My secret dates back to -- my heart is racing -- it dates back to when I was 25 years old and I was working as a local news reporter in Dayton, Ohio. I asked my news director over the holidays, 'If anchors want to take vacations, could I fill in?' And he said, 'You will never be on this anchor desk, because you're Chinese. He said, 'Let's face it, Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton? On top of that, because of your heritage, because of your Asian eyes, sometimes I've noticed when you're on camera and you're interviewing someone, you look disinterested, you look bored.' This one big-time agent basically told me ... 'I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.'
Here's the before-and-after photo Julie provided:
No one's more proud of being Chinese than I am. And I have to live with the decisions I've made. Every decision I've made...it got [me] to where we are today, and I'm not going to look back.