Qi Xi: A Rising Star

April 27, 2013
By Liu Xiuluan and Zhao ChuanxinEditor: Amanda

Qi Xi wins the award for Best New Performer at the 49th Golden Horse Film Awards. [Xinhua]

Qi Xi wins the award for Best New Performer at the 49th Golden Horse Film Awards. [Xinhua]

Life has been good for Qi Xi lately. Originally from southwest China's Guizhou Province, the young actress rose to fame with her excellent performance in Mystery, a Chinese film about a love triangle in which she played a sympathetic mistress.

The film was directed by Chinese writer-director Lou Ye and released in May 2012. In November 2012, the film helped Qi win the Best New Performer award at the 49th Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards in southeast China's Taiwan.

In March 2013, Qi won the Best Newcomer award at the 7th Asian Film Awards presented by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society. She also won the Best New Actress award at the 2013 10th Asian Walker Awards (AWA) held in Melbourne, Australia.

Qi Xi wins the award for Best New Performer at the 49th Golden Horse Film Awards. [Xinhua]

A screen still of the film Mystery, in which Qi Xi (front) plays a mistress [File photo]

Early Life

Qi was born in 1984 in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province. When she was a little girl, she was nicknamed 'Snow White', as she had exceptionally fair skin and large, bright eyes.

When she was still in kindergarten, little Qi showed a talent for acting and was invited to act in a number of TV dramas.

At the age of 11, Qi beat nearly 3,000 candidates to be accepted into the dance department of the Art College of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

While studying in college, she also took part in a performance tour and danced in six European countries. After five years of studying, Qi was deployed to work as a professional dancer in the song and dance ensemble of the Jinan Military Region in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province.

At China Central Television (CCTV)'s 2000 Spring Festival Gala, Qi's dance performances won her even more fame.

In 2004, Qi gave up her stable job to take the national college entrance examinations in order to improve her acting skills and develop her acting career.

She was accepted by both the Central Academy of Drama and the Shanghai Theatre Academy, eventually choosing to study in the directing department of the Central Academy of Drama.

Qi Xi autographs a bottle of champagne at the 7th Asian Film Awards. [Xinhua]

Qi Xi autographs a bottle of champagne at the 7th Asian Film Awards. [Xinhua]

Rise to Fame

In 2008, Qi met famous drama director Meng Jinghui who invited her to act in a drama titled Rhinoceros in Love.

Her outstanding acting skills and flexible body movements won wide recognition and favor from the audiences and for the following four years, Qi devoted herself to drama performances.

Qi's solid dance skills and rich drama acting experiences laid the foundation for her film debut. 

Four years ago, she auditioned for the film Mystery but was not informed of the results until a year ago, when she was told that she had landed the role of mistress Sang Qi, one of the film's leading characters.

In order to play the role well, Qi went out to parks and town squares to observe elderly people taking walks, young couples quarreling and other relevant life scenes. She channeled what she had observed into her work.

While she was filming, her husband, Song Ning, accompanied her and took care of her. When she received the Best New Actress award at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards, she said with deep emotion, "I'm very grateful to my husband Song Ning. Without his support, I couldn't have made it."

Qi Xi and her husband Song Ning attend the 7th Asian Film Awards. [Xinhua]

Qi Xi and her husband Song Ning attend the 7th Asian Film Awards. [Xinhua]

As a filial daughter, Qi never fails to call her parents regularly to update them on her life and work. Her parents, who are her biggest fans, are proud of her success. They never fail to watch any film that she is in, and they often buy tickets for their relatives and friends so that they can watch Qi's films together.

After she had won the Best New Actress award at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards, someone asked Qi whether her life and work would change and whether she expected her pay to increase after winning the award.

"No. I have already heard that a good film actually doesn't make much money. And the top thing for me is to be a good actress and work seriously," Qi answered honestly. 

Nowadays, Qi is handling her multiple roles in the dance, drama and movie circles well. She believes that having a wide variety of experience is crucial to building a rich life and career.
 
(Source: China Business Herald/Translated and edited by womenofchina.cn)

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