Angelababy

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Angelababy
Angelababy in 2014 crop2.jpg
Angelababy in 2016
Chinese name 楊穎 (traditional)
Pinyin Yáng Yǐng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Joeng4 Wing6 (Cantonese)
Birth name Yang Ying
Ethnicity 3/4 Han Chinese, 1/4 German
Born (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 27)
Shanghai, China
Occupation Model, actress, singer
Label(s)

Style International

Asia Cross Agency
Avex Group
Huayi Brothers
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Huang Xiaoming (m. 2015)
Ancestry Shanghai, China

Yang Ying (born 28 February 1989), better known by her stage name Angelababy, is a Chinese-born Hong Kong model, actress, and singer.[1] Her stage name came from the combination of her English name "Angela" and her nickname "Baby".[2]

Early life[edit]

Yang was born on 28 February 1989 in Shanghai, to a father from Hong Kong, who is of half Chinese and half German descent, and a Shanghainese mother from Shanghai. Her birth name is Yang Ying (Cantonese: Yeung Wing). Her father runs a fashion business in Shanghai.[3] She gained an interest in fashion as a child under her father's influence. She said in an interview, "Even though he [her father] sells more mature clothes, I loved going to his store and trying on new outfits, and mixing and matching them. It was fun. I think that's how I developed a passion for fashion."[3] She is fluent in Mandarin, Shanghainese, Cantonese, and has a basic command of English.

Yang moved to Hong Kong when she was thirteen,[3] and graduated from Notre Dame College.[citation needed] Although her English name is Angela, she was sometimes called "Baby" during her primary and secondary school years. When she started modeling, she combined these two names to Angelababy.[3]

Career[edit]

Yang entered the entertainment industry when she was 14 years old, signing on as a model at Style International Management. In 2007, she became a back-up dancer for Jay Chou.

Yang debuted as an actress in the movie Trival Matters. She then starred in numerous films as supporting roles, slowly gaining fame as an actress in the Hong Kong film industry. In 2011, Yang had her first leading role in the film Love You You.

In 2012, Yang began to shift her career into Mainland China and set up her own personal studio. She then starred in kungfu movie Tai Chi O and its sequel Tai Chi Hero with Eddie Peng, whom she co-starred with in Love You You. Yang also appeared in romance film First Time, a remake of the 2003 Korean movie ...ing. She plays the role of an adventurous university student, which garnered her the Most Anticipated Female Actress award at the Chinese Film Media Awards.

In 2013, Yang was chosen as the one of the four Fadan actresses along with Liu Shishi, Yang Mi and Ni Ni. The same year, Yang starred in romance film Crimes of Passion and won the Best Actress award at the China International Film Festival. She also appeared in crime action film Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, which was a commercial hit and greatly raised Yang's profile as a film actress.

In 2014, Yang joined the cast of Hurry Up, Brother, a spin-off from the original South Korean variety program Running Man. The series became a huge hit in China, drawing a large pool of audience and achieving a whopping viewership rating of 4.2. This greatly raises Yang's popularity and recognition, making her a household name. Yang also starred in romantic comedy film Love on the Cloud, which drew positive reviews from critics. At the end of the year, Yang was honored as the Goddess of the Year at the Sina Weibo Ceremony.

In 2015, Yang made her foray into Hollywood, taking on a small role in the film, Hitman: Agent 47. Yang also starred in a couple of films, most notably the huge commercial hit, Mojin: The Lost Legend, which went on to become the highest-grossing Chinese-language IMAX film in China, with US$278 million. It also won her the Best Supporting Actress at the 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards. Yang also made her television debut in the historical romance drama, Love Yunge from the Desert, based on Tong Hua's novel Song in the clouds.

In 2016, Yang participated in the Hollywood production, Independence Day: Resurgence. She was also part of the ensemble cast in the fantasy film League of Gods. She then starred in youth romance film Love O2O with Jing Boran, based on Gu Man's novel Just One Smile is Very Alluring.

Yang was listed as one of Forbes' inaugural 30 under 30 Asian Celebrities under the film, music, television and sport category.

Personal life[edit]

Yang had been dating Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming, who is 11 years her senior, for six years, but their relationship was not revealed to the public until February 2014. On 27 May 2015 they obtained their marriage certificate in Qingdao, China[4] and their wedding banquet took place in Shanghai on 8 October 2015.[5] The wedding banquet was reported to be one of the most lavish in China's history with a reported estimate of US$31 million.[6] In the same month, Yang sued a Ruili clinic for US$80,000 for referring to her as a recipient of plastic surgery. An examination she underwent at a Beijing hospital concluded that her face showed no signs of prior surgical work.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title[8][9] Chinese title Role Notes
2007 Trivial Matters 破事兒 Tak Nga
2009 Short of Love 矮仔多情 Angel
2010 All's Well, Ends Well 2010 花田囍事2010 Princess Pearl of Flowerland
Hot Summer Days 全城熱戀熱辣辣 Xiao Qi
2011 All's Well, Ends Well 2011 最強囍事 Better
Tangled 魔髮奇緣 Rapunzel (speaking) Cantonese version
The Founding of a Party 建黨偉業 Xiao Fengxian
Love in Space 全球熱戀 Huang Mudan
Love You You 夏日樂悠悠 Xia Mi
2012 A Simple Life 桃姐 Herself Cameo appearance
First Time 第一次 Song Shiqiao
Black & White 痞子英雄 Fan Ning
Tai Chi 0 太極之零開始 Chen Yuniang
Tai Chi Hero 太極2 英雄崛起 Chen Yuniang
2013 Together 在一起 Lin Shengnan
Crimes of Passion 一場風花雪月的事 Yue Yue
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 狄仁杰之神都龍王 Yin Ruiji
2014 Temporary Family 失戀急讓 Lui Yuen-ping
Rise of the Legend 黃飛鴻之英雄有夢 Xiao Hua
Love on the Cloud 微愛之漸入佳境 Chen Xi
2015 Running Man 奔跑吧!兄弟 Herself
You Are My Sunshine 何以笙簫默 He Yimei
Bride Wars 新娘大作戰 He Jing
Hitman: Agent 47 代號47 Diana Burnwood Small role
Mojin: The Lost Legend 鬼吹燈之尋龍訣 Ding Sitian
2016 Kill Time 謀殺似水年華[10] Tian Xiaomai [11]
Independence Day: Resurgence 天煞—地球反擊戰2 Rain Lao
League of Gods 封神傳奇 Mermaid
Love O2O 微微一笑很傾城 Bei Weiwei
2017 The Ferryman 酒國英雄之擺渡人 Ah Yu Post-production[12]
Makeshift Squad

Television[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2015 Love Yunge from the Desert 大漢情緣之雲中歌 Huo Yunge [13]
2017 General & I 孤芳不自赏 Bai Pingting

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2010: Beauty Survivor
  • 2011: Love Never Stops
  • 2011: Everyday's A Beautiful Story
  • 2012: Can We Smile Together[14]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 2011: m-flo TRIBUTE ~stitch the future and past~ (Her song "Tripod Baby" is included)

Ying sings the theme from the 2010 Vidal Sassoon Japanese "Beauty Survivor" campaign. The song was released as a single. It is sung in English and Japanese.

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