Sino Celeb is a monthly feature where we introduce a Chinese celebrity to our readers.
Her rise to fame has been swift, to say the least – suspiciously swift. Chinese filmgoers in particular have been left puzzled by her unusually smooth ascent within the Chinese entertainment industry, winning roles beside actors like Jackie Chan and gaining more international visibility than Fan Bingbing (The Empress of China) and Tang Wei (Lust, Caution) after only a few years in the game.
It’s not that Jing Tian isn’t capable – she has degrees from both the Beijing Dance Academy and Beijing Film Academy. But the 28-year-old has only just begun dabbling in acting, is nowhere near fluent in English and has still managed to secure roles in three Hollywood blockbusters in just two years.
Naturally, Chinese netizens have devised a number of theories to explain the Jing Tian mystery, which range from feasible to fanciful: 1) Jing Tian’s longtime boyfriend is a Wanda shareholder (possible though unproven); 2) Jing Tian is the secret daughter of Wang Jianlin (not likely); and 3) Jing Tian is a vessel for laundering Wanda money (highly unlikely).
We’re not sure what to make of this two-time Golden Broom Awards ‘Most Disappointing Actress,’ but chances are we’ll be seeing her face on the big screen for the foreseeable future, so we’d better learn to like her.
Kind of like: an educated Kardashian
Famous for: being famous unexpectedly
See her next in: Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
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[Cover image via China Film Insider]