Time And Space: Liu TaoWritten by Melissa Kong
Chopard’s Friend of the Brand answers our questions about life and memories.
Since breaking into the entertainment scene in 2000, Chinese actress Liu Tao has become a household name through popular TV dramas like My Fair Princess III and Madam White Snake. The A-lister (she ranked sixth on Forbes China Celebrity 100 List in 2017) is Chopard’s Friend of the Brand in China and has a penchant for the Maison’s Happy Diamonds collection, which she also represents.
Describe your current state of mind.
I'm keeping an optimistic and positive attitude, to both enjoy life and the sense of satisfaction and happiness I get from fulfilling work. We shouldn’t stop trying to move forward. Instead, cherish every opportunity to learn and grown, and dare to have a breakthrough.
Tell us about your favourite memory.
Honestly, I hope I will have a lot of unforgettable memories, whether in my family life with my husband and children, or in my acting career. While I am still creating these memories, the days of my childhood when I lived with my grandpa and grandma are gone. This experience has had a great influence on me and I miss it a lot.
Which part of the day are you at your most productive, and why?
Before I go to bed. At the end of a busy day, when I lie cosily down in bed, I can recall the day and all that I have done. When I am in this calm state, I have a clear mind and make decisions effectively. This has been my habit all this while. I think we should always remember to reflect upon ourselves and, at the same time, make plans for the future, to ensure more efficiency both in work and life in general.
What is your idea of a perfect moment?
When the kids fall asleep and my husband and I lie together, chatting and watching movies. These are the most comfortable and casual moments. Even such small things could bring about the greatest happiness.
If you were to travel back in time, which moment or era would you choose?
I wish I could return to the days I miss the most—back to my childhood when my grandparents were still alive. I really treasured my childhood and those days will influence me for a lifetime.
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
I may not want to give her any advice. Instead, I’d like to tell her, “You are great!” Thanks to her efforts and persistence, I am who I am today. While I am not perfect—the truth is, a perfect life doesn’t exist—at least I have no regrets and I am still who I am.
If you were to reincarnate and come back in your next life as a person or thing, what would it be?
If possible, I would want to change my identity and become a bird so I can simply be free to fly and pursue a sense of freedom.
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".