Maggie Q credits mentor Jackie Chan
LOS ANGELES — "Nikita" is beginning a new season on CW, starring the dashing Maggie Q. She says she first learned martial arts with Jackie Chan.
"When I was living and working in Asia, at the time Jackie was looking for these new young people to star in movies that he was producing, not starring in, but producing. So his team of guys trained me when I was very young in different disciplines," Q says.
"They sort of — they broke me basically and sort of molded me. They gave me my introduction. I wouldn't say they taught me everything at all because I have to tell you, once I got to Hollywood, I feel like that's when I really, really got into the action genre because I felt like the people here — we really got the time to focus on things when we're booked for a project. They were very serious. They're like, 'Listen, we're going to train you from the ground up. This is how we're going to make you real.' So it does become very real. You can't fake this stuff. You can't. You either know it, or you don't."