Li Bingbing is a Chinese actress and singer probably not well known to American audiences, but she is a superstar in China. (She won the Chinese version of the Academy Awards for Best Actress, the Golden Horse Awards, for her work in “The Message.”) Some fans may recognize her from “Resident Evil: Retribution” or “The Forbidden Kingdom.” She will appear in the film “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
Apparently, Li Bingbing has over 12 million followers on Weibo.com, the Chinese version of Twitter.
Growing up, she had no intention of becoming an actress, and initially sought to become a teacher. It was after she graduated that she got bitten by the acting bug and joined the Shanghai Theatre Academy. She said when she left home for school, her dad told her to live by six words: self-esteem, self-respect, self-value, confidence, independence, and self-improvement. “These words have been flowing in my blood since; they are a part of me” (timeout.com/hk).
li Bingbing told chinatopix.com that she was a virgin in college. “Some people said there are no virgins in drama schools…as my parents are very strict…I thought falling in love was an evil thing.”
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Li Bingbing made her debut in “Seventeen Years,” and her career has not stopped since. Though she appeared in “Resident Evil: Retribution,” all of her dialogue was dubbed by the woman who voiced Ada Wong in the video games.
As for her career, she said, “Sometimes we don’t have to think about what we’re gonna do next. I think a lot of things are given by fate. But there’s a philosophy that I live by, if God gives you a big cake, he first has to torture you a little bit” (collider.com).
As for learning English, she said, “Learning another language is actually learning a new culture.” She said she doesn’t surf the Internet. “I can stay at home for twenty days without going out.”
As for the difference between Chinese and American movie-making, Li Bingbing said, “I was surprised that we get weekends off on a Hollywood movie…the greatest difference may be that the budget of a Hollywood movie is large enough to fully prepare and fully execute.”
She is officially single, though rumors have swirled that she is secretly married. Li Bingbing resides in China.