Angelababy

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Angelababy
Angelababy in 2014.jpg
Angelababy in 2014
Background information
Chinese name 楊穎
Pinyin Yáng Yǐng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Joeng4 Wing6 (Cantonese)
Birth name Angela Yeung Wing
Ethnicity 3/4 Han Chinese, 1/4 German
Born (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 28)
Shanghai, China
Nationality Chinese (Hong Kong)
Occupation Model, Actress
Manager(s) Style International
Asia Cross Agency
Avex Group
Huayi Brothers
AngelaBaby Studio
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Huang Xiaoming (m. 2015)
Children 1 (小海绵) (b. 2017)
Ancestry Shanghai, China
Alma mater Canossian Sacred Heart Business College, Hong Kong
Also known as Baby AB

Angela Yeung Wing (born 28 February 1989), better known by her stage name Angelababy, is a Chinese model, actress, and singer based in Hong Kong. Her stage name came from the combination of her English name "Angela" and her nickname "Baby".[1] In 2013, she was chosen by Southern Metropolis Daily as one of the New Four Dan Actresses.[2] In 2016, she won the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the blockbuster film Mojin: The Lost Legend.

Early life[edit]

Angela Yeung 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 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]

Yang moved to Hong Kong when she was thirteen,[3] and signed a modeling contract with Style International Management at the age of 14.[1] Although her English name is Angela, she was sometimes called "Baby" during her primary and secondary school years. She combined these two names to form her stage name, Angelababy.[3] She speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese and English.[1]

Career[edit]

2007–2012: Beginnings[edit]

Angelababy debuted as an actress in the movie Trival Matters in 2007, where she had a 5-minute cameo appearance in the film. She then starred in numerous films as supporting roles, as well as appearing in music videos. Angelababy had her first leading role in the 2011 film Love You You alongside Eddie Peng. She sung a duet with JJ Lin titled "Bottom of the Heart" as part of the movie's soundtrack.

In 2012, Angelababy starred in alongside Mark Chao in First Time, a remake of the 2003 Korean film ...ing. Her performance in First Time won her the Most Anticipated Actress award at the 13th Chinese Film Media Awards.[4]

2013–2014: Rising popularity[edit]

Angelababy then starred in Tsui Hark's crime action film Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013), playing a beautiful courtesan.[5] She won the Most Popular Actress award at the 21st Beijing College Student Film Festival.[6]

In 2014, Angelababy joined the cast of Hurry Up, Brother, a spin-off from the South Korean variety program Running Man. The series was a major hit in China, and propelled Angelababy into a household name.[7] The same year, she starred alongside fellow Hurry Up, Brother member Michael Chen in romance film Love on the Cloud, which was a moderate success at the box office.[8] Angelababy was crowned "Weibo Goddess", as well as "Weibo Queen" for the year 2014,[9] and ranked 12th on Forbes China with an estimated income of 41 million yuan (US$6,604,000).[10]

2015–present: International appearance and TV roles[edit]

Angelababy made her Hollywood film debut in Hitman: Agent 47 with a minor role.[11] She then starred in Mojin: The Lost Legend, based on the popular tomb raiding novel series Ghost Blows Out the Light. The film become the highest-grossing Chinese-language IMAX film in China, with US$27.1 million (before being surpassed by The Mermaid).[12] Angelababy won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards for her role, but was criticized for her mediocre acting and lackluster performance.[13] The same year, she starred in her first television series, historical drama Love Yunge from the Desert based on Tong Hua's novel Song in the Clouds.[14]

In 2016, Angelababy played a major supporting role in Hollywood science fiction film, Independence Day: Resurgence.[15][16] The same year, she was listed as one of Forbes' inaugural 30 under 30 Asian Celebrities under the film, music, television and sport category.[17]

In 2017, Angelababy starred alongside Wallace Chung in the historical drama, General and I.[18] Although the series was a commercial success, it received criticism for bad acting.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Angelababy had been dating Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming, who is 12 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[21] and their wedding banquet took place in Shanghai on 8 October 2015.[22] The wedding banquet was reported to be one of the most lavish in China's history with a reported estimate of US$31 million.[23] In the same month, Angelababy 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.[24]

In October 2016, Huang and Angelababy announced her pregnancy.[25] She gave birth to their son nicknamed Little Sponge on 17 January 2017 at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital in Stubbs Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.[26]

Other activities[edit]

Angelababy has invested in several businesses; including a nail parlour, a cafe (with fellow Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Ka-fai) and a lifestyle store.[27][28]

In 2015, she set up her own venture capital fund, AB Capital. She then brought shares in Chinese overseas purchasing e-commerce site Ymatou and beverage brand HeyJuice.[29]

