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Asian/American actress Maggie Q is our Celebrity/Film issue cover girl, and we couldn’t be prouder. Shot on location by the incomparable Matthieu Bitton and styled by LA based visionary Rodney Burns, Maggie Q is more than what meets the eye.
On one side Q (born Margaret Denise Quigley) has been fighting her way to the top of the entertainment industry where she kicks butt for a living in her film and television career. The other Maggie is the half Vietnamese and half Irish/Polish natural beauty who leads a quiet life away from the cameras with the leading man in her life, fiancé and actor Dylan McDermott and their rescue dogs.
Q was raised in Honolulu Hawaii and started modeling at the age of 17 in Tokyo. She began acting after being spotted by Jackie Chan in Hong Kong, and in 1998 landed her first big TV Drama- House of the Dragon. She has been acting steadily ever since, and starred in the highly acclaimed television series Nikita- one of the first television shows with an Asian American actress as a leading lady, and can be seen playing Tori Wu in the Divergent film series.
On a quick climb to the top, the stunning Q’s career has moved as fast as the characters she plays in her action films. Playing alongside leading men like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible III, Jackie Chan in Rush Hour 2 and Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard, Q is a self-proclaimed stunt junkie who prefers to do all of her own action scenes. As you read this, Q is gearing up to once again film in Toronto for her new ABC show Designated Survivor with 24’s Keifer Sutherland (Nikita was shot in Toronto over 4 seasons).
A vegetarian and animal rescuer who promotes the work of PETA and the Best Friends Organization, Q tends to shy away from the limelight- social media and big events are not her cup of tea. More likely to be seen at a PETA fundraiser than a red carpet dinner, these days Q spends her time in LA focused on wedding planning and working on developing Red Flag, where she will produce and star in a limited series set in the early 1800s and centers on Ching Shih (Maggie Q), a beautiful young Chinese prostitute who becomes one of history’s most powerful pirates and head of the most successful crime syndicate in China.
Some say actors are a dime a dozen- but one can’t help but fall in love with both Maggie’s resume, her style and her determination making Maggie VS. Maggie a draw- a knockout in every sense of the term.