painter, photographer and sculptor, with shows of your work displayed in New York and Berlin. For you, is artistic expression key to good health?

Any kind of expression is healthy. Whatever you need to get out of your system, you should get out. You shouldn't bottle anything up! For me, it helps me to feel like everything is moving in the right direction. It's like the idea of the Dead Sea; there's no channel for it to go through, so it just stops. Without that flow there's no movement. I think the same is true [with expression]. If it's moving, it's probably safer.

How do you feel about aging in Hollywood? Terrifying or totally overblown?

I love knowing myself more and more. I was kind of crazy in my 20s. I feel much better about myself now than I ever have.

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Reviewed on August 14, 2012

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