In 2016, Angelababy entered the Hurun Philanthropy List, the youngest to be included. She and husband Huang Xiaoming donated US$2.6 million to a charity program initiated by Huang to help university graduates start a business or seek employment.[30]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2006 Under The Lion Rock Band Cream 狮子山下菊带霜 student [31]
2007 Trivial Matters 破事儿 Tak Nga
2009 Short of Love 矮仔多情 Angel
G-Force 神机妙算 Voice-dubbed (Cantonese version)
2010 All's Well, Ends Well 2010 花田喜事2010 Princess Pearl of Flowerland
Hot Summer Days 全城热恋 Xiao Qi
2011 All's Well, Ends Well 2011 最強喜事 Better
Tangled 魔髮奇緣 Rapunzel Voice-dubbed (Cantonese version)
The Founding of a Party 建党伟业 Xiao Fengxian
Love in Space 全球热恋 Huang Mudan
Love You You 夏日乐悠悠 Xia Mi
2012 A Simple Life 桃姐 Herself Guest
First Time 第一次 Song Shiqiao
Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault 痞子英雄 Fan Ning
Tai Chi 0 太极1:之零开始 Chen Yuniang
Tai Chi Hero 太极2: 英雄崛起 Chen Yuniang
2013 Together 在一起 Lin Shengnan
Crimes of Passion 一场风花雪月的事 Yue Yue
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 狄仁杰之神都龙王 Yin Ruiji
Who Is Your Dish 誰是你的菜 Short film
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 微爱之渐入佳境 Chen Xi
2015 Running Man 奔跑吧!兄弟 Herself
You Are My Sunshine 何以笙簫默 He Yimei
Bride Wars 新娘大作战 He Jing
Hitman: Agent 47 代號47 Diana Burnwood
Mojin: The Lost Legend 鬼吹灯之寻龙诀 Ding Sitian
2016 Kill Time 谋杀似水年华 Tian Xiaomai
Independence Day: Resurgence 天煞—地球反擊戰2 Rain Lao
League of Gods 封神傳奇 Lan Die
Love O2O 微微一笑很倾城 Bei Weiwei
See You Tomorrow 摆渡人 Ah Yu

Television[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2015 Love Yunge from the Desert 大汉情缘之云中歌 Hou Yunge
2017 General and I 孤芳不自赏 Bai Pingting
2018 Entrepreneurial Age 创业时代

Variety[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2014–Present Running Man China 奔跑吧兄弟 Member

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

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

Music video[edit]

Year Title Singer Notes
2008 Ten Million Youth (千万少年) William Chan
2009 恋の予感から レミオロメン(Remioromen)
2010 Can't Stand It (受不了) Huang Xiaoming
2015 If Only (可惜没如果) JJ Lin
Alphabet Song (字母歌) Deng Chao

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers Awards Most Charismatic Actress Won
13th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress First Time Won [4]
1st China International Film Festival London Best Actress Crimes of Passion Nominated
9th Huading Awards Actress with the Most Media Popularity Won [32]
2014 21st Beijing College Student Film Festival Most Popular Actress Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon Won [6]
14th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress Nominated
iQiyi All-Star Carnival Asian All-Rounded Idol Won [33]
2015 12th Sina Weibo Awards Night Weibo Goddess, Weibo Queen Won [9]
iQiyi All-Star Carnival Best Improvement of the Year Won [34]
2016 13th Sina Weibo Awards Night Outstanding Commonweal Figure Won [35]
19th Huading Awards Best Actress (Ancient) Love Yunge from the Desert Nominated
33rd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress Mojin: The Lost Legend Won [13]
8th Macau International Movie Festival Best Actress Kill Time Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "10年之后再评花旦". Southern Metropolis Daily. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Q&A: Angelababy". South China Morning Post. 
  4. ^ a b "The 13th Chinese Film Media Awards". Sina English. China Daily. 
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  6. ^ a b "Beijing College Student Film Festival concludes". CCTV. 
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  9. ^ a b ""Weibo Night" sets Guinness World Record for "Most mentions of an event on Weibo in 24 hours"". Sina English. 
  10. ^ "Top 10 Chinese celebrities in 2015 by Forbes". China Internet Information Center. 
  11. ^ "Angelababy to star in Agent 47 movie". Geek Crusade. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  12. ^ Frater, Patrick (8 January 2016). "‘Mojin’ Breaks IMAX Box Office Record in China (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 
  13. ^ a b "China's Golden Rooster & Hundred Flowers Film Festival faces 'popularity vs talent' controversy". Global Times. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
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  15. ^ "Angelababy joins "Independence Day 2"". Yahoo News. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  16. ^ "‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ News: Chinese Actress Angelababy to Co-Star in Hollywood Film; New Teaser Videos Released". China Topix. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
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  25. ^ "Angelababy Is Having a Baby! What to Get the World’s Most Lavish Mom-to-Be". Vogue. 
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  27. ^ "Angelababy进攻商界 投资百万首开美甲店". Tencent. 
  28. ^ "Angelababy投资百万开咖啡店 下月装修十月开幕". Tencent. 
  29. ^ "Chinese celeb Angelababy's investment fund goes on shopping spree for e-commerce site, juice-diet brand". South China Morning Post. 
  30. ^ "Tencent founders top list of mainland’s most generous". Sina English. Shanghai Daily. 
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