She starred in the Sex and the City–inspired TV show Cashmere Mafia on ABC.Liu also made a cameo appearance on Futurama (as herself and robot duplicates) in the episodes "I Dated a Robot" and "Love and Rocket", and on The Simpsons in the season 16 episode "Goo Goo Gai Pan." In 2002, Liu played Rita Foster in Vincenzo Natali's Brainstorm (a k a Cypher).
Liu's part on the series was originally temporary, but high audience ratings secured Liu as a permanent cast member.
Additionally, she earned a Primetime Emmy Award In Payback (1999), Liu portrayed Pearl, a high-class BDSM prostitute with links to the Chinese mafia.
John Watson -- on "Elementary," which she also directs at times."I love being part of something that is historic and in a literary world, and being again part of something that's very traditional and take it and make it modern," she said.
"It's an honor to be part of something that's so well-embraced and well-loved."Liu says she wants more of that kind of shake-up in Hollywood, and for there to be more awareness and discussion about the lack of minority representation.
"Liu is working with Tylenol on the #How We Family campaign to show people that there isn't one right way to have a family."It supports all kinds of families," she said.
"People have different opinions on how it's done, but Tylenol is encouraging other people to share their stories and say, 'You don't have to have a traditional family.
Subsequently, Liu appeared on several episodes of Joey with Matt Le Blanc, who played her love interest in the Charlie's Angels films.
She also had minor roles as Kitty Baxter in the film Chicago and as a psychologist opposite Keira Knightley in the thriller Domino.
That's the support system, really."The "Elementary" star says she also wants her fans to know that being a single mom does not have to mean having to raise a child alone."I don't really raise [Rockwell] by myself," she said.
"I have a lot of friends and a group of people who help me. If you can manage on your own, that's fine, but people shouldn't feel that they have to be alone while doing it."Liu is keeping her plans for her first Mother's Day very low-key."I'm just going to spend time with [Rockwell] and my friends and family and just simplify," she said.
Soon thereafter, she appeared as O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film, Kill Bill.