Hollywood Weekly interviews film producer and philanthropist Rebecca Wang

In a six page interview given in the latest issue of Hollywood Weekly magazine, Rebecca Wang provides the most insightful account of herself to date, creating a kaleidoscopic portrait which covers the early formative influences and interests in her life, her passions, values and belief systems, sources of motivation and the broadest definitions of her aims, and by no means inconsiderable achievements.

Whether describing her work-life route from academic success at a prestigious US university through personal development and learning as a practising psychotherapist, or her first cinematic creation as an executive Hollywood producer working with a cast of A-list Oscar nominees and a BAFTA winner, or sharing a modest insight for her inimitable star quality appearance and bearing, or in showing the dedication which she brings to her philanthropic work, Rebecca reveals herself to be a special multifaceted person of many talents who brings a highly intelligent and hands on approach along with an appreciative, compassionate and respectful attitude, to both mankind and life, and all that they bring.

Rebecca spent her early years in Asia, but she later lived and worked in the US and Europe. Having lived abroad from a young age, along with yearly international travel with family provided her "a whole new set of experiences", which she described "not only exciting but very rewarding". The experiences left her with an enduring love of travel, and also a practice of behaving open-mindedly and compassionately to all people, no matter where they are from.

Rebecca's life has been and still is a continuous journey, both personally and professionally. In the interview she acknowledges the different ingredients that have formed her: how the practice of sport, ballet and piano when young honed the qualities of focus, discipline and patience; how, always trusting her intuition to take her to the right path, she chose to study at university of California at Berkeley with a Master's degree in clinical psychology, then practiced psychotherapy in leading institutions.

Her recognition of the healing role of the arts in therapy was the stepping stone in the move towards the active role of creation in the film industry. She acknowledges that this move, which may seem for many to have been a seismic shift, was a huge challenge, describing it as "an achievement and also a major learning curve", a personal mastery, which meant breaking through her own fears and limitations.

Rebecca describes her primary driving force and motivation being the "ability to create, to see and to watch an idea grow and develop from nothing into a finished entity", along with the privilege of being "able to experience and develop or learn from that complete process".

Rebecca lives her life to the fullest. She has a huge desire for and love of the arts which translates into her being an active supporter for the film and TV charity BAFTA, as well as world class museums and art galleries in London. Beyond the arts, her philanthropy, which she views as a universal human attribute -she feels that each and every one of us can make a difference, is directed towards the realm of health and humanitarian issues, most notably the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) for which renowned Inspiration Galas she has acted as sponsor and chair.

With a reputation of always appearing elegant, calm and composed when at special events, Rebecca credits her regular practice of meditation or yoga before any such occasion as possibly contributing to the serene aura around her in any of the accompanying photos.

Rebecca shows no hint of complacency: when asked about her accomplishments she explains that she never feels as if she is atop a mountain of impressive achievements, she explains that for her, there is always a natural urge to strive further. When asked to define the greatest obstacles she had to overcome when making her first Hollywood production, she is pragmatic in her response. The film executive producer explains that it's no different to any other field of work; the key was to be able to overcome every obstacle as they occurred on a daily basis.

Crucial in her approach to life are the values she judges as important: honesty, integrity, respect and loyalty. The choice of lotus flower as her company's logo with its symbolism of growing through difficulties towards the light underlines the morality she incorporates into all that she does

With this life position, it is more than probable that whatever the next challenges that come her way, Rebecca will render them as brilliantly as everything else she has touched to date through the working of her own unique alchemy.


Read the full interview on Hollywood Weekly here: http://www.rebeccawangentertainment.com/press/the-virtuoso-life-of-rebecca-wang


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About Us

Rebecca Wang is an entrepreneur, executive film producer and former psychotherapist who is passionate about all forms of artistic expression. She is also keen in her desire to bring effective support to projects focusing on health and humanitarian issues. Wang spent her early years in Asia, and has since lived in the US and Europe. Having graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, she has practiced at various leading institutions such as the University of Californian as well as several elementary schools, specializing in family, children, and couples counseling. It was the realization of the healing role of the arts in therapy, which was the catalyst for her to pursue her own creative dreams through filmmaking. Inspired to expand the reach of her work, in 2011 she made her production debut as executive producer with the Hollywood feature film Passion Play, which was selected for the prestigious 37th International Toronto Film Festival. Passion Play starred BAFTA winner Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray, both of whom had been previously nominated for Academy Awards. Wang is based in London where her appreciation of all arts is channeled into a wide range of leading organisations and arts venues in the capital. She is member of the Academy Circle for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), a Director of Circle for the Victoria and Albert Museum, and patron to the National, Tate Modern and Serpentine Galleries. Recognising the power of music’s properties for healing has led her to be a patron to the Royal College of Music. She also has a broad interest in design, photography and fashion. In addition to her passion for all art forms, she is also committed to projects that focus on health and humanitarian issues and the global efforts against AIDS, supporting two of the foremost charities in this field. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which was established by the musician in 1992, is one of the largest privately-funded institutions in the world working to overcome AIDS. Since its beginning the Foundation has prioritized the pivotal areas of treatment, prevention and education, and raised over $300 million to support more than 1,200 projects world-wide. Wang has been benefactor over two consecutive years (2011, 2012) to the EJAF’s Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, the most high-profile and largest fundraising event held in Hollywood on Oscar night. In 2014 and 2015 she has resumed her support as patron for the event, a position she also held for their New York Enduring Vision benefit in October 2013. This event recognizes outstanding contribution in the campaign against AIDS and in 2013 honored Hilary Clinton with the Founder’s Award for her tireless work in the field. amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, plays a leading global role in the area of research, treatment and education for AIDS. It attracts and fosters support and ongoing patronage from many leading public figures in the fields of film, fashion and music, including the late Elizabeth Taylor, Karl Lagerfeld and David Bowie. The non-profit organization can also count on endorsement from those whose actions carry global influence, such as former US President Bill Clinton. With Piaget and M.A.C Viva Glam, Wang acted as a sponsor for the 2012 Paris Inspiration Gala. She has also joined with others including amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole as Chairs for both the Los Angeles and New York Inspiration Galas in 2013 and 2014. Among those who have received awards at these events to honor their long term work and committed stance towards AIDS have been Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, philanthropist Aileen Getty, fashion legend Valentino, actress Goldie Hawn, singer Jennifer Lopez, and film director and designer Tom Ford. Beyond the worlds of arts and humanitarian issues, Wang also has genuine concern for animals, particularly for dogs who have been maltreated, and supports the RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The RSPCA is the oldest organization for animal welfare in the world and since its foundation in 1824 has played an active role in both the creation of animal welfare legislation and in its enforcement. Rebecca continues to focus on ventures reflecting creativity across all art forms and initiatives which further her desire for a greater understanding of humanitarian issues. www.rebeccawangentertainment.com