Zhang Ziyi in 2014 at the Cabourg Film Festival.
|Pinyin||Zhāng Zǐyí (Mandarin)|
|Vietnamese name||Chương Tử Di|
9 February 1979 |
|Spouse(s)||Wang Feng (m. 2015)|
|Parents||Zhang Yuanxiao (father)
Li Zhousheng (mother)
I really want to do something in Europe. With a small movie, it can be an interesting challenge. But I have to get the right project. I don't think it's so important to go to Hollywood. All that trash that comes out of there! I don't want to do that.
Chinese women are much more modest than American women when it comes to clothes. We tend to show less flesh.
I've discovered that I value simplicity above all in dressing. I don't like anything I wear to be too complicated or fussy.
China's cinema has been rising for some time; it has more exposure, so my chances of becoming internationally known are better. But the first thing I have to do is learn English. If I can grasp the language, then perhaps I can think about the U.S.
Working in Hollywood, it's clear the more money you have, the more technology you can get. So you can build a whole Japanese set. Only in Hollywood!
I was really interested in geishas' work, and wanted to meet real geishas.
There's nothing in Chinese culture that is an equivalent of the geisha. It's so different, so special to Japan.
It's not that I wanted to be an actor; it's that I didn't want to be a dancer! I was trained in traditional Chinese dance, and after working so hard it seemed unfair to just disappear into a group.
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.
I suspect people always thought I had a boyfriend, so nobody came after me.
I knew nothing about martial arts. And I don't really like it! But in the film, I not only had to pretend that I knew all about it, I had to be the best at it. That was very difficult.
Even though I've done Hollywood films, I still don't think of myself as a Hollywood actress.
I always think it's really hard if you are Asian or Chinese to be really in Hollywood. There are not so many really great characters for you.
My parents sent me to a dance class, so it was a road chosen by them, not me. But I enjoyed it so much I knew I would become a performer.
I want, through my roles, to express the parts in the hearts of Chinese women that they feel unable to let out.