American actress Lucy Liu, known for playing one of Charlie’s Angels in the 2003 film and for her portrayal of Ling Woo in the hit television series Ally McBeal, introduced her first child to the world on August 27 via social media.
The 46-year-old beauty’s son was conceived via gestational surrogacy. She posted an adorable black and white photo of her holding her newborn to Twitter and Instagram, along with the sweet caption, “Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu. In [heart emoticon]!”
A representative of Liu confirmed the good news in a statement to the Daily Mail. They said that Liu “is the proud mother” of Rockwell, who was “brought into the world via [a] gestational carrier.”
A gestational surrogate is generally used when a woman is unable to carry a pregnancy on her own. The carrier is unrelated to the embryo implanted in her, which is typically created by IVF (in vitro fertilization) and commonly known as a “test-tube baby.”
There is no word yet on who the father is or if Liu used a donor. Despite staying mum on her love life, Liu has most recently been linked to billionaire businessman Noam Gottesmnan, writer/director Zach Helm, and actor Will McCormack.
Although this is Lucy Liu’s first child, children have always been a priority for her, just in a different way. The Elementary star, who has been in the news for traveling around the world to help children in need, is also an official U.S. Fund for UNICEF ambassador, a position she’s held since 2004. Being an active philanthropist, Liu joined hands with Heinz to battle the global threat of malnutrition among children in developing areas of the world. And in spite of being a successful Hollywood actress and philanthropist, Liu has also been involved in several notable documentaries, such as The Road to Traffik and Redlight, about raising awareness for various different issues.
She spoke to People magazine in the past, explaining that her work was about spreading the message to “help children and educate ourselves,” as that education is really the “key to understanding what needs to change for these kids in the future.”
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Vanmetre, E., “Lucy Liu welcomes first son Rockwell Lloyd Liu via gestational surrogate,” New York Daily News web site, August 27, 2015; http://goo.gl/DI8v0L.