|Chinese name||å¼µæ›¼çŽ‰ (traditional)|
|Pinyin||ZhÄng MÃ nyÃ¹ (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Zoeng1 Maan6 Juk6 (Cantonese)|
20 September 1964 |
British Hong Kong
|Years active||1984â€“2004, 2010|
|Spouse(s)||Olivier Assayas (1998â€“2001; divorced)|
Because I've done so many different roles, I don't want to repeat myself. It's getting harder and harder to find something interesting. You never know – I might never make a film again.
I think I started to have thoughts to really want to be serious about my work when I was about twenty-five, and I just kind of started to look into that direction and moved into it.
I think it comes from far away inside me, to be strong to survive everything that comes my way. I think, going back to the beginning, feeling like an alien in an English school when I was eight, that set up my pride very early on. I think I'm very defensive, but I'm trying not to be like that anymore.
I've played a ghost, cat, snake. I've been funny, sad. I've been filmed flying on screen. So why not spend time on something else? I don't need to accept everything I'm offered.
I don't really want a film as a present; you can get me a diamond ring.
I was always the hero's girlfriend or wife – actually, the woman with no voice.
I did 75 films. I didn't take a break; I didn't spend my money. I have my savings, so when you're not working for money anymore, then you should find things that are meaningful and not just be like, 'OK, that's another day gone.'
People get surprised by my choices. But that comes from me looking for something new.
I need to be doing different things all the time; it's just part of who I am.