Zhang Tian'ai

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Zhang Tian'ai
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Zhāng Tiān'aì (Mandarin)
Born (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 27)
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Residence Beijing, China
Other names Crystal Zhang
Ethnicity Han
Alma mater Beijing Film Academy
Occupation
Years active 2013–present
Agent FWS (北京喜天影视文化有限公司)

Zhang Tian'ai (Chinese: 张天爱, born 28 October 1990), also known by her English name Crystal Zhang, is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for her breakout role in the 2015 hit web-drama Go Princess Go.

Career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

After she studied overseas in Japan, Zhang came back to China and trained under Beijing Film Academy.

In 2009, she starred in the Korean short film Cherry Blossom alongside Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun.[1] After which, she continued to appear in minor supporting roles.[2]

2014–2015: Breakout[edit]

Zhang first gained attention in 2014 when she acted alongside Sun Honglei in The Legendary Sniper.[3] She won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2nd Hengdian Film and TV Festival of China for her performance.[4][5]

Thereafter, she starred in the web drama Go Princess Go. The low-budget series unexpectedly became a commercial hit, and shot Zhang to fame.[5]

2016–present: Rising popularity[edit]

Following her fame, Zhang was suceedingly cast in bigger projects. In 2016, she starred in the romance film I Belonged to You alongside Deng Chao.[6] The film was a commercial success and earned more than 800 million yuan ($118 million) at the box office.[5]

In 2017, she starred in comedy film Father and Son with Da Peng and Fan Wei, and in fantasy adventure film Legend of the Naga Pearls with Darren Wang.[7][8] She also featured in the war film The Founding of an Army as Soong Mei-ling,[9] as well as fantasy-mystery film Legend of the Demon Cat directed by Chen Kaige.[10]

In 2018, Zhang starred in the romantic comedy drama The Evolution Of Our Love alongside Zhang Ruoyun.[11] The same year, she starred as the female lead in fantasy-action drama Martial Universe.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2009 Cherry Blossom 落櫻 Zhang Lina Short film
2014 Uncle Victory 勝利 Cameo
2016 I Belonged to You 從你的全世界路過 Yao Ji
2017 Father and Son 父子雄兵 Liu Wen
The Founding of an Army 建军大业 Soong Mei-ling
Legend of the Naga Pearls 鮫珠傳 Hei Yu
Legend of the Demon Cat 妖貓傳 Yu Lian
2018 Miss Puff 泡芙小姐 Civil Affairs Bureau' employee Cameo

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2013 The Second Life of My Husband 老公的春天 Guest appearance
Mop Lady's Spring 抹布女也有春天 An Di
2014 Strange Coffee 怪咖啡 Zhu Liye Web series[13]
The Legendary Sniper 二炮手 Ling Zhiyu
2015 Go Princess Go 太子妃升職記 Zhang Pengpeng Web series[14]
2016 My Fair Lady 我的朋友陳白露小姐 Hai Tang
2018 The Evolution of Our Love 爱情进化论 Ai Ruoman
Martial Universe 武动乾坤 Ying Huanhuan
TBA If I Can Never Love You 如果可以,绝不爱你 Zhou Ran
Crocodile and Plover Bird 鳄鱼与牙签鸟 Li Nan'en [15]

Discography[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2016 "Between Us" 我们之间 N/A Single

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 2nd Hengdian Film and TV Festival of China Best Supporting Actress The Legendary Sniper Won [4]
2016 1st Golden Guduo Media Awards Best Actress Go Princess Go Won [16]
Weibo Fans' Choice Popularity Award Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "《怪咖啡》女主张天爱:金秀贤曾请我吃炒年糕". Tencent (in Chinese). October 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "张天爱:没什么能难倒太子妃". Beijing Youth Weekly (in Chinese). April 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "张天爱惊艳《二炮手》 与孙红雷承包笑点". Sohu (in Chinese). December 29, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "张天爱横店影视节首度获奖拿最佳女配角". Sina (in Chinese). November 2, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Online comedy breathes life into career of struggling actress". China Daily. October 27, 2016.
  6. ^ "《全世界》曝张天爱特辑 "拼命三郎"获点赞". Tencent (in Chinese). October 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "Dapeng, Zhang Tian'ai play a couple in new comedy". China Plus. June 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "'Legend of the Naga Pearls' set to hit screens". China Daily. August 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "'The Founding of an Army' cast comparison: True to life?". China Daily. July 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "《妖猫传》阿部宽刘昊然欧豪张天爱加盟". Sina (in Chinese). November 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "《爱情进化论》8.2开播 张天爱张若昀"一夏更好"". Netease (in Chinese). July 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "《武动乾坤》曝杨洋张天爱定妆照". Mtime (in Chinese). December 21, 2016.
  13. ^ "《怪咖啡》揭露北漂女辛酸 张天爱"一笑而红"". Tencent (in Chinese). November 13, 2014.
  14. ^ ""太子妃"张天爱《我的朋友陈白露小姐》当富二代乖乖女". People's Daily (in Chinese). May 17, 2016.
  15. ^ "《鳄鱼与牙签鸟》开拍 滕华涛掀青春风暴". Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). May 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "2016金骨朵奖 韩东君张天爱获最佳男女主". Sina (in Chinese). August 19, 2016.

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