Celina Jade

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Celina Jade
Celina Jade (Wolf Warrior 2, cropped).jpg
Born Celina Horan
(1985-06-10) 10 June 1985 (age 33)
British Hong Kong
Alma mater London School of Economics
Occupation Actress, singer, model
Years active 2008–present
Parent(s)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Previous Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Celina Horan (born 10 June 1985), professionally known as Celina Jade, is an American-Hong Kong actress, singer-songwriter, model and martial artist. Internationally she is best known for her role as Shado (and Mei) in the 2010s CW series Arrow. In China she's best known for starring in the 2017 blockbuster Wolf Warrior 2, the highest-grossing Chinese film ever.[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Celina Jade was born in Hong Kong to American Kung Fu star Roy Horan and Chinese mother Christina Hui.[2][3] She was educated in a local Chinese school from kindergarten through high school, and is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She learned archery, shooting and Taekwondo from her father growing up. At 14, she left Hong Kong for New Jersey,[4] but returned to Hong Kong shortly after, and attended Island School. She later attended the London School of Economics. She graduated top of her class with First Class Honours in BSc Management.[5][6] Outside of being an actress, Jade is a vegetarian, a daily meditator and a healthy eating advocate for battling climate change. Inspired by a serious burn accident in 2012,[7] Jade began her journey as a vegetarian and in 2016, worked hand-in-hand with Christian Gerard Mongendre in opening a two floor plant-based restaurant in Hong Kong called HOME - Eat to Live to promote sustainable living and healthier lifestyles.[8] The restaurant closed in 2017.[9]

Since February 2018, Jade has been in a relationship with Han Geng, a Chinese actor, singer and former member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior. [10]

Acting career[edit]

Jade's acting career started in Hong Kong & China in 2007. She was cast as the leading lady in her first film, Legendary Assassin alongside Wu Jing. She also starred in Chinese Films Love Connected, and All's Well Ends Well; appearing on TV shows like Dolce Vita, Jade Solid Gold; with regular appearances across TV channels in China including TVB, CCTV and Hunan TV. In 2012, she landed her first role in a US film by Universal Pictures, The Man with the Iron Fists, as directed by the RZA starring Russell Crowe & Lucy Liu. During the same year, she lent her voice as the character, Not Ping, in the Square Enix game Sleeping Dogs. She also began filming her first web series, Wish Upon a Star, as lead actress alongside Asian actor Peter Ho. Later in 2012, Jade was cast to play the recurring role of Shado (Oliver Queen's martial arts teacher & girlfriend) in The CW series Arrow,[11][12] a TV Show based on the DC Comics Green Arrow. She appeared in eighteen episodes over the first two seasons, before reappearing as Shado's twin sister Mei for two episodes of season three and 1 episode in season 4. In 2015, Jade starred opposite Asian action star Tony Jaa, Dolph Lundgren and Ron Perlman in “Skin Trade” as the leading lady. Shortly after, she was cast to play the character April in Indie film "April Flowers".[13] In 2016, Jade rejoins Wu Jing to play the lead actress in the sequel of Chinese Franchise Wolf Warrior alongside China's Zhang Han & Frank Grillo. The film was the sixth highest-grossing film of 2017 at US$874 million, making it the 54th highest grossing film worldwide. It is the first and only non-Hollywood film ever to be included in the list of 100 all-time highest-grossing films worldwide. It was selected as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. [14]

Singing career[edit]

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At age 14, Jade won an Asia-wide singing competition, which led to a record deal with Japanese producer, Tetsuya Komuro. Together, they released two EPs, Good News Bad News and 'Kwong Ying Zi Gan'. In July 2000, she performed alongside Namie Amuro in front of President Bill Clinton & other world leaders at the G8 Summit in Okinawa, Japan. At age 15, she had her first number-one hit with the song, "Kwong Ying Zi Gan" in Taiwan. She has since then been featured in multiple ad campaigns for Marks & Spencers, Cathay Pacific, Motorola and Ponds globally.[5]

Jade signed with music mogul Paco Wong under Gold Typhoon (EMI) in 2007. She also sang the theme song for Legendary Assassin, "Ceng Jing Xin Teng", which was performed live on TV and radio stations across China. In 2009, she left GoldTyphoon (EMI) and signed with Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group (the force behind Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Dido). In 2011, Jade wrote & sang the Mandarin single "Xun Zhao (The Find)" for the web series Wish Upon A Star & sang the theme song "Shi Zhong" with The Wheels. In late 2012, Jade independently released her first self-written album across the internet, Celina.[15] In 2013, Jade was cast as the leading lady in the musical Good Morning Hong Kong which played at the Lyric Theatre in the Academy of Performing Arts.[16] In 2014, Jade recorded a duet "迷彩 Fighting For" which hit No.1 on the TVB8 Chart and won the TVB8 Best Song Awards. The "Fighting For" Music Movie was selected by the Hanoi International Film Festival 2014 to premiere in Asia, and was the only Hong Kong short film to be in competition with 30 other shorts.

