Maggie Q, who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, has ancestry descendent from Irish, Polish, and Vietnamese. Born Margaret Denise Quigley, she changed her name to Maggie Q after she stepped into the world of modeling. She stepped out of the island because of her current need to earn money.
Maggie Q is known for her action-packed thrillers. She is known to do all her stunts by herself and often credits action star Jackie Chan as her tutor. Also, she often boasts about her experience working with Jackie Chan.
Before pursuing acting, Maggie had her hands in modeling as well; she was only 17 then. As a model, she had an opportunity to travel to many countries like China, the Philippines, and Taiwan. It is when she got the chance to work with Jackie Chan, that she learned professional ethics and healthy living.
After that, she was seen in lots of action movies like Rush Hour 2 (2001), Naked Weapon (2002), Dragon Squad (2005), Mission Impossible iii (2005) with Tom Cruise, and others. Maggie, who did mostly Asian movies in her early career, slowly spread her wings into Hollywood with English movies and television series.
Similarly, she was also seen in Live Free or Die Hard (2007) with Bruce Willis, The King of Fighters (2010), The Divergent Series (2014, 2015, and 2016), The Crash (2017), and others.
She has also played lead roles in the television series Nikita (2010-2013), Stalker (2014-15) with her partner Dylan McDermott, and Queen of Canton (2017). Besides, Maggie Q is also the recipient of many awards. She has won the Asian Excellence Awards (2007) and Hawaii International Film Festival (2009). Similarly, she has also featured in the video game Need for Speed: Undercover (2008).
Maggie Q has a luxurious life. She has lived in beautiful and luxurious houses in the most expensive section of towns. In 2013, she bought a historic country house for $1.3 million.
She shifted to the location of Pound Rodge, New York after selling her previous house in Studio City for $2.1 million. Her old house was equipped with all the luxury of a pool, canyon views, gym, etc.