Gao Yuanyuan

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Gao Yuanyuan
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Gao Yuanyuan at China the art of life,11 December 2013
Background information
Chinese name 高圓圓 (traditional)
Chinese name 高圆圆 (simplified)
Pinyin Gāo Yuányuán (Mandarin)
Born (1979-10-05) 5 October 1979 (age 38)
Beijing, China
Ethnicity Han
Alma mater China Institute of Industrial Relations
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Label(s) Redberry Entertainment
Spouse(s) Mark Chao (m. 2014)

Gao Yuanyuan (simplified Chinese: 高圆圆; traditional Chinese: 高圓圓; pinyin: Gāo yuányuán, born 5 October 1979) is a Chinese actress.

Career[edit]

Gao Yuanyuan was born in Beijing and graduated from China Institute of Industrial Relations. Gao entered the entertainment industry in 1996. Gao, unlike other mainland Chinese actresses, did not graduate from any drama academic institutions. Rather, she started acting in a television commercial for Meadow Gold ice-cream after being spotted on the street at Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district.[1]

Gao made her debut in the 1997 film Spicy Love Soup. Thereafter, she starred in Beijing Bicycle (2001), which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and romance film Spring Subway (2002).[2] She rose to fame in 2003 for her role as Zhou Zhiruo in the television adaptation of Louis Cha's The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber.[3]

Gao made inroads into the international market with the film Shanghai Dreams (2005), directed by Wang Xiaoshuai, which won the Prix de Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival.[4] She was then picked by Jackie Chan to star in the action comedy movie Rob-B-Hood (2006).[5][2] Chan has characterized Gao as having the "freshest look and chaste spirit no Hong Kong actress could approach".[6]

Gao next starred in the romance film Love in the City (2007) opposite Shawn Yue, where she plays a deaf-mute kindergarten teacher.[7] Her performance won her the Newcomer Award at the 11th Golden Phoenix Awards.

Gao was then cast in City of Life and Death (2009), directed by Lu Chuan and based on the events of the Nanjing Massacre. Departing from her "girl-next-door" image, Gao played a middle-aged teacher who helped Nanjing people survive the horrors of the Japanese atrocities in 1937. Gao called the role a "turning point" in her career, stating that she had never started taking acting seriously until she worked on the film.[8][9][10][11] City of Life and Death won the top prize at the 2009 San Sebastian Film Festival.[12]

In 2010, Gao starred alongside Korean actor Jung Woo-sung in the romantic film A Season of Good Rain directed by Hur Jin-ho.[13] The following year, she starred in Johnnie To's romantic comedy Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2011) alongside Daniel Wu.[14][15]

In 2012, Gao starred in Chen Kaige's Caught in the Web where she plays a young woman who commits suicide after she becomes embroiled in a social media controversy.[16] The film was especially popular among young viewers, drawing more than six million viewers and praise from critics.[17][18]

Gao returned to television in 2013 with the television series Let's Get Married,[19] playing a "leftover" unmarried woman who gets entangled with a man who has a phobia of marriage.[20] The series was a commercial hit, and was the highest rated drama of 2013. For her performance, Gao won the Best Actress Award at the 18th Beijing Chunyan Awards.

Gao then starred alongside Nicholas Tse in the romantic film But Always (2014).[21] She won the Best Foreign Actress Award at the 52nd Grand Bell Awards.[22]

After a two-year hiatus, Gao confirmed her return to the screen with Juno Mak's gangster epic Sons of the Neon Night.[23]

Other activities[edit]

Gao was a torch-bearer in the Nanjing leg of the torch relay for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.[24]

In 2012, Gao became the first Chinese brand ambassador for French luxury house Longchamp.[25]

Gao was appointed as California's tourism ambassador to China in 2013. She was picked as she "embodies the California brand and spirit and will share her authentic passion for California with the Chinese public, inspiring their California dreams".[24]

Personal life[edit]

Gao married Taiwanese actor Mark Chao in 2014. The two met on the set of Caught in the Web.[26]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1997 Spicy Love Soup 爱情麻辣烫 He Ling
2001 Beijing Bicycle 十七岁的单车 Xiaoxiao
2002 Spring Subway 开往春天的地铁 Tian'ai
2005 Shanghai Dreams 青红 Wu Qinghong
2006 Rob-B-Hood 宝贝计划 Melody
2007 Love in the City 男才女貌 Qin Xiaoyou
Unfinished Girl 第三个人 Xiao Ke [27]
2008 In Love We Trust 左右 School teacher Cameo
xXx:A Forbidden Love Story xXx:被禁锢的爱 Short film[28]
2009 City of Life and Death 南京!南京! Jiang Shuyun
2010 A Season of Good Rain 好雨时节 Wu Yue (May)
The Love of Three Smile 三笑之才子佳人 Top Female Scholar Cameo
Ocean Heaven 海洋天堂 Da Fu's mother
Driverless 无人驾驶 Xiao Yun
Color Me Love 爱出色 Herself guest star
2011 Don't Go Breaking My Heart 单身男女 Cheng Zixin
2012 Romancing in Thin Air 高海拔之恋II Ding Yuanyuan
Caught in the Web 搜索 Ye Lanqiu
2013 Blind Detective 盲探 Ting Ting [29]
2014 But Always 一生一世 An Ran
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 单身男女2 Cheng Zixin
2015 Let's Get Married 咱们结婚吧 Ye Wenwen
2019 Sons of the Neon Night 风林火山

