Zhang Ziyi is a Chinese actress born in Beijing in February 1979 to Zhang Yuanxiao, an accountant and economist, and Li Zhousheng, a kindergarten teacher. Zhang is known as one of the four Dan Actresses of China, meaning she is one of the most successful actresses from the region. She started studying dance when she was 8 years old, later joining the Beijing Dance Academy at age 11. When she was 15, she won the national youth dance championship; after this, she started appearing in television commercials in Hong Kong. Later, at the age of 17 she entered China’s prestigious Central Academy of Drama. While at the Central Academy of Drama she was offered her first role by director Zhang Yimou in the film The Road Home, which won the Silver Bear prize at the 2000 Berlin International Film Festival. She is best known for her performance in Crouching Tiger, Memoirs of a Geisha, Hidden Dragon, and Rush Hour 2. Her very first American role was in Rush Hour 2, where she starred with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. She has received international and Asian-region endorsements and is a spokesperson for “Care for Children,” a Chinese foster home program. For a while she was engaged to Aviv Nevo, a venture capitalist, but they separated in late 2010.
9 February 1979
No Formal Training
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er background as a dancer and gymnast has allowed her to pick up martial arts choreography and techniques very quickly – as well as the work ethic and endurance required to succeed in the martial arts genre.
Zhang then began dating TV host Sa Beining in 2011,but the two also split. Currently, Zhang has been in a relationship with Wang Feng, a Chinese rock artist who proposed to her in February of this year. Zhang has starred in about 30 films, and received about 20 awards. She is an extremely successful actress and model and continues to represent China in a positive way. With her poise, she has been ranked one of the most beautiful Chinese women.
Zhang has experience in dance from the Beijing Dance Academy, and graduated from Central Drama Academy, which is one of the top acting colleges in China. Deemed one of the Dan Actresses of China, she represents herself in a graceful and beautiful way. Zhang was ranked 2nd of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Taiwan Magazine and listed in People’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” Her beauty stretches further than outer beauty, as she is the global ambassador for the Special Olympics and a spokesperson for a foster-home program in China called “Care for Children.” She achieved fame in the Western world when she played roles in Rush Hour 2 and Memoirs of a Geisha, for which she received a 2006 Golden Globe Award nomination, a SAG Awards nomination and a BAFTA nomination. For the movie 2046, Zhang was the female lead and won the Hong Kong Film Critics’ Best Actress Award and the Hong Kong Film Academy’s Best Actress Award. Beyond her acting work in American films, she has performed using acrobatics for fight scenes in movies like Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon. The secret is, however, that she does not actually know any martial arts and has been able to use her dance experience from when she was a child to mimic fighting choreography. Her experience has allowed her to hold a respected and valued opinion in the entertainment history, as she was a member of the jury at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. She has modeled for a number of companies, including Maybelline cosmetics and Pantene Shampoo. One of her personal quotes is a good representation of her beautiful soul, “In China, we don’t consider someone truly beautiful until we have known them for a long time, and we know what’s underneath the skin.