Shenzhen Mixed Child Star Attends Exclusive Cannes Film Festival
15 May 2018
At just 11 years old, Sophia Higgins is already making waves around the world. She recently received a formal invitation from the Cannes Film Festival Organisation to take part in an experience of a lifetime, the Festival de Cannes, an exclusive invitation-only event held in Cannes, France.
The daughter of an American father and Shanghainese mother, Sophia splits her time between international school in Shenzhen and holidays with her Shanghai relatives. You may have been fortunate enough to witness this star in the making on stage in Shekou, Shenzhen, where she has performed with a variety of acts at various venues over the past three years.
The Cannes Film Festival
In its 71st year, the annual Cannes Festival (aka: Festival de Cannes, aka: Cannes Film Festival), is going now until May 19th. The festival previews new films of all genres and is attended by many movie stars and media from around the world.
Sophia Higgins with Jessica Kahawaty, Lebanese Australian model, TV Host, and Miss World Australia 2012.
Sophia with famous HK actor Aaron Kwok, a Hong Kong singer, dancer and actor, considered one of the "Four Heavenly Kings" of Hong Kong.
Sophia with famous HK actor Celina Jade, an American-Hong Kong actress, singer-songwriter, model and martial artist, who recently starred in the 2017 blockbuster Wolf Warrior 2, the highest-grossing Chinese film ever, bring in 5.5 billion RMB last year.
Sophia Higgins with Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Festival, 2018
Sophia Higgins with Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of the Cannes Festival, 2018
Sophia Higgins with Khadja Nin, Burundian singer, musician, and 2018 jury member at the Cannes Film Festival.
Sophia Higgins with Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish filmmaker, director, screenwriter, producer, and former actor with four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. He was also the President of the Jury for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Sophia Huang Higgins
Already singing and dancing on stage at various venues in Shekou, Shenzhen, China by the age of eight years old, Sophia Huang Higgins won her first role in a children's dramatic series playing the fighter, Guan Yu, hero of the classic Chinese drama, Three Kingdoms. Sophia's compelling looks and penetrating eyes were a perfect fit for Guan Yu's steely resolve. To play the character authentically, Sophia had to learn the classic Chinese spoken a thousand years ago. That's the kind of challenge she takes in her stride.
Sophia Huang Higgins walks the Cannes Red Carpet to attend the screening of Ash Is Purest White, 江湖儿女 / Jiang hu er nv, by Director Jia Zhangke; a Chinese film in competition this year, among 19 other films, for the Palme d'Or (the Golden Palm), the highest and most prestigious award at the Cannes Film Festival.
For a subsequent film – and a part involving rope, stick, and sword; high-wire flying; and horse riding – Sophia underwent two months of training in choreographed kung fu. That's where her fearlessness really counts. For an active all-rounder (in her spare time Sophia enjoys inline skating, scuba diving, kite surfing, free-style diving, soccer, hip-hop, horse riding, boxing, and rock climbing), physical performances are all in a day's work.
Today, at the age of just 11, Sophia crosses cultural and stylistic boundaries with effortless ease. She's fluent in English and Mandarin, is deeply immersed in her Chinese and Western family cultures, and brings an uninhibited freshness and vitality to performances for both audiences. From demure to feisty, comedic to hard-edged, athletic to serene, Sophia switches roles without a thought. She's the girl next door and the girl with attitude.
This versatility has brought her fame and a growing following in China. TV and internet audiences have warmed to this fun-loving, warm-hearted, free-spirited, and irrepressibly social star of game and reality shows. With classmates, friends, and family all over the world, Sophia dreams that one day she'll play a part in an internationally distributed film that her friends and relatives can see on screens in their own home towns.
- Top 10 Most Influential Figures of the Year 2017: Chinese Film-Makers Spring Festival Gala (Beijing 2018)
- New and Vigorous Star Award: Grand Ceremony of Star Power for Hollywood of the East (Shanghai 2018)
- Outstanding Young Actress Award: Hunan Radio and TV (Beijing 2017)
- Champion in Junior Equestrian Cross-bar Event: Canton Camelot Cup Equestrian Show-jumping Competition (Guangdong 2014)
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