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.
When two people first meet, they can only have a very ordinary kind of friendship. But when you begin to understand each other, when you get close to them, you discover that you're suddenly eager to know him or her even better.
I want, through my roles, to express the parts in the hearts of Chinese women that they feel unable to let out.
People who trust me will not be swayed by what's been said about me, and for people who don't, no amount of good reports will persuade them.
Obviously I'd love to work with any of these great directors because every time I've worked with them I've gained a tremendous amount as an actor. Each director has his own way of pushing you towards improving yourself.
From beginning to end I worried that Ang Lee wouldn't be satisfied with my work. So I worked as hard as I could to earn his trust, because you only get a chance like this once.
Actually I ran away from school when I was 13. No one could find me, and the police were called. I was just hiding in a little thicket of grass at my school, and went to sleep.
That whole environment was just incompatible with my beliefs and my personality. It was a dark time for me.
The atmosphere at my school was very competitive. Young girls were competing with each other every day for status, for leadership, for the affection of the teachers. I hated it.
I'm not really interested in politics, because I think it's just too removed from my own life. If there's a war, though, or a disaster, I want to know what's happening.
Chinese women are much more modest than American women when it comes to clothes. We tend to show less flesh.
There's nothing in Chinese culture that is an equivalent of the geisha. It's so different, so special to Japan.
Whatever you see - any good results - are all from the pressure.
I wanted to become a kindergarten teacher like my mother.
I don't care if you love me or not. I'll love you anyway.
There was one very special scene at the end of the film. My character, Zhao Di, has been sick. She wakes up and her mother tells her that the man she loves has come back from the city and had spent the day by her bedside.
There are actors who spend 20 years working and still don't achieve what I've achieved so quickly. So I think my only course of action is to work as hard as I can, not just for the sake of the film, but also to prove to these people that I do have talent.
Most people spend their whole lives looking for the right job. There are others who never get an opportunity to do work that fulfils them.
My profession has helped me to grow up.
Even though I've done Hollywood films, I still don't think of myself as a Hollywood actress.
For myself I don't like the geisha look. It's like a mask.
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 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.
I suspect people always thought I had a boyfriend, so nobody came after me.
From my opinion, 'geisha' means a woman skilled in the arts, like dancing, singing and playing musical instruments,.
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