THE GREAT WALL
JING TIAN (Commander Lin Mae) has emerged as one of the most
exciting young actresses in the international film community. Recently honored
with the inaugural Hollywood International Award at the 20th Hollywood Film
Awards, Tian is making an instant impact as she transitions to U.S. film. The
Great Wall is her American motion picture debut and her first film in the
English language. She quickly followed this project by landing a role in another
Legendary Pictures film Kong: Skull Island.
Tian grew up in Xi'an, Shaanxi province (director Zhang Yimou's birthplace as
well), a city with 7,000 years of history, where the vast armies of Terracotta
Warriors date from the Qin dynasty and the first Emperor of China. She left home
at age 13 to begin extensive training at the Beijing Dance Academy. Her love of
dance soon flourished into a passion for acting and, upon graduation, she went
on to complete her education at the Beijing Film Academy.
After starring in two television series, in 2010, Tian attracted widespread
attention with her movie debut My Belle Beauty, in which the 22-year-old played
two conflicting roles. Over the next two years, she took on roles in a series of
large historical costume dramas, such as The Warring States, Better and Better
and Tears in Heaven.
For the past two years, the 28-year-old has become one of China's leading
actresses in both film and television, building a reputation as one of the most
dynamic women in the industry. Often using her extensive physical dance training
as an asset, Tian has taken on every role with intense training, as she often
prefers to perform her own stunts.
In 2013, she collaborated with director Clarence Fok and action star Donnie Yen
on Special ID, where she played the role of Fang Jing, an undercover police
detective. Following the huge success of the film, she landed Police Story 2013
opposite the legendary Jackie Chan, where she played his rebellious daughter.
The film required her to go through months of extensive training and was
extremely well-received, propelling Tian's popularity even further. She
immediately went into production on The Man from Macau alongside yet another
Chinese legend, Chow Yun-Fat. These three films were blockbusters, earning more
than $1.2 billion total at the Chinese box office.
Complementing her big-screen success, Tian has also portrayed widely beloved
characters on Chinese television. In early 2014, she starred in Yu Zheng's
Legend of Ban Shu, a historical drama set during the Han dynasty. She played the
titular character, a beautiful young teacher at the Imperial Palace
kindergarten, who captures the attention and heart of the Emperor. Tian also
recently starred in the eponymous role of the television series The Legend of
Off screen, Tian's success is equally matched as one of the faces of L'Oreal in
Asia, an honor bestowed on the most prominent Asian actresses. She also devotes
a great deal of her time toward humanitarian efforts supporting missions to
earthquake-stricken areas, as well as aiding disadvantaged children.
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