‘The Protégé’ Interview: Maggie Q Talks Her Killer Role And Why She’s Drawn To Them

I would argue there are very few actors as credible playing skilled killers than Maggie Q. That might be an odd compliment to give, but it’s true. There’s a reason why she has been thrilling audiences in these roles in everything from Mission: Impossible III to Nikita, the latter a TV version of Luc Besson’s classic assassin film La Femme Nikita. In The Protégé , she employs a lethal set of skills as a hit-woman out for revenge against those who murdered her best friend and mentor, only to find things complicated by a suave player who could either be a lover or her next target.

I had a chance to talk with Maggie Q about The Protégé , and we talked about the qualities within her that make her so perfect for these roles. She also discussed starring alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton, and working with veteran James Bond director Martin Campbell and the experience he brought to the table.

The Protégé is in theaters now. Check out my review here and the interview below!

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.