That's Zhao, as In 'Oh, Wow!'

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It's rare that you go to a restaurant and find your interview subject already at the red wine. No sooner do we sit down than Zhao Wei offers us a glass, then waits five minutes before prising the cigarettes from our hand. She talks casually about weight problems, paying tax bills and Penélope Cruz. It's like being down the pub with your best mate seeking shelter from a storm—in this case the wild winds of Zhao's cinematic success.

Zhao became an overnight sensation in greater China thanks to Princess Pearl, a popular Taiwanese TV show. Three months...