Thanks to Jennifer Aniston's BFF, Andrea Benewald, we're finally finding out the meaning behind her famous "11 11" wrist tattoo. On Feb. 11, Benewald shared a birthday tribute to her bestie, sharing a photo of the their matching tattoos and revealing the meaning behind the ink.
"Happy Birthday Jen! 💖🌈💖You are the best-est, most beautiful, talented, big hearted, kind and FUNNY woman on the planet! Here’s to YOU on your BIG day! Of course it’s the most 💥powerful💥 day of the year with New Moon in Aquarius!!! 🌙Makes sense that the entire Universe would be in ✨🌎✨alignment with LOVE on your birthday!" she captioned the birthday post.
"❤️You are LOVED beyond measure.❤️ Can’t wait to celebrate and make more magical wishes! 11:11✨🙏✨ LOVE WALKING THROUGH THIS LIFETIME WITH YOU. Here’s to 37 MORE years of celebrating birthdays.😳🎉 Love you!!! @jenniferaniston."
On Thursday, Aniston wished Benewald a happy birthday, sharing a series of photos of her best friend on her Instagram Stories, including the same photo of their matching tattoos.
On the latest episode of Cummings' Good for You podcast, she invited influencer Hannah Stocking to tattoo 'I heart J,' a nod to Aniston, on the bottom of her foot.
"I want that on me!" Stocking, a big Aniston fan, said of the tattoo. "I will literally tattoo that on my forehead."
"There's nothing I won't do for a laugh. I'm fully getting an 'I love Jennifer Aniston tattoo,'" Cummings said as Stocking was hard at work on the ink. "This is so dumb and I'm so into it."
You may not have known, but Gillian Anderson is bidialectal.
The 52-year-old The Crown actress was born in Chicago and moved to London when she was 5. When she was 11, she moved back to the United States and lived in Michigan, spending enough time in both the U.S. and Britain to become accustomed to both accents, per The Guardian. Bidialectal means having the "facility in using two dialects of the same language."
Anderson's accent came into question after Alec Baldwin joked about the actress using her American accent during the Golden Globes on Sunday, when she took home the award for her performance in The Crown. Her speech confused many on Twitter who thought she was British and had a natural English accent.
"It goes back and forth because I grew up in both places, so it depends on who I'm talking to," Anderson said during an interview with Scott Lawrence in October. "So usually when I'm talking to Brits, it slides into British, and vice versa for American."
She added that "sometimes it's conscious" because she knows that "somebody will be thrown by it." "So I'll consciously do it, but the majority of time, let's see, if I'm at a dinner party and I'm sat between one of each on either side, I literally can't help," she noted. "It just happens."
In another interview last year with NPR's Terry Gross, the X-Files star added that if she's around American and British people, "I end up sounding somewhere in between, in the middle, because my ears are picking up on different things."
Following her Globes acceptance speech, Baldwin tweeted, "Switching accents? That sounds … fascinating." While the actor -- who has since deleted his Twitter following backlash -- didn't mention Anderson, he later apologized for any offense to her that his comment may have caused.
"The person I was referring to is someone I am a huge fan of.. and that comment was meant to just illustrate the point that multicultural expressions of anyone... that's your business," Baldwin said, adding that he truly meant no disrespect. His comment was in reference to the controversy surrounding his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, and the questions regarding her accent and cultural heritage.
Hilaria's controversy began in December, when questions about her Spanish accent and connection to Spain started circulating on social media. At the same time, it came to light that Hilaria was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and her real name is Hillary Hayward-Thomas.
In an interview with The New York Times, Hilaria defended herself amid the accusations of dishonesty. She's since posted and talked about the controversy on her social media, expressing how she and her family grew up traveling to Spain all their lives.
Remember when TVB palace drama War And Beauty was all the rage?
The TVB palace drama, with its tales of palace intrigue and conniving consorts, was an instant hit when it first aired in 2004, catapulting its stars, including Hongkong actresses Charmaine Sheh, 45, and Gigi Lai, 49, into the A-list.
After the drama aired its final episode, many fans hoped to see Charmaine and Gigi act alongside each other once again. Unfortunately, their hopes were dashed when Gigi retired from showbiz in 2008.
In the years since, Gigi has found considerable success as the boss of a skin care business, while Charmaine focused her sights on China, where she’s super popular now.
But now, some 17 years on, we guess fans can find some joy in the fact that the duo has reunited once more.
