Chinese actress Fan Bingbing opens up on her struggle with learning English

Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing is one of the biggest names in the Chinese entertainment industry. The actress had been ranked as the highest-paid celebrity, according to Forbes China celebrity Top 100. The actress has spread her wings not only in the Chinese entertainment industry but also in Hollywood. The actress has showcased his phenomenality through her roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Iron Man 3, and the recent The 355.

But Bingbing has had her fair share of debacles and hardships as well. One of which has been speaking and learning English. The actress recently, in an interview with Hindustan Times, opened up on her struggle with learning English.

“I would have to say that language was the most difficult part for me. I had to learn a lot of technical language in the script. It is very hard for me. I just memorize all my lines in the screenplay. Learning to speak English has been most challenging,” she explained

When it comes to her choice of projects in Hollywood, it’s clear and obvious that Bingbing prefers action and superhero movies.

Fan Bingbing

“I just like action movies more. When I was young, I really liked to watch Jackie Chan’s films. He is my idol, he is my best friend and I really watched all his films. I think that is the reason,” she says.

The performer, who has been in Chinese films such as Lost in Beijing (2007), Buddha Mountain (2011), Double Xposure (2012), and I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016), says she is honored to represent Chinese culture and filmmaking in Hollywood.

“Chinese culture is highly respected and to be able to represent that as a Chinese actress and to be able to promote Chinese culture as well as the strength of Chinese films is amazing. Being a female actor, it is an amazing advantage. The power of women should be recognized because we have our own way to create arts and express ourselves,” says the 40-year-old.

“While working in Hollywood, I got to observe the diversity of Hollywood first person,” Bingbing says of her thoughts on the dialogue of representation and variety in Hollywood as an Asian actor. “Even in my newest picture, The 355, five ladies from various nationalities and backgrounds collaborate to create chemistry. It has a significant influence on the audience.”

Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing’s career trajectory

Fan grew up in Yantai (now Qingdao), where he was born and nurtured. Shanghai Xie Jin Film and Television Art College and Shanghai Theatre Academy are where she received her education. Fan made her television debut in the series Powerful Woman, where she had small roles for two years until reaching prominence in 1999 as Jin Suo in the first two seasons of the Chinese television series My Fair Princess, which was adapted from Taiwanese writer Chiung Yao’s narrative.

Leanne Liu, a Hong Kong actress, had suggested her for the role. Fan became a household figure in Asia because of the popularity of comic historical drama.

Fan has a younger brother, Fan Chengcheng, who is a part of the Nine Percent and NEXT boy group. She is a member of China’s Communist Party. Fan is a woman with a heart of gold. She has worked hard to ensure that children with congenital heart disease get screened. Since August 2010, Fan has assisted around 340 infants with congenital heart disease in Beijing and Shanghai with medical therapy.