Wei Zhao Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Wuhu, Anhui Province, China
Birth NameZhao Wei
Nicknames Vicki
Wei wei
Xiao Wei
Height 5' 5¼" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Wei Zhao was born in Wuhu, Anhui province. She is the second child of her family. Because she is the only girl, Zhao's father named her Wei, literally "Rose". Her father was a senior engineer, her mother was a music teacher.

After filming A Soul Haunted By Painting (1994) as a figurant, Wei Zhao was inspired by Li Gong's performance and deter-minded to be an actor. In 1994, as the first year student, Zhao moved to Shanghai and entered the Star Academy, held by Chinese master Jin Xie. The same year, Zhao filmed the Behind the Wall of Shame (1995), directed by Xie. After filming several television series and advertisements, including as a leading role in Sisters in Beijing (1995), she gain a little fame in the north China. In the entrance examination, Wei Zhao obtained the highest score when she was matriculated into the acting institute of the Beijing Film Academy in 1996. When Qiong Yao casting actors in 1997, she watched Zhao's television show and impressed by her.

During 1998-1999, two seasons of My Fair Princess, adapted from Qiong Yao's novel, obtained explosive success and broke the record until today. Zhao won Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress for playing Xiao Yan Zi (Little Swallow), which considered the most phenomenon TV character of the decade. Then zhao's several series were very popular in east and southeast Asia, such as Romance in the Rain (2001), another Qiong Yao production. Zhao also became the box-office daring in mainland China and Hong Kong, for The Duel (2000), Shaolin Soccer (2001), Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002), So Close (2002).

A picture, shoot in New York, totally destoryed Zhao's hopefully career. In Dec. 3, 2001, a mainland China website upload a photo, Zhao wears a dress looks like Japanese military flag, which labeled Heatherette NYC designed by Richie Rich, published on Fashion Magazine sep issue. Most of Chinese shocked and thought their "China sweetie" betrayed the nation. After several times apology on TV Live, radio, newspaper and Internet, public have forgive her eventually. For box office failure of Green Tea (2003), My Dream Girl (2003), Goddess of Mercy (2003), several china newspapers named her as box-office poison.

In 2005, for critical acclaimed A Time to Love, Zhao won three Best Actress awards, including Shanghai Film Festival Golden Goblet Award. Drama series Moment in Peking (2005) was the most viewers tv show of the year, the highest rating episode nearly 13%. Then The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (2006), The Longest Night in Shanghai (2007) obtained positive reviews.

In 2006, Zhao back to Beijing Film Academy, study directing, and got master's degree (MFA).

Since 2008, the sustained success of movies, including Red Cliff I & II (2008-2009), Painted Skin (2008), 14 Blades (2010), Painted Skin: The Resurruction (2012), Love (2012), Hollywood Adventure (2015), Lost in Hong Kong (2015), marked Zhao as A-list box-office star in China. Alougth Mulan (2009) got mixed reviews in China, critics praised Zhao, she won Hundred Flowers Award, Changchun Film Festival Golden Deer Award and Shanghai Film Critics Award for Best Actress.

Wei Zhao's directorial debut So Young (2013) got favorable reviews, listed in many critics Top Ten of the Year, and box-office broke 110 million dollars in mainland China. Zhao won Golden Rooster Award for Best Directorial Debut, as the youngest winner of Hundred Flowers Award for Best Director, and Hong Kong Film Award for Best Chinese Language Film from Two Coasts.

For Peter Chan's Dearest (2014), Zhao, highly praised by critics and audience, was regarded as best performance of the Year. She won numerous awards and nominations, including Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress.

Vicki Zhao is the english name of Wei Zhao's music career. From 1999 to 2001, her 4 albums sold more than 3,700,000 records in Asia. During 2004-2008, Zhao's last four studio albums received welcomed reviews. And she won dozens of music awards.

