Lucy Liu and Rockwell Lloyd | Source: Getty Images
Lucy Liu and Rockwell Lloyd | Source: Getty Images

Rockwell Lloyd Is Lucy Liu's Son She Was Totally in Love with from His First Months

Manuela Cardiga
Feb 24, 2023
05:15 P.M.

Actress Lucy Liu, best known as Joan Watson in the TV show "Elementary," and for her role in "Charlie's Angels," is the proud mother of a son named Rockwell Lloyd, born via surrogacy.


In late August 2015, Lucy Liu made headlines after welcoming her first son, Rockwell Lloyd, through surrogacy. Shortly after the baby was born, Liu took to Instagram to share a photo of herself tenderly cradling her son.

The baby news surprised friends and fans because Liu had always kept her private life out of the spotlight. Almost no one knew about her surrogate's pregnancy, and her non-traditional road to motherhood was a bombshell.

Lucy Liu with her son Rockwell Lloyd as she receives her star on the Walk of Fame in 2019, in Hollywood. | Source: : Getty Images

Lucy Liu with her son Rockwell Lloyd as she receives her star on the Walk of Fame in 2019, in Hollywood. | Source: : Getty Images

Born on December 2, 1968, in New York City, Lucy Liu earned a degree in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan before she became involved in acting. Her breakthrough role came when she was cast as the vicious lawyer Ling Woo in the hit series "Ally McBeal."


You don't have to have a traditional family. It's how you love your family.

As her career blossomed with roles in films like the "Charlie's Angels" series with Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz and TV series like "Elementary" and "Why Women Kill," Liu always refused to comment on her personal life until she made the explosive announcement that she had become a mother in 2015.


Why Lucy Liu Chose Surrogacy

The actress attributed her decision to have a child through surrogacy to her hectic work schedule. Liu was 47 at the time of Rockwell's birth, which might have been a factor. She said:

“It just seemed like the right option for me because I was working, and I didn’t know when I was going to be able to stop. I decided that was probably the best solution for me, and it turned out to be great.”

She shared that she found herself entranced from the moment she saw Rockwell and felt as if she'd taken a love potion during the first few months of motherhood because she was "totally in love."

The actress, who suffered a barrage of criticism at the time of Rockwell's birth, has become an advocate for non-traditional families, from single parents to gay couples and transgender children, appealing to love and understanding above all.


How Lucy's Life Changed after Rockwell Lloyd's Arrival

At first, being a new mom wasn't easy, but as time passed, she became accustomed to the lifestyle changes and organized her rigorous schedule around her baby. Liu also pointed out that she had "a lot of help" so Rockwell could be comfortable with and without her.

During those early years, Rockwell Lloyd lived according to his mom's work plan, too. In the mornings, Liu would take him to rehearsals, and he would be with her during hair and makeup. When Liu had to go on set, she'd hand Rockwell over to his nurse, who'd care for him the day.

According to the "Charlie's Angels" star, that schedule was good as Rockwell could see different faces. In another, the actress pointed out that she didn't realize people were critical of how she expanded her family until her friends told her about it.


Rockwell's Fifth Birthday

All the negativity didn't stop the actress from collaborating with Tylenol on their "How We Family" campaign, which focused on showing people that there's not just one right way to have a family. She said:

“Tylenol is encouraging other people to share their stories and say, 'You don't have to have a traditional family. It's how you love your family.'"

In August 2020, Lucy Liu and Rockwell Lloyd made headlines again after the actress shared a rare photo of him on social media in honor of his fifth birthday. The post showed Rockwell wearing a white shirt, red shorts, and a colorful birthday hat while blowing out his birthday candle. The actress described Rockwell as a "rainbow of light."


Lucy Once Shared The Meaning Of Rockwell's Name

The actress revealed the origin of her son's unusual name. Liu was on location filming and saw a store called "Rockwell," and the name struck her as perfect, so she tucked it away in the back of her mind until her son was born. She said:

“I know a lot of people are like, ‘Oh, that’s a surname.’ But I think sometimes surnames are stronger than first names.”

As for Rockwell, he seems to like his name. The actress revealed that when he was four years old, he firmly corrected an adult who addressed him as Rocky.


In a Mother's Day post on May 8, 2022, the actress shared photos of herself and Rockwell on the beach over the years. She captioned the post, writing:

"Being a mother makes my world so colorful. My son opens my eyes to the beauty of being present every day - Nature in its purest form. Thank you to all the Mothers who exemplify strength and selflessness. You inspire me to no end. Happy Mother's Day 🥰"

For Lucy Liu, it seems that every day is mother's day as she immerses herself in the experience of watching her boy grow up.

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