Actress Tang Wei glows even in barely-there makeup. Credit: Rado

Tang Wei is someone that I would love to hate. I mean, she has everything going for her. The actress was plucked from more than 10,000 hopefuls for the lead role opposite Tony Leung in Lust, Caution – may I mention that the movie was her very first big screen part?

Besides Tang’s successful thespian career – the star has won Best Actress awards in both China and South Korea – beauty brand SKII has also taken notice of her flawless skin. Along with Kate Bosworth and Cate Blanchett, the actress is a “face” of SKII.

The newest Rado brand ambassador. Credit: Rado

This May, Rado announced that Tang had joined the watch brand as its new brand ambassador. Her poise and good looks combined with reputation for overcoming challenges fit the watchmaker’s own values according to the brand. Apparently, this woman do no wrong.

But there’s a reason why Tang is so loved by both brands and fans and ironically, it’s because of her down-to-earth personality. Believe me, after you are done with these five things, you will be a Tang Wei convert too, just like me.

Determination and hard work
Tang may have the talent to command the big screen but it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t go the extra mile to perfect the role. In 2013’s Finding Mr Right, the actress carried around a bag of rice and a ball of lead all day to immerse herself into her role as a pregnant woman. Previously, Tang mentioned that in order to play a farmer’s wife in Dragons, she put mud under her nails. I have to salute her for her sheer dedication to the craft.

Master of languages
The star has learnt Shanghainese, the Suzhou dialect, Korean, Cantonese and English for her movie roles. Mind you, Tang didn’t just learn them for the production period and forget them promptly after – the actress still speaks good English to this day. This was probably also the reason why she was picked by director Michael Mann to star in the upcoming film Cyber.

Tang Wei is gorgeous all glammed up but she’s really just an ordinary girl. Credit: Rado

Hunky co-stars
Speaking of Cyber, Tang will get to kiss the hunky Thor – Chris Hemsworth – in that particular Hollywood vehicle. But this isn’t the first time the lucky actress has got to lock lips or share the screen with hot guys. Besides Tong Leung, she’s acted with the delectable Hyun Bin in Late Autumn, and the evergreen hottie Takeshi Kaneshiro in Dragons.

Down to earth
As far as we know, the actress doesn’t have a personal assistant. There’s no entourage that follows her around and she still counts China as her favourite place. Tang claims to take public transport when she’s home and eat at small eateries. Even when she gets spotted, Tang insists she will “change direction and keep on eating”.

Can’t walk in heels
Now, this is the main reason why Tang won my heart – sorry hunky guys. The star struggles to get around in high heels, saying that she still can’t get used to walking in them. Just like one of the girls.