Besides her career, Wei Zhao always engage in charity. Since 2004, Zhao held a scholarship in her hometown for local students. Since 2014, she held V-Love Foudation for Leukemia in Childhood.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Chinese Aladdin

Spouse (1)

You Long Huang (2008 - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (80)

Shot to fame with the role of the playful and cheeky character of Little Shallow/Princess Pearl in the Qiong Yao book-turned-TV serial Huang Zhu Ge Ge (The Return of Princess Pearl).
Has collaborated several times with Aunty Qiong Yao. Played the main character in Qiong Yao's book-turned-TV serials, such as Huang Zhu Ge Ge I, Huang Zhu Ge Ge II, Lao Fang You Xi/Biao Mei Ji Xiang, and Qing Sheng Sheng Yu Meng Meng.
Was banned (and ostracized) in China after being photographed wearing a dress made from a Japanese Battleflag. Swiftly, after her several times apology (television, newspaper, Internet and radio), Chinese public forgave her.
She bounced back into the limelight as the official ambassador for a high-profile endorsement deal for slimming centre Marie France in China.
Won 2002 Hong Kong TVB Top 10 Television Artist Awards for her performance in the popular tv drama "Qing shen shen yu meng meng" (2001).
Won 2006 Tvz.cn Top 10 Outstanding Television Awards for her performance in 2005 China champion tv drama "Moment in Peking" (2005).
Former spokesperson for Red Earth during 2001-2002.
Former spokesperson for Marie France during 2003-2004.
Graduated from the Beijing Film Academy
Family includes: Wei Qiying (mom), Zhao Jiahai (dad), Zhao Jian (older brother) & Chen Rong(Sisiter in law)
Won 2003 MTV Style Awards "Most Style Actress".
Won 2003 Lycra Channel Young Fashion Awards "China mainland Trendy Actress".
Won 2004 MTV Style Awards "Female Artist of the Year".
Won 2005 Lycra Channel Young Fashion Awards "China mainland Trendy Actress".
Won 2005 Lycra Channel Young Fashion Awards "China mainland Trendy Female Singer".
Listed in People Magazine's '100 Most Beautiful People' List in 2006.
Won 2006 MTV Asia Awards "Favorite Artist Mainland China" Award
Won 2006 Top Chinese TV Drama Awards Favorite Actress Mainland China Award for her performance in the champion TV drama "Moment in Peking"(2005).
She studied Tibet dancing for 3 years. And her performance has showed on local TV in 1994.
Her favorite foreign actresses are Isabelle Huppert and Juliette Binoche.
Her favorite Chinese actress is Gong Li.
Was the official ambassador for China National Farmer Sports Meeting in 2003.
Spokesperson for China goverment charity project - "Hope Project" from 2002-2005.
She passed 2006 China national wide postgraduate entrance examination. She has enrolled for postgraduate study at the Beijing Film Academy and will get the master degree in 2009.
Her postgraduate study professor is China famous director Tian Zhuangzhuang.
Host of CCTV 2000 Spring Festival Ceremony.
Former Ambassador of UN's "Orphan and Vulnerable Children, Children Affected by AIDS Awareness".
Won 1999 Hong Kong Metro Radio Station Most Popular Singer Award.
Won 13th Channel [V] Chinese Music Awards Favorite Female Singer, Best Music Video, and Nomiated Best Female Singer for album "Double".
Won 2005 (the 5th) Top Chinese Music Chart Awards Favorite Mainland Female Singer, 2 Top Ten Golden Melody of the Year & Nominated Best Female Singer and Best Album for album "Afloat". Nominated 2006 (the 6th) Top Chinese Music Chart Awards Best Female Singer and Best Album for "Double".
Won 2005 Asian Pacific Music Awards Top Ten Golden Melody of the Year, and Nominated Best Female Singer, Favorite Female Singer, Best Album, Best Selling Record.
Ambassador of China Welfare Fun For The Handicapped since 2006.
She is the first Mainland China actress to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Shanghai.
