Maggie Cheung

(Maggie Cheung Man-yuk)

Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
  • Born: September 20, 1964
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Profession: Actress

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Maggie Cheung Man-yuk is an actress from Hong Kong. Raised in both Hong Kong and England, she has over 80 films to her credit since starting her career in 1983. Some of her most commercially successful works were in the action genre, but Cheung once said in an interview that of all the work she has done, the films that really meant something to her are Song of Exile, Center Stage, Comrades: Almost a Love Story and In the Mood for Love. As Emily Wang in Clean, her last starring role to date, she became the first Asian actress to win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Because I've done so many different roles, I don't want to repeat myself. It's getting harder and harder to find something interesting. You never know - I might never make a film again.
I did 75 films. I didn't take a break; I didn't spend my money. I have my savings, so when you're not working for money anymore, then you should find things that are meaningful and not just be like, 'OK, that's another day gone.' Money, Coins & Minting
I don't really want a film as a present; you can get me a diamond ring.
I don't want to die thinking I've only done one thing in my life. Life
I need to be doing different things all the time; it's just part of who I am. Time
I think I started to have thoughts to really want to be serious about my work when I was about twenty-five, and I just kind of started to look into that direction and moved into it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think it comes from far away inside me, to be strong to survive everything that comes my way. I think, going back to the beginning, feeling like an alien in an English school when I was eight, that set up my pride very early on. I think I'm very defensive, but I'm trying not to be like that anymore.
I was always the hero's girlfriend or wife - actually, the woman with no voice.
I've played a ghost, cat, snake. I've been funny, sad. I've been filmed flying on screen. So why not spend time on something else? I don't need to accept everything I'm offered. Time ;Humor
People get surprised by my choices. But that comes from me looking for something new.