I suspect people always thought I had a boyfriend, so nobody came after me.
– Ziyi Zhang
My profession has helped me to grow up.
Chinese women are much more modest than American women when it comes to clothes. We tend to show less flesh.
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 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.
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.
Even though I’ve done Hollywood films, I still don’t think of myself as a Hollywood actress.
Whatever you see – any good results – are all from the pressure.
I was really interested in geishas’ work, and wanted to meet real geishas.
For myself I don’t like the geisha look. It’s like a mask.
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.
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 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.
I’ve discovered that I value simplicity above all in dressing. I don’t like anything I wear to be too complicated or fussy.
I want, through my roles, to express the parts in the hearts of Chinese women that they feel unable to let out.
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.
I wanted to become a kindergarten teacher like my mother.
There’s nothing in Chinese culture that is an equivalent of the geisha. It’s so different, so special to Japan.
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!