Maggie Q is a mix of Irish, Polish and Vietnamese ancestry. Her mother met her father while he was stationed in Vietnam during the war.
Maggie Q went to Mililani Waena Elementary School and Wheeler Intermediate School, followed by Mililani High School where she was active in sports. She won "Best Body" in her senior year.
Maggie Q began modeling at 17 in Tokyo.
Maggie Q later segued into acting with her first role in the TV drama "House of the Dragon" and subsequently became a star in Hong Kong. Other roles followed, including "Manhattan Midnight" and her breakout role "Rush Hour 2." She was cast in "Mission Impossible: III," "Live Free or Die Hard," "Balls of Fury," and "Deception," among others.
Maggie Q said in regards to acting in both Hong Kong and Hollywood, "I'm very lucky. I have to say, I'm overly blessed. I have been able to cross over and work with great people, and sort of come back to Asia also and do work here that means something to me, and be able to get it the attention it deserves over in the West" (cnn.com).
When asked how she maintains her looks with all the fight scenes, Maggie Q said, "I don't maintain the looks. You should see me during an action film. I look like an abuse victim. I go to restaurants, and I say 'excuse me,' as I lift my arm, and I got this massive five-inch bruise and people always look at me like I'm crazy. And I like that. It's cool to have scars and get bruised and be tough. You know, when I need to move my sofa I could do it myself. And I like that. I don't need to call anyone" (askmen.com).
Maggie Q is a strong advocate for animals, and has taken part of the PETA Asia campaign. She is also a vegetarian. Asked if she would date non-vegans, Maggie Q said, "Yes. I'll change them in the end. There was a time when I thought I could only date vegans. I was wrong because I was missing the fact that somebody should be right for me first, instead of just having similar values. That's where I was wrong, but it was a great learning experience" (askmen.com).