Ouyang Nana
歐陽娜娜
Ouyang in 2017
Born
Ouyang Nana

(2000-06-15) 15 June 2000 (age 21)
Taipei, Taiwan
EducationBerklee College of Music
OccupationCellist, actress, singer, musician
Years active2014–present
AgentSony Music Entertainment China
Parent(s)Ouyang Lung
Fu Chuen
RelativesOuyang Fei Fei (aunt)
Musical career
GenresC-pop, Mandopop
InstrumentsVocals, cello
Years active2016–present
LabelsSony Music Entertainment China

Ouyang Nana (Chinese: 歐陽娜娜; pinyin: Ōuyáng Nànà; born 15 June 2000) is a Taiwanese musician and actress, known for coming of age romance film Secret Fruit and the cyberpunk action film Bleeding Steel.

Career

Music

Inspired by cellist Mei-Ying Liao, Ouyang Nana started playing the guitar at the age of four, piano at the age of five and cello at the age of six. She won first place in cello and guitar and second place in piano at the Wenhua Taiwan Cup Music Competition in Taiwan.[1] She started attending the music program at Dunhua Elementary School (敦化國民小學) in 2008 and graduated from the school in 2012 with top honors.

In 2010, she was admitted to study cello at the Affiliated Junior High School of National Taiwan Normal University. The same year, she became the principal cellist of the Century Youth Orchestra.[2] In 2011, she took first place in the Grand Taiwan National Music Competition in both the cello and string quartet categories and first place in the National Music Competition of Taiwan. She has also participated in the National Cello Institute Summer Festival in the U.S. and 2011 Salut Summer Festival in Taitung.[1]

In 2012, Ouyang became the youngest cellist to give a solo recital debut in Concert Hall of Taiwan.[3] The same year, she won the First Award at the Taiwan School Year 100 National Music Competition and was accepted to the junior high music program at National Taiwan Normal University.

In 2013, Ouyang began attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.[4] She then held a series of sold-out concerts in Taiwan and was invited by Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan to perform in their concert.

Ouyang left the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015.[citation needed] She then signed with Universal Music Group's Mercury Classics label and released her solo debut album 15, a classical album.[5][6]

In 2016, she released her first single, "Warming Your Winter," for her first television drama, Yes! Mr. Fashion, produced by Mandopop producer Jim Lee.[7]

In 2017, she released her second album, Cello Loves Disney.[8] In December, she performed at the Oscars of science, where she performed a rendition of "See You Again" alongside American rapper Wiz Khalifa. Ouyang became the first Asian person to perform at the event.[3]

Acting

Ouyang first attracted attention with her appearance in the 2014 romance film, Beijing Love Story where she played a cellist.[9] She next starred in the sports film To the Fore,[10] where she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress at the Macau International Film Festival.

In 2016, she began filming for the science fiction film, Bleeding Steel with Jackie Chan.[11] The same year, she made her small-screen debut in the romance comedy drama Yes! Mr. Fashion opposite Chen Xuedong.[12]

In 2017, she was cast as the female lead in the youth film Secret Fruit, based on the novel of the same name by Rao Xueman.[13]

In 2018, she was cast as the female lead in the fantasy adventure drama The Great Ruler opposite Roy Wang.[14]

Personal life

Ouyang Nana is the daughter of veteran actors Ouyang Long and Fu Juan. She is also the niece of Taiwanese pop singer Ouyang Fei Fei.[15] After she left Curtis, in September 2018, Ouyang resumed her studies at the Berklee College of Music.[16]