Spokesperson for Marie France until 2008.
Member of China Star Tennis Team since 2008.
Spokesperson of China Open since 2008.
Won 2008 Top Chinese Music Chart Awards Best Female Singer for "Angle's Suitcase".
On May 29, 2008, was the First Torchbearer of Wuhu (No. 29 city) of the 29th Olympic Games, her hometown. After torch relay, she claimed that she donated 500,000 yuan to build school for Sichuan children.
Won 2008 China Music Radio Awards Best Album and Best All-round Artist.
China's Official Ambassador of the 7th (2009) China Flower Expo.
Won 2007 MTV Style Awards "Most Stylish Mainland female singer".
Won 2007 Lycra Channel Young Fashion Awards "China Mainland Trendy Actress".
Promoter of Red Cross Society of China since 2008.
Won 2008 Sohu.com 10 Years Anniversary-Motion Picture Awards "Audience Favorite Actress of the Decade".
Won the 4th (2008) Top Chinese TV Drama Awards "Top 30 Most Infulence People of the 30 Years (1978-2008)".
Selected as China Mobile users' "Favorite Actress in a Motion Picture of 2008".
On August 6, 2009, Zhao Wei was elected the vice-president of Chinese Film Performance Art Academy.
Former Amabassador for Kanebo Aqua cosmetic during 2009-2012.
Former spokesperson for Shiseido during 2003-2004.
Member of Beijing Film Association.
Former Amabassador of Homa Fridge during 2009-2012.
Her favorite actor is Marlon Brando.
Ambassador of 2007 World Special Olympic Games (Shanghai).
Culture Ambassador of 2001 World University Games (Beijing).
Former Amabassador for Hosin Mobile during 2010-2011.
Jury member of the 13th (2010) Shanghai International Film Festival main Competition Jury.
Former Amabassador for Aussino during 2010-2011.
Former Amabassador for Kinohimitsu Collagen during 2010-2011.
Hebei Province, China Filming John Woo's epic movie "Red Cliff". [August 2007]
Hebei province, China - filming live-action film "Mulan", she play the title role "Hua Mulan". [March 2009]
Zhuhai, China Filming her new TV drama, directed by Hong Kong director Tat-Chi Yau. [August 2005]
Shanghai,China Filming The Anti's Postmodern Life which directed by Hong Kong famous female director Ann Hui(Woman Forty).And the leading actor is Chow Yun Fat. [December 2005]
Shanghai Filming Japan film "The Longest Night in Shanghai". [April 2006]
Gansu province, China. Filming battle-senses of picture "Mulan" in desert. [April 2009]
Wuhu, Anhui Province, China - filming TV-series "An Epic of a Woman" [June 2008]
Gansu province Filming Hong Kong production "14 Blades". [July 2009]
Hengdian, Zhejiang province, China, filming "Painted Skin". [January 2008]
She is the first Mainland China actress to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Chongqing.
Jury member of the 30th (2017) Tokyo International Film Festival main Competition Jury.
Jury member of the 73rd (2016) Venice International Film Festival main Competition Jury.
On 3 June 2015, Zhao Wei became the first ever Chinese actress to have left her hand-prints and footprints at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
On 20 October 2015, Zhao elected as executive member of Executive Committee of China Film Directors' Guild. She is the second female director of the committee.
In 2012, Zhao Wei graduated from the directing institute of Beijing Film Academy, with an MFA dissertation defense score of 99/100, ranking 1 out of all the graduates.
In February 2017, Zhao went back to her alma mater - School of Performing Arts, Beijing Film Academy - to be the finale round examiner/assessor of applicants for the year's intake.
Former global ambassador for Jaeger-LeCoultre during 2012-2018.
Former global spokesperson for Johnnie Walker black label during 2014-2016.
Former Amabassador of Shiseido Aprus during 2003-2004.
Former global Amabassador of Burberry of 2019.
Amabassador of FENDI ROMA since 2020.
Amabassador of geoskincare New Zealand since 2020.