And while it isn’t exactly an on-screen reunion, with Charmaine and Gigi apparently meeting up for a short catch-up session, fans were super glad to see the actresses together again.
“We haven’t met in a long time! Charmaine Sheh and I met up for a short while, and spent our time together pleasantly. Looking forward to more interesting works from you. You’ll always be my good companion. [I’m] missing Yi Chun, Zhiruo, Chunfen [the characters that Charmaine played when she acted alongside Gigi]… [I] cherish such a good friend like you!” wrote Gigi, who also posted this pic (see above) of her and Charmaine together.
Similarly, Charmaine also shared the same picture on her Weibo. She later left a comment on Gigi’s post, writing: “I might not meet this friend often, but whenever we do, it feels like [the last time we saw each other] was just yesterday! Gigi Lai’s still as gorgeous as ever! Do you still remember War And Beauty’s Yuk Ying and Yi Sun?” she wrote.
Their posts were super well-received by netizens, with many posting photos of Charmaine and Gigi in War And Beauty. Some also marvelled at how Charmaine and Gigi “don't seem to have aged a day” since 2004, a sentiment that we wholeheartedly agree with.
Chinese actor Gordon Liu, who starred in many martial arts classics as well as both Kill Bill films, has been living in a nursing home ever since suffering a stroke that left him partially paralysed in 2011.
While he generally has a quiet and low-key life, the public still gets occasional updates about him from his good friend Amy Fan.
The kind-hearted Hongkong actress has been taking care of Gordon for many years, and even helped him out when he was embroiled in messy lawsuits with his former assistant, who refused to return his assets to him.
Last Friday (Feb 26), Amy shared her latest photo of Gordon to wish everyone a Happy Lantern Festival.
To the delight of his fans, the 65-year-old appears healthier, younger, and more energetic than before, especially compared to the time he was spotted looking worryingly frail and gaunt just a few months ago.
Netizens were thrilled to see that he’s doing well, and left comments wishing him good health while gushing over how sprightly he looks now.
Gordon’s actually been enjoying a smooth recovery for some time now. Back in January, Amy reassured Hongkong media that Gordon is “undergoing a very stable rehabilitation period” and even gained some weight.
She also cleared up some misunderstandings about his financial situation, which were caused by a report alleging that fans were selling T-shirts with his picture on them to raise funds for his nursing home expenses.
In recent years, Hongkong actress Ada Choi has been known more for her appearances on reality shows. But just what kind of show has she been busy with lately?
On March 2, news that the 47-year-old had been rushed to the hospital in the midst of filming was reported by the Chinese media. The initial reason given was that Ada was “feeling unwell”, which caused many of her fans to worry that she might have suffered a serious injury.
Thankfully, their worries were laid to rest hours later after photos posted by the crew members revealed that Ada was in the hospital to get treated for a dog bite.
The star posted this message on her Weibo shortly after: “I didn’t want to talk about it since it’s a small issue, but I’ll do so since I’ve worried all of you. I was in the middle of a shoot when I was bitten by a dog. Thankfully, the wound isn’t deep but I decided to go to the hospital since [its teeth] punctured my skin. The doctor recommended that I take a rabies shot. There’s nothing to worry about!”
Her statement led netizens to wonder what Ada was filming that involved dogs.
There were also some who told Ada to rest up over the next couple of days just in case of the side effects of the shot.
One netizen said, “As with any other vaccination, there’s a risk of having severe allergic reactions. Earning money for the family is important, but so is your health.”
Anyone with young children would know that going on a work trip, whether for a couple of days or an extended period of time, can be difficult both for the parents and the kids.
Which is why Hongkong actor and devoted father Moses Chan, decided to prepare his three kids, Aiden Joshua, seven, and Nathan Lucas, five, and Camilla, three, for his absence way in advance.
The 49-year-old left for Shenzhen to shoot the sequel to 2019 hit medical drama Big White Duel.
Filming for the series began last November, with the last leg of the shoot taking place in the Chinese city. The shoot would last around a month, however with the quarantine period, it means Moses would be away from his wife, Aimee Chan, 39, and their kids for two months.
To prepare his kids for his absence, Moses revealed that he gave them “psychological counselling”.
“They said they didn’t want me to go," Moses told reporters during an event for cop drama Armed Reaction 2021 that's now showing on TVB. "I hope to return to Hongkong in time to celebrate my wife, daughter and my birthdays in April. If I don’t make it, I will have to make up for it later.” Their birthdays fall on April 1, 27, and 16, respectively.
