“When I encounter a tough character, it resembles me a little bit; and when I encounter a soft character, there’s also part of me in it. There are aspects of me in each of my characters. Actually, many of the roles [I play] highlight the greatness of women. It’s as simple as that. For me, I want to play real characters.”
"Every new role has unique aspects that only belong to that character. Every new character is like that, which is what makes [acting] interesting to start with. You don’t need to bring your past experience to your character. In fact, every time I make a new film, I try to leave behind the experiences from, or techniques I’ve developed in, my past projects."
"I think the most touching roles come from the heart. There isn’t a ‘best performance’, because the best performance is no longer just a performance. The most captivating performance is actually the [actor’s] most authentic state. It takes that to touch [the audience], and it’s not something you can replicate."
Happy 35th Birthday, Zhang Ziyi!! (b. 9 February 1979)
ZHang Ziyi is my favorite female actress. Period.