Personal Quotes (22)

"It's more important that I'm liked because of my work, I don't care if people think I'm sexy or if they like or don't like me in person. Like right now when I'm talking to you on a personal level, I'm not worried about what kind of impression I leave on you." (when asked to weigh herself on the sexy stakes.)
As an actress, it is vital for one to believe dreams are reality, because each film is a dream.
"I like the bald alien look best, what about you?" - on her ugly image in Shaolin Soccer.
"I'd gotten so used to it, doing TV shows, that I'd started to ignore it. But on Shaolin Soccer it was like the camera was a new boyfriend. I felt shy around it. I really wanted to show it my emotions, but I wasn't sure if I was expressing my feelings correctly or not. It was like falling in love. And I still feel like I'm in that phase: falling in love with the camera. I still can't treat it like a husband who's been around for 10 years. If I start to feel that way. Then I'll become a director!" - on interacting with the camera during filming.
"Perhaps my most outstanding personal trait is my lack of outstanding personal traits. The characters I play have much more personality than I do. So maybe it's easier for me to slip into the various characters. Also, the parts I play are all very different. So in that sense my absence of persona is an advantage. But maybe one day I'll develop a strong personality and it'll give me a whole new kind of career." - taking a stab at defining herself.
"Life is made up of a large tragedy and many tiny moments of joy. What I can do is slowly accumulate these tiny moments of joy, and use them to face tragedy." - on the pressures placed on her being in the entertainment industry.
"I feel that artistic directors are very serious about their work, they have more experience, and their expectations will be very high. About receiving an award, I don't dare to have extravagant hopes. I am an actress that has never received an award before, he is a director that often receives awards, and my only hope is that I won't affect him." - on working with artistic director Huo Jian in Qing Ren Jie (2005).
Life is made up of a large tragedy and many tiny moments of joy.
I want to be a good actress. And I'm sure that I'm a good actress.
I really feel that optimism and openness are sweets that God gives to you. Even though one day you will finish eating them, but at least you'll know what sweet tastes like.
Everyday is a new start of a journey. Hence, there is no reason why you are not full of confidence and hope.
I have learned to look at things with an open heart. It doesn't mean that I've seen through; just that there's no need to raise a big ruckus over some issues. Life is like that; events will happen continuously to make life meaningful. Like in movies, endings with some tinge of regret are more fulfilling to the heart than happily-ever-afters. Hence, there's no need to make myself angry over untrue or rude reports. I'd rather use the energy to do more meaningful things...
I felt good after completing the entrance exam. Actually, if I set my heart to studying, I can get pretty good marks... Like the literature exam, where my result was higher than 70% of the entire student population in China. Pretty impressive, huh?
Sometimes, there would be strangers who try to get friendly with me. My male classmates would then double up as bodyguards and protect me from such people. Other than that, I go through classes like any other people. Maybe it's also because my class is a Masters class, and majority of the classmates are pretty well-known people...
Frankly, I've never liked to chase for fame or success. Now, I find myself liking to keep a low profile even more, so yes, I do indeed feel that I'm not really suitable for the vibrant and flamboyant entertainment...However, I do want to prove that even someone who keeps a low profile, can still be famous!
Actually, I'm never used to the entertainment industry; I'm just acting like a veteran in this circle. With the exception of acting, I've never felt at ease, be it taking photos or attending parties and events. I only felt back to earth, when I am standing in front of the camera with the crew nearby, and the director shouts 'Action'...
Acting is what I must learn and focus on. Other activities that come with acting are just optional modules, so I'd rather skip them all! I love acting, and acting is my occupation.
I believe that one's potential is endless. I'd rather give up good acting offers for the opportunity to learn.
I'm not a very complicated person, if I like it then I like it, if I don't like it then I don't, I feel gratified for this point of mine.
In real life, I'm definitely not a feminist woman. usually, I'm somewhat straightforward, it's because I don't really have the nerve to be overly emotional. I'm a person who is very afraid of being sappy. But I'm very sappy toward my family, "Dad I love you, mom I love you!" Both my brother and I would say so when it comes to mind. Mom and dad has already grown accustomed to both my brother and me suddenly giving them a hug. Although sappy, the way we speak is very straightforward! When we say it in a straightforward fashion, it's rather humorous, and quite funny.
I'm heavily influenced by my family. The degree that the entertainment circle's impatient and impetuous is the degree that my family is at peace. I don't need to deliberately show how special I am, my life is already unusual as it is. My family, especially my brother, have always encouraged me to experience the joys of ordinary life. No matter how others idolize you, in the end, you have to face life by yourself, that's the reality.
I have absolutely no idea who fabricated this negative news, neither do I know what kind of mentality these people had when they decided to fabricate these things. Nonetheless, I have come to accept these things. Praise and blame always come hand in hand. You have to choose to cherish everything that you own. You have to be happy with what you own, and not stress over anything else.

Salary (3)

Jing hua yan yun (2005) 130,000 yuan per episode
Chi bi (2008) 1,500,000 Hong Kong Dollars
Jin yi wei (2010) 3,000,000 yuan(RMB)

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