Jing Tian (景甜 is a Jǐng Tián)Chinese actress, best known outside of her native China for her roles in three Hollywood monster films produced by Legendary Pictures from 2016 to 2018: The Great Wall, Kong: Skull Island, and Pacific Rim Uprising.
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JING TIAN (Liwen Shao) has emerged as one of the most exciting young actresses in the international film community and is poised to make her mark in the U.S.
In 2017, Tian made her American film debut in Universal Pictures’ THE GREAT WALL. In the film, Tian played the role of Chinese General Lin Mei, opposite Matt Damon and his band of European mercenaries. That same year, she joined Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston in Warner Bros’ KONG: SKULL ISLAND.
Over the past two years, Tian has emerged as one of China’s leading actresses in both film and television. Holding her own with Chinese film legends, Tian has built 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 July 2017, FIST & FAITH (Qinghenangao) opened in theaters in the Chinese domestic market. In the story, set in Manzhouli during the period of Japanese rule, Tian played a patriotic teacher who enlightens the students to act following their hearts. In 2013-2014, Tian starred in three blockbuster films: SPECIAL ID with Donnie Yen, POLICE STORY: LOCKDOWN with the legendary Jackie Chan and THE MAN FROM MACAO with another Chinese legend, Chow Yun-Dat. These three films grossed more than $1.3 billion at the Chinese box office. Her strong performances in these films led her to the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, where Tian won the inaugural Hollywood International Award.
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 XIAO ZHUANG.
Tian attracted widespread attention with her 2010 movie debut MY BELLE BOSS (Wo de meinu laoban), in which the 22-year-old played two conflicting roles. Over the next two years, she took on challenging roles in a series of large historical costume dramas, such as THE WARRING STATES (Zhan Guo), BETTER AND BETTER (Yue Lai Yue Hao) and TEARS IN HEAVEN.
Tian grew up in Xi’an, Shaanxi province (also director Zhang Yimou’s birthplace), a city with 7,000 years of history, where the vast armies of Terracotta Warriors were discovered dating from the Qin dynasty and the first emperor of China. She left home at age 13 to begin extensive training at the Secondary School of Beijing Dance Academy. Her love of dancing soon flourished into a passion for acting and, upon graduation, she went on to complete her education at the Beijing Film Academy.
Off-screen, Tian also devotes a great deal of her time towards humanitarian efforts supporting missions to earthquake-stricken areas, as well as aiding disadvantaged children.
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