Television series[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1998 Shixi Sheng De Gushi 实习生的故事 Gao Fei
Zhaobuzhao Bei 找不着北 Jiang Xin
1999 Za Laobaixing 咱老百姓 Yu Qian
2003 The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber 倚天屠龙记 Zhou Zhiruo
The Adventures of Di Renjie 护国良相狄仁杰 Pan Yu
Zhundian Chuji 准点出击 Huang Li
2004 Nizai Weixiao Woque Kule 你在微笑我却哭了 Shen Xiao
Haide Shiyan 海的誓言 Ye Yu
Yanhua Sanyue 烟花三月 Shen Wan
Ai Yu Meng Feixiang 爱与梦飞翔 Hongjie Cameo
Miracle Healers 神医侠侣 Qinzi
2005 The Royal Swordsmen 天下第一 Liusheng Piaoxu
The Prince of Qin, Li Shimin 秦王李世民 Yang Ruoxi
2007 Love No Regrets 爱无悔 Gao Mingyue
2009 The Qin Empire 大秦帝国 Bai Xue
2013 Let's Get Married 咱们结婚吧 Yang Tao
The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龍八部 Li Biyun

Theater[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2007 Glamorous Encounter 艳遇 Lin Momo [30]
2008 Hamlet 1990 哈姆雷特1990 Ophelia [28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Ref.
2007 Love in the City 11th Golden Phoenix Awards Newcomer Award Won
2008 Rob-B-Hood 29th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actress Nominated
2012 Don't Go Breaking My Heart 31st Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
12th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress Nominated
2013 Caught in the Web 4th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Actress Nominated
2014 Let's Get Married 20th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress Nominated
But Always 6th Macau International Movie Festival Best Actress Nominated
2015 Let's Get Married 18th Chunyan Awards Best Actress Won [31]
N/A 52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Foreign Actress Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "5 questions with Gao Yuan Yuan". Today Online. November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Golden Gao". China Daily. August 24, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Almond-eyed actress". China Daily. October 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ ""Shanghai Dreams" Honored Jury Prize at Cannes". China Radio International. May 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gao Yuanyuan in "Rob-B-Hood"". China Daily. September 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Jackie Chan Picks Gao Yuanyuan for New Film". China.org.cn. December 30, 2005. 
  7. ^ ""Love in the City" to premiere in Beijing". CCTV.com. October 1, 2007. 
  8. ^ "How the girl next door moved away and grew up". China.org.cn. December 23, 2008. 
  9. ^ ""Nanking!" Actress Gao Yuanyuan in Fright". China Radio International. April 2, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Be More Versatile in Acting: Gao Yuanyuan". China Radio International. March 2, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Hell of a story". China Daily. April 27, 2009. 
  12. ^ "'City of Life and Death' wins Spanish film award". The San Diego Union Tribute. September 26, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Chengdu film ready for release". China.org.cn. December 23, 2009. 
  14. ^ "In the mood for love". China Daily. April 11, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Johnnie To's drama to open HK Int'l Film Festival". February 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Gao Yuanyuan Portrays Annoying White Collar in "Caught in the Web"". Chinese Films. May 11, 2012. 
  17. ^ "China, Framed by the Cinema and the Web". New York Times. September 14, 2012. 
  18. ^ ""Human flesh search" film renews discussion of Internet vigilantism". Global Times. July 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Singles movie season gets under way". China Daily. November 4, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Gao Yuanyuan and Huang Haibo star in new TV series". Sina. November 4, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Gao Yuanyuan, Nicholas Tse Play Lovers in New Film". China Radio International. July 9, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Trier's 'Louder' wins Stockholm Film Fest's Bronze Horse – 'Ode' takes ten trophies at Grand Bell Awards". Arab Times. November 22, 2015. 
  23. ^ "A look at Juno Mak's gangster flick 'Sons of the Neon Night'". City of Fire. September 29, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b "China cast in role of tourism hero". China Daily. April 15, 2013. 
  25. ^ "2012 fashion watch in China". China Daily. July 16, 2012. 
  26. ^ ""National Godess" Gao Yuanyuan married to Taiwanese Actor Mark Zhao". Sina. June 6, 2016. 
  27. ^ "A good man's evil secret". China Daily. October 26, 2007. 
  28. ^ a b "Mainland Actress Gao Yuanyuan Looking ahead". CRI English. October 30, 2008. 
  29. ^ "Gao stars again in To film". China Daily. May 30, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Glamorous Encounter". China Daily. April 5, 2007. 
  31. ^ "第十八届春燕奖 高圆圆获最佳女主角奖". Sina (in Chinese). August 9, 2015. 

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