Jia Ling, known for her comedic prowess and infectious personality, has long been a fixture in the Chinese entertainment industry. She’s also cemented her foray into directing and now returns with YOLO. It’s her second major screen production, following a massive success in her directorial debut film Hi Mom in 2021.
Jia Ling’s latest film has finally hit the big screen as part of the Spring Festival movies in 2024. But it’s not just the movie itself that’s causing a stir—it’s the 41-year-old actress’s stunning physical transformation. In the early teasers for YOLO, which follows a complete homebody who takes up boxing, audiences caught glimpses of Jia Ling’s dedication to her role as a boxer. She had shed an impressive 50kg (60 to be exact) in a span of six months. However, it wasn’t until the movie’s release that viewers truly got to witness the extent of her transformation.
In the new poster for YOLO, viewers finally see a clear glimpse of Jia Ling’s fruits of labor. She reveals a toned figure after adopting a high-intensity fitness regimen that not only slimmed her down but also sculpted her physique. Jia Ling’s abs actually trended number one on the Weibo hot search. Despite having a slim figure in the past, the actress-director gained prominence in the comedy scene, known to carry extra weight for years, making her recent transformation all the more remarkable.
It’s not uncommon to see transformations for the sake of the storyline. Actors can wear prosthetics or others go the extra mile with extreme weight transformations. Jia Ling’s journey to shed weight was not just about slimming down; it was about building muscle and strength and she’s remained steadfast in her commitment. However, Jia Ling has been adamant that YOLO is not a film about weight loss. Instead, it’s a story about empowerment and self-discovery—a message that resonates deeply with audiences of all ages.