Gao Yuanyuan at China the art of life,11 December 2013
|Chinese name||高圓圓 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||高圆圆 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Gāo Yuányuán (Mandarin)|
October 5, 1979 |
|Spouse(s)||Mark Chao (m. 2014)|
Gao was born in Beijing on October 5, 1979 and entered the entertainment industry in 1996. Gao, unlike other mainland Chinese actresses, did not graduate from any drama academic institutions. Rather, she started her stardom by acting in a television commercial for Meadow Gold ice-cream after being spotted off the street at Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district.
She appeared as a minor role in the 1997 comedy film Spicy Love Soup, directed by Zhang Yang. In 2000, she starred in an advertisement for Qing Zui (fresh mouth) mint during CCTV's broadcast of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and is thus known to viewers as "fresh mouth girl".
Gao rose to fame in 2002 when she played the leading role of Zhou Zhiruo in television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel of the same title. The series was broadcast in Taiwan and Mainland China, achieving high ratings, making her well-known in Asia.
Gao has also made inroads into the international market. In 2005, she walked the red carpet at the 58th Cannes Film Festival, where her film Shanghai Dreams, directed by Wang Xiaoshuai, won the Prix de Jury prize. Jackie Chan has described her as "having the freshest look and chaste spirit that no Hong Kong actress could approach". The same year, she was crowned "Miss Bai He" in Mainland China for her "pure and innocent looks".
In 2007, she starred in romance film Love in the City opposite Shawn Yue, in which she plays a deaf-mute kindergarten teacher. Her performance won her the Newcomer Award at the 11th China Film Society Of Performing Art Award.
The following year, she starred in the critically acclaimed historical movie City of Life and Death, a fictional account of events during the Nanjing Massacre. The film won the top prize at the 2009 San Sebastian Film Festival. Her role in the film as a female teacher who returns to China after the Second Sino-Japanese War. It was a turning point in her career. Gao, who faced pressure starring in a movie with a oppressive and sensitive theme, developed depression. After recovery, Gao felt that her views in life were being changed due to the movie.
In 2011, Gao reunited with Rob-B-Hood co-star Louis Koo in Don't Go Breaking My Heart. Following that, she was chosen as the Most Anticipated Actress at the Chinese Film Media Awards. Moreover, Gao became FIYTA's Brand Ambassador and took a series of street snaps in Milan Fashion Week by wearing FIYTA watches.
Gao then starred in Chen Kaige's social drama Caught in the Web. She plays a young woman who commits suicide after she becomes embroiled in controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes viral.
In 2013, Gao plays a "leftover" unmarried woman who gets entangled with a man who has a phobia of marriage in the drama Let's Get Married. The series was a commercial hit, achieving the highest ratings in 2013 and online views of more 400 million. For her performance, Gao won the Best Actress Award at the 18th Beijing Chunyan Awards.
Gao then collaborated with Nicholas Tse in the romantic film But Always. The film was relatively successful at the box office, grossing 207 million yuan. She was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the 2014 Macau International Movie and TV Festival. She then starred in Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2, the sequel to the 2011 film.
In 2015, Gao starred in the movie version of her 2013 hit drama Lets Get Married. The film was also successful, grossing US$45 million at the box office. On November 20, she won the Best Foreign Actress Award at the 52nd Grand Bell Awards.
In 2014, the couple got married in Beijing.
|1997||Spicy Love Soup||爱情麻辣烫||He Ling|
|2005||Shanghai Dreams||青红||Wu Qinghong|
|2007||Love in the City||男才女貌||Qin Xiaoyou|
|Unfinished Girl||第三个人||Xiao Ke|
|2008||In Love We Trust||左右||School teacher||guest star|
|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||guest star|
|Ocean Heaven||海洋天堂||Da Fu's mother|
|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|
|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|
|2016||The Choice: A Story of the Old Shanghai||君子道||Feng Xiao|
|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||guest star|
|2005||The Royal Swordsmen||天下第一||Liusheng Piaoxu|
|Qin Wang Li Shimin||秦王李世民||Yang Ruoxi|
|2007||Ai Wu Hui||爱无悔||Gao Mingyue||alternative title Jiangnan Diyi Dian (江南第一店)|
|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|
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