Support for the People's Republic of China

On March 21, 2019, Ouyang Nana said that she is proud of "being Chinese" and will never forget her roots after being censored by Beijing Television. This caused controversy due to the sensitive situation regarding China–Taiwan relations. It is said that it may be due to her dad's political stance. She said on Instagram and China's Twitter-like Weibo that "I am proud of being Chinese." She wrote in a statement: "As an overseas student, [I] often get asked 'where do you come from?' I come from China. This is my answer."[17] She said:" I have a good relationship with both of my parental and maternal grandparents since I was young. I grew up hearing Sichuan dialect, and they said that people should not forget about their roots wherever they go. I am proud of being Chinese. I will remember that my hometown is Ji'an Jiangxi [sic]. I will never forget how touched I was when I saw my name on the old Genealogy."[18]

Nana's statement on Weibo, on which she has more than 14 million followers, received a round of applause from her fans in mainland China. The same post, however, sparked debate on Instagram among users from Taiwan and Mainland China, who argued whether Nana is Chinese or Taiwanese. [19] Her Facebook page sparked anger of some Taiwanese netizens, asking her to 'get out of Taiwan' and 'give up Taiwanese ID, passport and Medicare'.[20]

On March 22, 2019, Ouyang Nana's dad responded to the media saying "from my [cultural and] political background, I support the One-China Policy and 1992 Consensus“, and he felt sad for his daughter being mistreated "simply by saying the status quo", and also Democratic Progressive Party should take responsibility for Cross-Strait relations.[21]

In March 2021, she announced support for cotton from Xinjiang in mainland China, after some companies had expressed concerns about human rights abuses at the Xinjiang internment camps.[22]

Discography

Albums

Year English title Chinese title Notes
2015 15 N/A
2017 Cello Loves Disney 梦想练习曲

Extended plays

Title Album details Sales
NANA I[23][24]
  • Released: June 9, 2020
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment China
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Track listing
  1. The Best For You
  2. Tell Me You Do Too
  3. To Be Happy
N/A
NANA II[25][26]
  • Released: November 6, 2020
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment China
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Track listing
  1. Gemini (雙子)
  2. Alike (仿生人)
  3. Secret Garden (未曾許諾的花園)
N/A

Singles

Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2016 "Warming Your Winter" 溫暖你的冬 Yes! Mr. Fashion OST
2017 "The Secret Words" 秘语 Secret Fruit OST with Chen Feiyu[27]
"For My 17-year-old Self" 给17岁的自己 [28]
"17-year-old, I've Got Something to Say" 17岁的我, 有些话想说
2018 "Tree Hollow" 树洞 N/A
2019 "To Me" N/A
2020 "One Heart One Thought" 一心一念 The Great Ruler OST
"I Don't Gotta Know" N/A with Fan Chengcheng

Filmography

Film

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2014 Beijing Love Story 北京爱情故事 Liu Xingyang
2015 To the Fore 破风 Chen Yiqiao
2016 Mission Milano 王牌逗王牌 Luo Jiaxin [29]
2017 Beautiful Accident 美好的意外 Xing Xing [30]
Secret Fruit 秘果 Yu Chizi
Bleeding Steel 机器之血 Nancy
2019 The Opera House 武动天地
2021 1921 1921 Tao Hsuan

Television series

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2016 Yes! Mr. Fashion 是!尚先生 Lu Xiaokui
2020 The Great Ruler 大主宰 Luo Li

Television shows

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2018 Ace vs Ace Season 3 王牌对王牌 3 Emcee [31]
2018–2019 Sister's Flower Shop 小姐姐的花店 Host [32]
2020 Fourtry 2 潮流合伙人2 Cast member [33]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Hito Music Awards iQiyi Popularity Award "Warming Your Winter" Won [34]
2017 31st Japan Gold Disc Award Best 3 New Artist 15 Won [35]
17th Top Chinese Music Awards Most Anticipated Promising Idol Won [36]
2019 8th iQiyi All-Star Carnival Best Live Singer N/A Won [37]
Jinri Toutiao Awards Ceremony Music Creator of the Year N/A Won [38]
2020 Weibo Awards Ceremony Rising Artist of the Year N/A Won [39]
Forbes China Celebrity 100 list N/A 73rd [40]

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