At the after party at the Bowery Hotel — which drew guests such as Kristin Davis, Thakoon Panichgul, Vivienne Tam and Kiera Chaplin — Wei quietly held court, looking elegant and demure in a diaphanous nude Jean Yu dress, silver Prada sandals and an eye-catching Lulu Frost cuff. Draped in a thick shawl to fend off the evening chill, the baby-faced star admitted that in real life, she is much more modest than her cinematic counterpart might suggest.
"When I go to the doctor and they have to listen to my heartbeat, I lift up my blouse [and] I'm so shy," she said blushing. So how did she manage the more prurient scenes? "That wasn't Tang Wei; that was the character," she said firmly of her mental distance technique.
She's not alone in her modesty. "My mother is from Shanghai, so as I was watching I was thinking, 'Oh my mother would love this,'" said Anna Sui. "And then the sex came along and I was like, 'Oh, no, no, no!'"