Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Neal
Celebrity Then And Now
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My Fair Princess
Currently Known For:
Actress, Singer and Producer
My Fair Princess
“I fell in love with dressing myself up.” Born in Qingdao, China but raised in Yantai, Bingbing Fan had an ordinary childhood filled with extravagant dreams and aspirations but, what truly set her apart from her peers, was the fact that she worked day in and day out to achieve her dreams. After completing high school at the age of 16, she went on to study acting at the Shanghai Xie Jin Film and Television Art College and the Shanghai Theater Academy where she discovered an even greater passion for the big screen.
Shortly after graduating, Fan made her television debut in Powerful Woman and went on to secure a number of small time roles between 1996 and 1999 while she was still in her early teens. As luck would have it, Fan didn’t have to wait long before catching her first major break when she was cast as Jun Suo in the popular Chinese television series My Fair Princess. At only 18 years old, Fan was already a household name.
Wrapping up My Fair Princess after two seasons, Fan moved to Mainland China where she signed a six-year contract with Huayi and was cast in a mind-boggling 17 television shows within a period of three years. That’s right—three years! Already a superstar in China with several award-winning film performances, Fan’s influence quickly spread to the rest of the world as she added over 50 television and film projects to her name.
Despite her tremendous success as an actress with a promising future in film, Fan decided to pursue yet another dream—singing. Why not, right? In 2005, she released her first album—Just Begun—which, to no one’s surprise, dominated the domestic charts. The following year, Forbes China awarded Fan with their highest honor, The Star of the Year, due to her outstanding popularity and talent.
Eventually deciding her heart was in acting, Fan launched her own studio after her contract with Huayi expired. While many encouraged her to retire early and enjoy her success after earning over $100 million, Fan refused and, in 2008, she started her own arts school in Beijing. Letting her parents run the school while serving as principal, the superstar produced her first movie the same year, Rouge Snow, which was met with critical praise and earned multiple awards.
Spending the last eight years only further establishing herself as China’s most talented actress and producer, Fan’s ongoing success in the industry has made her exceptionally wealthy with a net worth of over $100 million. Ranked as one of the highest paid actresses in the world after earning $25 million in one year, Fan is undoubtedly living up the fortune and fame as a fashion icon and red carpet A-lister who can afford anything her heart desires.
Today, the 35-year-old actress is living lavishly with her equally impressive fiancé, Chinese actor and singer Li Chen, in their stunning Qingdao mansion. Despite their attempts to keep their purchase under wraps, the power couple signed the papers in early 2016 as Chinese tabloids sniffed out the real estate deal and leaked photos of the stunning estate before Fan could release a statement to the press. As you can imagine, the home is amazing!
Averaging around 10 million yuan or $2.1 million with a value of $30 million in the United States, Fan’s home is marked by absolute luxury while offering an unmatched level of privacy for the Chinese silver screen star. Virtually surrounded by water, one side of the home faces out over a ledge and offers breathtaking views of the neighboring Qingdao mountains. As you can imagine, the interior is even more impressive with the most modern and luxe appliances and furniture that money can buy paired with granite floors and sky-high ceilings. The house itself takes complete advantage of its landscape with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the perimeter and several large sunroofs that welcome plenty of natural light.
Aside from her stunning house and collection of luxury cars, Fan is also infamous for her incredible sense of style whether she’s walking the red carpet, being chauffeured around town or preparing for her next big film. Knowing the value of her image and sparing no expense to maintain her title as a fashion icon, the X-Men: Days of Future Past star doesn’t think twice about spending a small fortune on designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Versace and dozens of others. But, is there more to Fan than her looks, fortune and fame?
While Fan lives a materialistic lifestyle, the actress is actually incredibly generous and, behind closed doors, is an approachable 35-year-old woman working to build her legacy while quietly helping others along the way. In fact, according to China Philanthropist magazine, Fan is ranked as third on the “Most Charitable Celebrity” list after scoring slightly below the beloved Jackie Chan. Looks like there’s more to Fan than looks, after all!