Rushing the Hour to Stardom
Zhang Ziyi may say that she is not in the rush to stardom, but the bright
lights and big movie capital seems to be catching up fast on the lithe and
pretty Beijing-born actress.
Not since her breakthrough role as Jen in the Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has Hollywood sat up and noticed the ingénue. In fact, she currently shuttles between the US (where she just finished Rush Hour 2 with Jackie Chan) and Asia where she has just finished doing the promotional circuit as the newest woman ambassador of Tag Heuers Alter Ego ladies watches; which was how Tsinoy.com was able to catch up with her in Hong Kong during the regional launch last July of the watch companys new time ambassador, the first Asian international celebrity to do so.
At 21, this former dancer and wannabe kindergarten teacher is definitely on the cusp of serious stardom. No less than People magazine recently named her as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. She has also appeared in several style magazines, a beauty that has inspired many to compare her to Audrey Hepburn.
Such fascination was evident during the cocktail event at the Cyrano Restaurant at Island Shangri-la. She sparkled silently in a black Fendi ruche dress, diamond studs, and, of course, an Alter Ego watch as journalists from Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines jostled for her attention.
I think she has a lot of talent and is extremely intelligent, says Dominique Taieb, regional marketing director of Tag Heuers Asia-Pacific operations, of the companys choice of Zhang Ziyi as spokesperson. She is a perfect match to Tag Heuers Alter Ego line.
Such intelligence shone through the next morning during the exclusive
interview session with the Filipino press. Despite the fact that she doesnt
speak a word of English, she made sure her interpreter answered questions
just as eloquently in Mandarin.