Beyond Cute

An actress is supposed to have a sense of self. Everything she presents to the publicher face, body, personality, performance skills and limitationsis her product, and she must know its workings as a mechanic knows his car. Surely after six years of fame she should have figured out her appeal, her power over the audience.

Yet Zhao WeiVicki Zhao is her English screen namedoesn't seem to see what she has that's unique. Apparently she never did. As a child, she says, she didn't consider acting as a career because "I thought actresses had to be beautiful, and I...

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