Fan Bingbing is one of the most prominent names in the Chinese film industry, who has made a name for himself in recent years in Hollywood.
With big budget movies like X-Men: Days of Future Past, Iron Man 3 and the recent The 355, in his filmography, the actor is now impatient to go to the West. But she admits it hasn’t been without difficulties.
“I must say that the language was the hardest part for me. I had to learn a lot of technical language in the script. It’s very hard for me. I just memorized all my lines in the script. Learning to speak English was very difficult,” she tells us.
But if we look at her Hollywood choices, we can deduce that Bingbing is more attracted to action and superhero films.
“I just like action movies more. When I was young, I really liked watching Jackie Chan movies. He’s my idol, he’s my best friend and I really watched all his movies I think that’s the reason,” she says.
The actor, who has starred in Chinese films such as Lost in Beijing (2007), Buddha Mountain (2011), Double Xposure (2012) and I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016), says she is happy to represent Chinese culture and the film industry in Hollywood.
“Chinese culture is highly respected and to be able to represent that as a Chinese actress and to be able to promote Chinese culture and the strength of Chinese films is amazing. Being an actress is an incredible advantage. The power of women must be recognized because we have our own way of creating art and expressing ourselves,” explains the 40-year-old.
Sharing her perspective on the conversation about representation and diversity in Hollywood as an Asian actress, Bingbing says, “Working in Hollywood, I got to see the diversity of Hollywood firsthand. Even in my new movie, The 355, there are five women from different countries and backgrounds working together and creating the chemistry, and it definitely has an impact on the audience.