You have to accept the storms and the rainy days and the things in life that you sometimes don’t want to face.
Sex is the best high. It’s better than any drug. I want to die making love because it feels so good.
When you don’t get what you want, it just makes you accept real life.
I often feel like I have this spirit living inside of me, always dressing in like short mini skirts… but then I start to discover myself. So there are eight spirits, mischievous ones, sad ones, handsome ones, wise ones, and crazy ones.
Storms and darkness scared me, but somehow it encouraged me to learn about nature and I think nothing’s dark, dark is beautiful too.
Because of the Chinese culture of obedience, you don’t ask questions… You follow and obey.
I had heard about how people struggle and how hard it is to get into acting. But I did not care because it’s something I love.
You have to be proud of who you are.
English is my second language, but in Hong Kong, they don’t know that I’m from China. They think I’m from Hollywood because all the films they see are from here. China and Hong Kong are very different places, but they’re starting to merge. Still the culture is very different.
The partner that you have is supposed to make you a better person, and when you’re happy, you’re a better person.
And also, I know I have this responsibility or mission to show people, to encourage them to live their dream, too.
Acting to me is real life – I don’t act.
The definition of love is giving.
You never know what’s going to happen. That’s why I like acting. It’s precious to me to be able to live more than one life.
I was in Asia and people asked me about being considered sex symbol. I don’t know if that’s good or not, because where I come from, sex isn’t something you’re allowed to talk about.
I guess I feel like it’s a gift to meet those talented artists like George Lucas and Oliver Stone, Spike Lee and Richard Kelly. Even if it’s a small role, it’s a gift to be working that closely with them.
I’m very private in person. I’m very sensitive and shy with men individually. But when I’m talking, maybe there’s this other channel or this other side and other way of working in my mind, and I convert and become carefree.
I went to South Africa on safari and came eye to eye with a beautiful leopard. We were so close; I was staring at him for a long time and I felt a recognition with my own nature.
Well I think always, when you remake films, I always think the first one is most original, authentic.
Wong Kar-wai and Ang Lee are two Asian directors I’m really fond of.
What I like about being an actress is that it keeps you feminine. Being a director and producer makes you manly and very masculine and I don’t like that quality in a woman. But I’ll do it when the film is very close to me.
Boundaries, and countries, if we don’t have that we are all brothers and sisters, we can all have love and joy and compassion for each other: the world would be much more beautiful.
Yeah, well my name is Bai Ling. That means white spirit, and I really feel like sometimes I’m not existing.
I think I’m open to adventures and surprises. As a performer, I’m really just naturally talented. And those roles may not look as good on paper, but I know how to create them on screen. I like to have fun and interpret my roles in my own way.
I think I’m known as an adventuress. Even generally in life, I have no fear. It’s not that I’m not afraid of things, but when I am afraid of something, I don’t back away – I approach it and try to understand what makes me afraid.