|Chloé Zhao Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||March 31, 1982|
|Boyfriend||Joshua James Richards|
Chloé Zhao is a Chinese film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor who has directed, written, and produced the drama films My Brothers Taught Me (2015), The Rider (2017), and Nomadland (2020). The last of those films had won the ‘Golden Lion’ award at the Venice Film Festival and the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Toronto International Film Festival. In September 2018, she was hired by Marvel Studios to direct the superhero film Eternals.
Los Angeles, California, United States
Chloé had attended a boarding school in London, before completing her high school graduation from an institution in Los Angeles. She had then joined Mount Holyoke College, a private liberal arts women’s college in South Hadley, Massachusetts, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science.
She had also studied film production at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Editor
- Father – Zhao Yuji (Former General Manager of a Chinese State-Owned Steel Company)
- Mother – Her mother is a hospital worker who had once worked in a performance troupe for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
- Others – Song Dandan (Step-Mother) (Actress), Batu Ying (Step-Brother)
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
56 kg or 123.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Chloé has dated –
- Joshua James Richards (2016-Present)
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Chinese descent.
- Long, straight hair
- Petite frame
- Cryptic smile
- Radiant face
Chloé Zhao Facts
- Chloé’s first breakthrough had come in 2010 when her short film titled Daughters had won the ‘Best Student Live Action Short’ award at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest and the ‘Special Jury Prize’ at the 2010 Cinequest Film Festival. It had also been premiered at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
- She had worked on this and other short films while she was still studying at college. During this time she had worked several odd jobs such as a party promoter, in real estate, and bartending before joining the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. One of her professors there was acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee.
- Her debut feature film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), was premiered as a part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, and as part of the Director’s Fortnight selection at the Cannes Film Festival. It had also earned a nomination in the category of ‘Best First Feature’ at the 31st Independent Spirit Awards.
- For her 2017 film titled The Rider, she had been nominated for the ‘Best Feature’ and ‘Best Director’ awards at the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards. At the same ceremony, she was honored as the inaugural winner of the ‘Bonnie Award’ which was instituted to recognize the achievements of mid-career female directors. The award was named after Bonnie Tiburzi, an American aviator who was the first female pilot for a major American commercial airline.
- She is an animal lover and owns 3 chickens and 2 pet dogs.
- During the 2021 Golden Globes, she received the “Best Director” award for her film, Nomadland (2020). This made her the first Asian woman to receive a Golden Globe Award in the “Best Director” category and the 2nd woman to win a Golden Globe Award for directing. She also received the “Best Director” award at the 2021 Critics Choice Awards for the film, Nomadland (2020).
- In April 2021, she won the Academy Award in the “Best Director” category for Nomadland. This made her the first Asian woman and the 2nd woman in history to win “Best Director”.
Featured Image by Chloé Zhao / Instagram