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Meet Mrs Jay Chou, Skyscraper actress: five things about Hannah Quinlivan you may not know

To some she is a Taiwanese actress, to others a fashion designer. To anyone else she is the woman who married Jay Chou in a fairy tale wedding in the UK

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 July, 2018, 6:34pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 July, 2018, 9:29am

She maybe a household name in her native Taiwan as an actress, a model and fashion designer, but to the rest of the world, Hannah Quinlivan – or Kun Ling as she is known at home – is probably most famous for being that lucky bride of Mando-pop star Jay Chou in 2015.

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Now with a new film role – her Hollywood debut, no less, starring alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Neve Campbell in the Hong Kong-set action thriller Skyscraper – the mixed-race 26-year-old (her father is Australian and her mother is Korean Taiwanese) may be on the cusp of international stardom.

Here are five things you need to know about Quinlivan.

1. Despite her sweet looks and baby face, Quinlivan is no pushover. For a start, in Skyscraper she plays an assassin. In real life, she is the creative director of her own fashion brand, which she started this year and which is about to hold its first catwalk show in New York this month . She is known to call her own shots and does not tolerate inefficiency.

2. Quinlivan can also be quite indecisive over things such as choosing the fabric for a particular jacket. She would struggle over the use of wider or narrow stripes: “because both of them are so beautiful!” (as she is quoted on her company website).

3. It was an appearance in the popular Taiwanese variety show called Blackie's Teenage Club that led to Quinlivan performing with the well-known group Hey Girl.

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4. After appearing in a few music videos (not with future husband Jay, though), the young actress wished to further her career in acting and attended a programme in film production and acting at the New York Film Academy for eight weeks in 2012. “It was great there. It forced me out of my comfort zone and let me try to reach a level that I never have, which is wonderful,” she said.

5. When she was 14, Quinlivan met her pop star husband in a clothing store that Chou invested in. But it was not until 2014 that news broke that the two were engaged; they tied the knot at Selby Abbey in Yorkshire, England on January 17, 2015.