Elaine Zhong on Creating a Balanced Lifestyle
The Chinese actress talks about her creative and athletic outlets while repping the new Jordan Delta.
As a multi-talented actress and dancer, Elaine Zhong approaches her crafts fearlessly. In her early 20s, she studied dance at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, where her instincts led her to try theater instead. It paid off in the form of an award-winning acting career, and today, Elaine is equally a role model for creatives in China and beyond.
At 26 years old, Elaine’s partnerships with Jordan Brand include representing “The Ones” campaign in 2018 and the UNITE campaign earlier this year. Now, while she reps the new Jordan Delta, we spoke to Elaine about the many facets of her lifestyle and expression, including performance, dance, sports, recovery and calligraphy.
In the recent UNITE campaign, you talked about the importance of women being empowered and working together. What are some examples of this from your own life?
The women in my family are very powerful, including my mother and grandma. They have tenacity in their bones. When I was a child, my grandmother used to tell me, in Cantonese, “You can’t lose, you have to work hard.” She taught me how to be independent and rely on myself. This is the attitude I try to convey to everyone.
You come from a dancing background. How has dance informed the way you approach life, exercise and movement, in general?
Dance has really changed my life. It feels uncomfortable if I don’t dance for a long time. Looking back, learning dance was really painful and tiring. It involves physical and mental training, but I still enjoy it. After all, if I didn’t practice dancing from a young age, I would not have my current posture and mentality.
Every time I finish dancing, I feel reborn and energetic. I will dance even when I’m 70 or 80 years old. It’s a really big part of my life.
Between dancing, filming and sports, your lifestyle is rich and full of energy. What does your ideal day look like?
I like to balance everything in my schedule freely and then focus on doing one thing at a time. For example, dancing requires you to practice to the fullest, and calligraphy requires you to be quiet, in order to deliberately sit there and write for an hour. I don’t think it’s necessary to arrange the day for arrangement’s sake, just concentrate on what you want to do.
What kind of acting roles are you looking for or looking forward to these days?
My favorite character has always been one who changes, and is different at each stage. I have been trying different styles with my roles. I’m used to looking for the common element in every role I play. As long as it gives me energy and imagination, I can’t help but take the challenge.
Summer is almost here. What advice do you have for everyday style?
Nothing is more important than comfort. I usually pay more attention to trends, models and bloggers to find some ideas. You have to believe in your own style.
You’ve repped a lot of Jordan footwear, including the Air Jordan I for “The Ones.” What do you like about the Jordan Delta?
The Jordan Delta is really comfortable and light. It looks more like a running shoe, which I like, but it has a sense of design and function. Even if you’re not into sports or fashion, you can easily style the Jordan Delta.