Elementary star Lucy Liu is turning her talents to the other side of the camera, and the results can be seen in tonight’s episode when she makes her directorial debut.

As Lucy tells ET Canada, directing an episode of the hit crime drama while doing double duty as an actress was anything but elementary. “I don’t think I’ve ever run so much in circles,”; she admits, “back and forth from the video village, back to the set and then give everyone notes and then run back and get back into character.”;

Serving as both star and first-time director didn’t allow Lucy — who plays Dr. Joan Watson opposite Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes — much time for pre-production preparation, but she managed to fit it in whenever she could. “I was doing lines and running around in the episode previous instead of location scouting and just talking about the shots,”; she explains, “so instead I did that after hours and on the weekends.”;

Even though the episode marks Lucy’s first experience behind the camera, she says the years she’s spent on film and TV sets have paid off in terms of preparing her for the challenge. “I guess after being in the business for 20 years, everything is really there,”; she explains. “I didn’t know I understood this business until I really sat behind the camera and watched everything unfold.”;

 

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