Unless you’ve been living alone in a cabin in the woods with no Internet access or human contact for the last five years, chances are that you’ve at least heard of Forbes’s number one highest-paid actress, Jennifer Lawrence.
Perhaps lesser known in the U.S., however, is number four on the list, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.
Luckily, we’re here to debrief you on the actress, singer, and fashion icon who earned $21 million over the past year and ranked ahead of Hollywood heavyweights like Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, and Angelina Jolie.
If you’re thinking that you’ve seen that porcelain face somewhere before, you probably have. She’s perhaps best known to U.S. audiences for playing Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Failing that, you may recognize her as the fashion icon putting everyone else to shame on the red carpet, like she did at the MET Gala this year.
But you might not have known that Fan Bingbing is something of a quadruple threat — not only is she an award-winning actress, she’s also a pop singer, fashion model, and producer.
She first rose to fame in China for a supporting role in the first two seasons of Chinese television series My Fair Princess.
After that, her acting career took off, and Fan earned the Best Actress award at the 27th Hundred Flowers Awards (think China’s version of the Golden Globes) for her role in the 2003 Chinese film Cell Phone.
She formed her own production studio in 2007, appropriately titled Fan Bingbing Studio, and then went on to star in eight films that same year.
The more fashion-minded will recognize Fan’s sartorial prowess, which has attracted fashion show invitations from powerhouses like Valentino, Armani, Dior, and Versace. Not only that, she closed the Stéphane Rolland Couture show in Paris in 2012.
In 2013, she made history when she attended Cannes in a custom-made Louis Vuitton dress, the first time the fashion house had ever designed a gown especially for an Asian actress. That same year, The Hollywood Reporter held an event to honor her as the International Star of the Year.
In case you weren’t already feeling like an underachiever, she’s also a philanthropist. She co-founded the Heart Ali project with Beijing Maite Media CEO, Chen Lizhi, to aid children suffering from congenital heart disease in Tibet. In 2010, she financed surgery for ten children with congenital heart defects, reports People’s Daily Online
Get ready to see a whole lot more of her — she’s signed onto a contract to appear in at least four more X-Men movies. Read more…