Fortunately, the kids were in school when he left, so there wasn’t any major issue that arose from saying goodbye.
Though Moses will miss his kids, he admitted that the 21-day quarantine is a good chance for him to rest and take his mind off work.
He will also be able to use the time to get some workouts in, as well as indulge in his coffee making pastime.
In Big White Duel 2, Moses plays a flirtatious ER doctor, who is caught in a love triangle with Roger Kwok and Kelly Cheung’s characters.
Ironically, Moses was originally offered Roger’s role of neurosurgeon YT Yeung in the first installment of the drama, but he turned it down.
Big White Duel, the second-highest rated TVB drama of 2019, won Best Drama and also Best Actor for Kenneth Ma at the TVB Anniversary Awards last year.
Carina Lau and Tony Leung are more than just a married couple, they are also business partners.
In 2018, Tony decided against extending his contract with Wong Kar Wai’s company Jet Tone Films to become a free agent. Carina then assumed the role as Tony's manager while he searched for a suitable candidate.
Two years later and Carina is still her husband’s manager as he hasn’t found someone he can trust with the job.
At the recent Weibo Awards Ceremony, Carina revealed: “I’m doing my best to help him with his schedule during this transition period (…) However, I don’t want to work with him in the long term as we’ll have professional disagreements.”
Carina also saidd that their disputes are mostly solved by her giving in to him, adding that she lets him have his way 90 per cent of the time.
“I think he’s grateful to me as I’ve been working very hard to help and protect him (…)," she said. "I want to protect him ‘cos he’s an outstanding actor. He’s not good at holding discussions and communicating with others as he’s introverted, which is why I felt that I should help him in this aspect.”
Over the past couple of years, netizens have taken all kinds of random details as ‘evidence’ that Chinese celeb couple Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy are no longer married. Most of the theories are pretty far-fetched, but we have to say that the latest ‘hint’ is perhaps the most damning so far.
On Sunday (Feb 28, which was also Angelababy’s 32nd birthday), both Xiaoming and Angelababy attended the star-studded Weibo Awards Ceremony, which marked the first time they were at the same public event since June 2019.
Sounds like it would’ve been a good opportunity for them to show the world that they’re still very much in love, right?
However, not only did Angelababy walk the red carpet alone, she and Xiaoming, 43, were said to have had “zero interaction” throughout the entire event.
In fact, they reportedly never even exchanged eye contact, as if they were deliberately trying to avoid each other (hmmm, like awkward exes?).
Angelababy’s interview on the red carpet raised eyebrows as well. When asked about her expectations for the new year, the star shared that she hopes to be “in a better mood” in 2021 and have more time to spend with her friends.
Make of that what you will, we guess.
And then there was their seating arrangement, which certainly caused a stir among netizens.
In order to comply with safe distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, all attendees were seated about 1m apart, but the strange thing was that Xiaoming and Angelababy weren’t next to each other. In fact, they weren’t even in the same row. Dun dun dun...
On the other hand, there was still a group of optimistic fans who pointed out that Xiaoming took out his mobile phone to snap a photo of his wife when she went on stage to accept an award, which supposedly contradicts with all those speculations about their relationship being on the rocks.
“This is too sweet! I feel like the rumours have collapsed on their own,” gushed one excited netizen, while another wrote, “You really can’t trust those rumours.”
Alex To Remembers How The Late Ng Man Tat Bought Jackets For The Crew When He Found Out They Didn’t Have Winter Clothing
Celebrities and fans are mourning the death of Hongkong actor Ng Man Tat who passed away on Saturday (Feb 27) after a battle with liver cancer. According to reports, Man Tat’s family was by his side when he passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was 70.
Hongkong singer-actor Alex To posted a heartwarming tribute to Man Tat on Facebook, reminiscing about the times they shared on set and the impact the late actor had on his life.
The first time they worked together was on 2004 Chinese period drama Young People of Border Town, where they played a pair of low-ranking officials. Alex said that though they were only on set together for two months, Man Tat left a deep impression on him.
"Not only did he teach me what being a good actor means, he also showed me what a 'heroic' senior he was," wrote Alex, 59.
Alex recalled that the shoot took place in a film studio in Wuxi in early December and the conditions were rough. Not only were the wages meager, they had to work 16 hour days, and six or seven people had to share a room.
One night, there was a cold snap and the temperature dipped to -11 degrees Celsius. Many of the crew only had thin clothes with them, so the thoughtful Man Tat got his personal assistant to go into the city the next morning to buy more than 20 down jackets for everyone.
