Zhao Wei (born 12 March 1976) a.k.a. Vicki Zhao is a Chinese actress, director, and pop singer.She discovered acting by accident in 1993, when her hometown was chosen as the location of the shooting of Hua Hun, a film starring Gong Li, and she got to play as an extra. In 1995 she starred in a Live-Action Television series, Yu Tian You Gu Shi, and in the feature film Penitentiary Angel. Her more notable roles since then include Xiao Yan Zi in Princess Returning Pearl (her Star-Making Role), Sue in So Close, Ah Mui in Shaolin Soccer, Yao Mulan in Moment in Peking, Sun Shangxiang in Red Cliff, and the main character in Mulan: Rise of a Warrior. In 2006, she started her Masters degree in Directing at the Beijing Film Academy. In 2013, she released her first feature film as a director, called So Young, which was also her graduation project. The film was released in theatre to commercial success, breaking many box office records, and she becomes the first female director whose debut feature makes over 100 million RMB at the box office.She lives with her husband, a businessman, and their daughter, born in 2010.