Charity work[edit]

In 2014 and 2015, Jade supports Maggie's Cancer Caring Center in Hong Kong and offers her singing performances to raise money at the Fayre of St John's yearly event.[17] Other charities & causes supported by Jade throughout the years include Filmaid [18] using the power of film and media to transcend language and literacy, Room To Read[19] focusing on girls' education and children's literacy in Asia and Africa, Bloomberg Charity Day,[20] the Elephant Society [21] working to stop the illegal trade in wildlife and animal parts, Foodlink Hong Kong[22] mitigating hunger, fighting poverty and fostering nutritional wellness in HK, AMFAR[23] supporting HIV/AIDS research, Asia Society[24] forging closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy and business outreach.

Filmography[edit]

Celina Jade and Wu Jing, on the set of Wolf Warriors 2.
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Legendary Assassin Hiu Wor
2009 All's Well, Ends Well 2009 Gui Mui
2009 Love Connected Mary
2012 Kung Fu Vettel: Drive of the Dragon Celina Jade Short Film
2012 The Man with the Iron Fists Dragon Inn singer
2012 Zombie Guillotines Assassin Nun Short Film
2012 I See You Melissa Short Film
2013 Tomorrow Comes Today Chin-Chin / Ting-Ting
2014 Fighting For Celina Jade Music Movie
2014 Skin Trade Min
2016 April Flowers April
2017 Wolf Warrior 2[25] Dr. Rachel Prescott Smith
2017 A Sweet Life Helga
2017 Triple Threat Xian
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Wish Upon a Star (Xing Yuan Tong Xing) Xiao Hui Web series
2012 Mister French Taste Angie Clarke Episode: "The Job Interview"
2013–2017 Arrow Shado/Mei Recurring (Seasons 1-4; 21 episodes)
Special guest star(Season 6; 1 episode)
2015 Blue Bloods Medical Examiner Episode: "Absolute Power"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Sleeping Dogs Not Ping Voice
2012 Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in North Point Not Ping Voice

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Frater, Patrick (4 August 2017). "'Wolf Warriors II' Star Celina Jade Joins CAA (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 
  2. ^ a b Lo, Andrea (13 February 2014). "Celina Jade". Hong Kong Magazine. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "My life: Celina Jade". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Love from Hong Kong: Actress and restauranteur Celina Jade". C-Heads Magazine. 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  5. ^ a b "Celina Jade Official Website". Celina Jade Official Website. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  6. ^ "LSE Digest 2005-2006" (PDF). 
  7. ^ "My life: Celina Jade". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  8. ^ "Power Couple Christian Mongendre and Celina Jade are Out to Build a Chain of Fast but Healthy Restaurants - Hashtag Legend". hashtaglegend.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  9. ^ https://www.timeout.com/hong-kong/blog/home-eat-to-live-has-closed-071417.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "K-Pop News 2018: Former Super Junior Member Han Geng Dating 'Arrow' Actress Celina Jade". The Christian Post. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  11. ^ Geb, Ashley (April 11, 2013). "An Interview with 'Arrow' Actress Celina Jade". The Daily Quirk. 
  12. ^ Abrams, Natalie (5 March 2013). "Arrow Exclusive: Celina Jade on Shado's New Partnership with Oliver". TV Guide. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Frater, Patrick (2015-04-30). "Celina Jade To Star in 'April Flowers' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  14. ^ Frater, Patrick (2016-11-24). "Celina Jade Joins Jacky Wu's 'Wolf Warriors 2' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  15. ^ "Celina by Celina Jade on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  16. ^ "Interview with Arrow's Celina Jade | Three If By Space". Three If By Space. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  17. ^ "Fayre of St John's 2016 - Hong Kong | Quintessentially". www.quintessentially.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  18. ^ HK, Amelie Au @ ELLE. "ELLE.com.hk - 名人時尚:Van Cleef & Arpels 玫瑰金鑽飾熱潮". ELLE HK. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  19. ^ "Room to Read – A Night for Nepal -". Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  20. ^ "Photo: Celina Jade for Room to Read". Look to the Stars. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  21. ^ "Instagram photo by Celina Jade • Nov 12, 2016 at 6:34pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  22. ^ "Foodlink Torq: Ride and Gathering". timeout-admin-node1.candrholdings.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  23. ^ "celina jade amfar - Google 搜尋". www.google.com.hk. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  24. ^ "2015 Annual Gala". Asia Society. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  25. ^ Frater, Patrick (November 24, 2016). "Celina Jade Joins Jacky Wu's 'Wolf Warriors 2' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 25, 2016. 

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