“Everyone was very grateful for the jackets. I was moved by Tat Gor's actions, and I still remember it clearly to this day," said Alex.
Filming was tough for Man Tat too. On the first day of the shoot, Man Tat was kicked by a camel and the force fractured his right thigh.
"He had to rely on crutches to move around [for the rest of the shoot] but he never complained and continued working in spite of his injuries,” Alex said.
He added that regardless of how late filming wrapped the night before, Man Tat would always arrived on set fresh and prepared.
“Before I worked with Tat Gor, I heard from other actors that he’s like a ‘computer’ and would never bring his script to set. I remember that every morning when we were doing our make-up, Man Tat, with a smile on his face, would ask me to recite the first line in the first scene. If the first line of dialogue was his, he would say it then ask me to carry on from there. But nine out of 10 times, I wouldn’t be able to do it because I was still half asleep,” recalled Alex.
“Looking back, I don’t think he was joking with me, but spurring me to get into character. He was like a master who was willing to teach martial arts to a junior who had no foundation. Telling this singer who had lived a life of luxury what acting is,” he said, adding that Man Tat had also gifted him a book, titled The Birth of a Character, that “changed his entire approach to acting”.
Alex also praised Man Tat’s strong work ethic and how the latter was always willing to share his expertise.
“In this drama, Tat Gor and I had the most scenes together. Regardless of whether you can see Man Tat on screen, he was always there to deliver his lines opposite me. This attitude towards work has been useful in my career and I have received a lot of praise when I work with other directors and actors. However, in Man Tat’s world, this attitude was a given,” said Alex.
The pair had gotten so close during the shoot that when filming wrapped, Alex got so emotional that he hugged Man Tat and cried: “I don’t know if it’s because I was parting ways with this good partner, who was also a mentor and friend. Or it’s because we could no longer do our make-up together every day. Or because I wasn’t sure when we could meet again,” he said.
Fortunately, they continued to keep in touch and would meet up for meals whenever they could.
“He was like family,” said Alex, adding that news of Man Tat’s death pained him.
“When I heard the news of Tat Gor’s death, a scene appeared in my mind: time had gone back to a day when we were shooting in the Beijing desert. It was very cold that day. We filmed the entire morning and by the time we had lunch, the food was already cold. When I opened the bento box, there was a sudden gust of wind, blowing sand onto my bitter gourd and rice. Resentment was written all over my face as I ate the grains of sand. Then I heard Man Tat saying: "Alex, eat lah."
There was once a time when Jaden Zhang was cruelly dubbed the “least attractive” of ‘90s bombshell Christy Chung’s three daughters (damn bad, right!?). But it looks like haters finally have to eat their words now that the 12-year-old is making waves for her talent and good looks.
While Jaden is no stranger to dance competitions, she’s now strutting her stuff on a much bigger stage as a participant on Chinese variety show Let’s Dance!, and one of her latest performances has got audiences raving about her.
In a recent episode, Jaden delivered a powerful and mesmerising dance performance to ‘Everybody Wants To Be A Cat’ in a shiny, fluffy dress with golden heels and hair ties that resembled cat ears.
The tween’s smooth moves, confidence, and style earned her some well-deserved high praise from the judges, who said: “My jaw quickly dropped. That was the most beautiful line I’ve ever seen on a 12-year-old girl.” (P/S: The term “line” refers to the outline of a dancer’s body while posing or performing.)
Netizens also went crazy over Jaden’s gracefulness and good looks, particularly her “long and slender legs” that she undoubtedly inherited from her hot mama.
Comments include: “Her proportions are really amazing”, “My God, I’m so envious of her”, “Wow, I didn’t expect her to turn into a beautiful young lady. Her dancing is great, those long legs!”, and “Her dancing is too charming! I look forward to her future endeavours”.
Proud mama Christy herself also gushed about her daughter on Weibo, writing, “This little cat girl danced so elegantly”, to which Jaden modestly replied, “This was an unforgettable performance! I will continue to work hard!”
According to reports, Jaden started learning Latin dance when she was seven years old, so she has about five years of experience under her belt.
She’s done some modelling too, having walked the runway for a children’s fashion boutique with her younger sister Cayla in December 2019, proving that she isn’t afraid of the spotlight.
Jaden and Cayla are Christy’s daughters from her second marriage to music producer Jon Yen. Christy, who is currently married to Chinese actor Shawn Zhang, also has 23-year-old Yasmine from her first marriage to British businessman Glen Ross.