Yang Rong On Aging Out As An Actress In Her Late Thirties

Yang Rong On Aging Out As An Actress In Her Late Thirties
Yang Rong I Am An Actor
Yang Rong participated in the Chinese reality show I Am The Actor where contestants are judged for their acting skills. 


There, she got very candid about aging out. Here’s the transcript – 

挺惭愧的自己已经很久没有演古装戏了.当我在拿到这个本的时候,我确实是想说突破一下.自己演了那么多年的戏,然后年龄现在也是30加加了.但是呢因为在这个市场上一直还在維持着一种少女人没怕被淘汰.所以我想来这个舞台是把它作为一次,给自己能充电的机会三位老师是演员出身然后现在也是导演制片人、包括在这个节目采参加录制的或者将来会看到的.我相信也是影视圈的半壁江山的出品人了.请你们多给30加40加的女演员一些机会.真的.谢谢.

Yang Rong I Am An Actor

Summarizing what she said in the show:

She’s been working in the entertainment business for a long time and she is now 30+ years old. Standing on stage, she used the opportunity to make a request to the 3 judges – Xu Zheng (actor and director), Zhang Ziyi (actress) and Wu Xiubo (actor, producer and musician) – to give actresses in their 30s and 40s more opportunities.

This is a cause that is close to her heart since she wrote a heartfelt post about the same issue months earlier.

Yang Rong I Am An Actor
She recounts an incident in the summer of 2017 when she received the script for Tomb of the Sea.  She was afraid that she wouldn’t be able to play the part of Liang Wan successfully and end up disappointing her favorite author Nan Pai San Shu.

Yang Rong Discuss Being In Her Late Thirties
She also feels that people might be find her career path hard to understand. While some actresses of her generation have begun playing mother roles, she’s still playing “young roles”. It’s not a matter of the fear of getting old but a fear of an industry that does not allow actresses to mature into older roles. 

She shares that actresses who are in their 30s do not love playing younger roles because they want to or love to but more so because the market needs for them to play the part. She’s eager to play challenging roles like a mature woman who can’t get married or a single mother whose life is full of challenges.

She admits she is already a middle aged actress which is similar to another actress that she admires. This actress is famous and pretty but does not have any projects so she worries about herself since she says she is not as famous and not as pretty as this other actress.

So Yang Rong is extremely thankful forTomb of the Sea because it gave her a chance to do a meaningful role which gives her strength to be braver. Brave enough to face her feelings head on.

Yang Rong Discuss Being In Her Late Thirties
Asian people are stereotypically known to look young for their age. It is a blessing and a curse at the same time. Yang Rong is only 37 years old. 

Heck, I am older than her by a year and I wish I looked as young and fresh as her. This is not a problem that’s limited to the Chinese film industry. Hollywood has been dealing with this issue for quite awhile now and we don’t see any significant changes as of yet. For some reason, this is only plaguing actresses and not their male counterparts. I am glad she’s spoke up on a national platform to bring attention to it. There might not be any immediate change but if more people speak up on the issue like she did, change will eventually come. 

So Yang Rong, you are brave!

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