LOS ANGELES -- Dirty girl Lucy Liu is swapping partners.
The 39-year-old actress, currently voicing a martial-arts-fighting viper in Kung Fu Panda, confirms she's joining ABC's Dirty, Sexy Money now that the network's Cashmere Mafia is sleeping with the cashmere fishes.
Who will she be playing on Money? Is it a regular role? Recurring? Or a guest stint, like her arc on Ugly Betty?
Liu says she isn't even sure. "Honey, you have to tune in. I mean, you know, you work on something and you don't even know if you made the final cut."
Fair enough. Besides which, Liu acknowledges, she's still feeling the sting of Mafia's cancellation. "We had such a fun time on it and I felt like it was really a great thing to be a part of because it was something that I hadn't seen on TV myself."
Liu came to fame on TV's Ally McBeal a decade ago, but has until recently almost exclusively been making films. Still, she doesn't consider her return to prime-time turf a step backward. "To me, it's not about the idea of what's the medium. It's just what I find character-wise more interesting. And creatively for me, too. Because when I was doing Ally McBeal, I was able to do tons of different movies too."