CELINA JADE

AC­TRESS, MODEL AND SINGER

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

One of the defin­ing mo­ments in my ca­reer was when I was 15. My first EP came out and it did re­ally well, so there was pres­sure for me to quit school. It was dif­fi­cult be­cause my dream was al­ways to be­come a singer. But I asked my­self one ques­tion: am I be­com­ing some­one I ad­mire? The an­swer was no. So I let that go and pur­sued an ed­u­ca­tion at the Lon­don School of Eco­nomics. A key trait shared by all suc­cess­ful peo­ple is a will­ing­ness to sac­ri­fice. A lot of peo­ple say, “I want to be suc­cess­ful, I want to be rich.” But what peo­ple don’t ask is, “What am I will­ing to sac­ri­fice?” There’s al­ways an op­por­tu­nity cost to suc­cess. The next dis­rup­tor in the movie in­dus­try will be when Hol­ly­wood uses an Asian ac­tor in a lead role and the film does well at the box of­fice. I think it’s not too far away, sim­ply be­cause of the eco­nomics. The US mar­ket is de­clin­ing and the in­ter­na­tional box of­fice is be­com­ing much more im­por­tant, so it’s inevitable. A beau­ti­ful in­evitabil­ity. Do I want to play that lead? Of course!

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