Passion Play executive producer Rebecca Wang is a woman on top.
ISSUE: Fall 2011
STORY: Janice Jann
Don’t call Rebecca Wang a multi- hyphenate.
“Multi-hyphenates do not present motion pictures,” says the film producer who released her first Hollywood film, Passion Play in May 2011, starring Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray and Megan Fox. “What I am striving to achieve through Rebecca Wang Entertainment will prove that.”
But the stunning beauty, with her milky skin and a figure made for ball gowns, has already found enviable success in several challenging fields in her young lifetime.
The Chinese American moved to the U.S. for *college. After graduating, Wang worked as a therapist for several years. Though she found the job rewarding, Wang wanted to exercise her creativity, so she left her practice and opened a fashion boutique in China. She inherited her passion for fashion from her mother. “From a young age, I would accompany my mother to Paris and to Milan every year to experience the fashion shows,” says Wang.
A career in fashion eventually turned into a career in film. Though Wang loves all the arts, film is her favorite because, she explains, it “will not only tell a story but engage the viewers.”
The first few years of breaking into producing was not easy. “I had to be clear with the direction my decisions were taking me while being patient and diligent,” she says. When the Passion Play project got around to Wang, the industry novice took charge as executive producer, rounding up an impressive cast and working for months in Albuquerque, N.M., to lift the romantic-fantasy drama from paper to screen.
Wang handled being a newcomer — and a rare female in power — well. “It was a difficult position regardless of gender,” she says. “There are many talented women in this field; they are simply a little more incognito than we realize.”
So as a producer, has Wang found her professional calling? “If I knew the details, then it would spoil the surprise,” she says of her long-term goals. Currently, Wang’s production company is looking for another project to produce, but she is also working on a self-help book. Wang may not consider herself a multi-hyphenate, but she is definitely something else.
*Wang attended UC Berkeley, obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and subsequently became a psychotherapist.
More info on Rebecca here at www.rebeccawangentertainment.com
— Janice Jann
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