Queen of action

Queen of action
Cinema Still: Divergent, starring Maggie Q (left) and Shailene Woodley.

Maggie Q is an "action flick chick" - and proud of it.

The 34-year-old US actress is best known for playing tough-as-nails femme fatales on both the big and small screens.

Her most prolific role to date was the titular rogue spy-assassin in the hit TV series Nikita. She has also starred in an array of action blockbusters like Live Free Or Die Hard, Mission: Impossible III and Priest.

Now Q, whose real name is Margaret Denise Quigley, has joined the cast of yet another actioner.

Now showing here, Divergent revolves around a distant future where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. She plays Tori Wu, a Dauntless faction member who administers the aptitude test for heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley, right), alerts her of her dangerous divergent status and warns her of the impending peril.

Q, who looked bohemian at the recent Divergent press junket in a fur-like vest worn over a slip dress with beachy waves and black nail polish, talked about her latest movie with The New Paper.

Is action a requirement when you are taking on new roles?

Maggie Q: I like to put myself in a box that I can't get out of.

I would be afraid of being typecasted if I had nothing else to offer. I guess it's better to be known for something than to be known for nothing.

It's a box I'm sure I'll have to climb out of at some point, like I'm sure (US actress) Jennifer Aniston doesn't want to do another romantic comedy.

It came natural to me. I was a very physical person - I was an athlete - before I got into the business. And then when I got noticed, I fell into that world.

I asked a director once, when I was 21 or 22, why he wanted me for all these strong roles.

He said: "Maggie, it's not about the physicality. Anyone can do physicality. I can go to any dojo (a place in which martial arts are practised) in the world and pull out a martial artist and put him in a movie and it would work.

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