Zhao Wei announces new nilm, not Painted Skin 2 [CRI, July 29, 2010 ]
New mother Zhao Wei said Tuesday (July 27) that she is unwilling to be a housewife, and is resuming her film work in two months.
Actress Zhao Wei promotes a beverage brand in Beijing on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. [CFP]
"Working makes women more charming. I have some ideas about film and I don't want to waste them," the Chinese actress said at an event in Beijing where she was promoting a beverage brand.
Zhao declined to name her new film, but said it was not the "Painted Skin" sequel as previously reported.
The 2008 fantasy drama "Painted Skin", directed by Gordon Chan, earned Zhao a nomination for best actress at the 2009 Asian Film Awards.
"I don't want to repeat roles. I hope my new film will give audiences a refreshing feel," Zhao said.
At the event, Zhao was surrounded by enthusiastic reporters who were eager to learn more about her baby daughter, who was born in April. The actress refused to give away any information, saying she didn't like talking about her personal life.
Zhao disappeared from the limelight in late 2009 shortly after completing the martial-arts film "14 Blades". Paparazzi captured her expecting a baby in Singapore. She gave birth to a girl on April 11, allegedly fathered by businessman Huang Youlong.
Zhao, 34, rose to stardom by starring in the 1998 TV series "Princess Pearl". She has been seen more frequently on the big screen in recent years, acting in such films as "The Longest Night in Shanghai" (2007) and "Mulan" (2009). She is a three-time winner of the Favorite Actress award voted for by college students at the Beijing Student Film Festival.