Delightful Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi broke out in 1999 after her remarkable role in The Road Home. The movie which was her first major role ushered her into the bigger platform and she began getting more significant roles. The talented actress is also known for her role in the action comedy Rush Hour 2 released in 2001 as well as Memoirs of a Geisha which earned her lots of recognition and accolades. Some of them include a nomination for Best Actress –Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes, and also other platforms. Here are lesser known facts about her.
Zhang Ziyi Biography, Age
She was born on February 9, 1979, in Beijing, China to her parents; Zhang Yuanxiao – father and Li Zhousheng – mother. Zhang’s father worked as an accountant while her mother worked as a Kindergarten teacher. Young Ziyi started to develop an inclination to the performing arts at a young age. Always interested in dancing, she enrolled in a dancing school at the age of 11. She really stood out among her peers in the school and even won the national youth dance championship. She also made several appearances in TV commercials.
After seeking for movie roles, Zhang Ziyi made her debut in Touching Straight, a Television film. She landed another role in the film The Road Home which won her the Best Actress Award at the Hundred Flowers Awards in 2000. That same year she starred in the martial arts film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The movie shot her to international fame and she gradually became a sensation in the industry.
After winning several awards, Zhang became popular on America’s screens and then went on to star in the action comedy Rush Hour 2, which was her very first American film and her first villain role. Afterward, she starred in Hero (2002), directed by Zhang Yimou. Following the success of the movie, Ziyi was further pushed to prominence and starred in a lot of other notable movies.
She did not exempt the martial arts genre in her choice of roles. Ziyi in 2004 starred as a young bling fighter in the movie, House of Flying Daggers alongside Takeshi Kaneshiro and Andy Lau. After earning a nomination for her role at the BAFTA Awards, she went on to appear in 2046, also released in 2004.
The talented actress awoke her dancing spirit in Memoirs of a Geisha, an adaptation of the novel of the same name. She played the lead character, Sayuri a talented Japanese geisha. After a whirlwind performance, Ziyi earned lots of nomination on various award platforms. This included the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress –Motion Picture drama, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in A Leading Role, and many others.
Her Net Worth
Zhang Ziyi sits on a net worth estimated at a whopping $100 million. The actress has her movie stints and commercial successes of the works to thank for her financial status. Ziyi admitted that the movie Rush Hour 2 created a befitting platform for her in the industry.
Asides from her movie roles, Ziyi has had endorsement deals that have contributed greatly to her financial status. This includes her ambassadorial deals with brands like Omega Watches, Visa, Maybelline, and many others.
Personal Life – Husband, Daughter
Being in the public eye, Ziyi never succeeds in concealing issues relating to her personal life no matter how hard she tries. The talented actress is married to Wang Feng, a Chinese rock musician. The couple got married in 2015 and have been together since then. The duo welcomed their daughter Wang Xingping in December 2015, the same year they tied the knot.
Before Feng Weng, Zhang Ziyi dated Aviv Nevo, an Israeli American venture capitalist. They went their separate ways in 2010. The talented actress was also in a relationship with TV host Sa Beining. Although the facts are not clear, the two reportedly broke up in 2013.
Body Measurements – Height and Weight
For her distinctive roles and stunts, Zhang Ziyi has got the right body. She stands at a height of 1.65 m (5ft 5in) which is quite proportional to her weight of 50 kg (110 lbs). She is known for her curvy slender body covered with flawless soft skin, giving her an everyday-young look.