15 celebrities born in the Year of the Ox

Gal Gadot. Photo: AP

The Ox is the second animal in the Chinese Zodiac, and it's to be the symbol of hard work and strength.

Those born under this zodiac sign are said to be determined, diligent, calm, honest, reliable and they hate to fail. On the opposite end, they can also be stubborn and unsociable.

Here’s a list of celebrities born in the year of the Ox.

Andy LauAndy LauAndy Lau (1961)

The Hong Kong superstar is definitely one of hardest working people in the industry with a long list of projects since he started in 1981. The actor, singer-songwriter and film producer also works hard at keeping his body in top shape, hence he belies his 59 years of age.

Francissca Peter (1961)

She has been in the Malaysian music industry for four decades now. The songbird, known for her melodious voice and hit songs especially in the 1980s and 1990s, is still diligently singing as can be seen on her Instagram account. She also writes lyrics and does vocal coaching.

George Clooney (1961)

Being stubborn can be a positive thing as proven by Clooney, who was last seen in Midnight Sky, that’s garnering attention in the awards circuit. Having faith in himself, the Oscar-winner rose above the disaster that was Batman & Robin (1999) to become one of Hollywood’s A-listers.

Jim Parsons (1973)

The American actor, who is best known for playing fan-favourite Sheldon Cooper in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, is said to be a source of inspiration for many thanks to his exuberant personality and positive energy. Search Google and you’d find him saying things like, “I feel like the universe is so big it’d be foolish to pull out the ‘no’ for it.”

Vanida Imran (1973)

Vanida ImranVanida ImranOne thing sure about this gorgeous actress is her reliability. Whatever medium she tackles – theatre, television, film – she brings her best game to it. She was a force to be reckoned in the 1999 Perempuan Melayu Terakhir, and is still a shining talent as seen in last year’s Daulat.

Yusry Abdul Halim (1973)

Look closely and every move Yusry has taken in his career has been a methodical one that gained him success after success. His start was as a member of the musical trio KRU, he then ventured into acting, directing, producing and heading a visual effects company. Last year, he produced the telemovie 6 Hari while Malaysia was under its first movement control order. He not only produced 6 Hari, Yusry was also the lead actor, director, art director and scriptwriter. Phew.

Kristen Wiig (1973)

The actress, comedian and writer obviously has talent and ambition. But before her big break, she did a lot of odd jobs. According to a New York Times article, she worked at a store, dabbled in floral design, and even manned a hotdog cart. Patience is definitely a virtue.

Gal Gadot (1985)

Her most famous role is as Wonder Woman, the Amazonian goddess with super strength. For the role, Gadot worked out for months to build her muscles and endurance. She also trained in sword fighting and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, perfecting every move so that the audience can totally believe she is Wonder Woman.

Song Joong-ki (1985)

All of his Space Sweepers co-stars complimented the actor for making the set a great place to be, taking on the role of a leader. Actress Kim Tae-ri said this of Song in an interview with a Korean outlet: “Although there’s not much of an age difference between us, he’s more mature. When I saw him getting along with everyone so well on set, I thought he was a great person befitting the role of captain.”

Naim Daniel (1997)

Naim DanielNaim DanielNaim started out as a child actor in 2008 and has appeared in a number of films (Bisik Pada Langit) and drama series (Gemilang). A decade later, in 2018, he signed on as a recording artiste. The 23-year-old seems to have a calm personality judging by how he took a relaxed approach back in 2019 when some K-pop fans were not happy that he edited in Blackpink’s singer Rose into his photos on Instagram.

Sweet Qismina (1997)

Sweet QisminaSweet QisminaSweet’s determination to succeed is captured perfectly when she played a possessed girl in the 2019 film Pusaka. She told StarLifestyle then that she was more than OK to keep a ball of hair in her mouth and then puking it out as that’s what the scene required her to do. According to her, it was difficult but she pushed herself to do the best she could.

Rose and Lisa of Blackpink (1997)

As seen in the documentary Blackpink: Light Up The Sky, these two ladies do not know the word “give up”. While they did make a lot of sacrifices to make their dreams come true, it’s also obvious from the interviews that they believed strongly in themselves that they would one day make it.

Camilla Cabello (1997)

She was once a member of the group Fifth Harmony. In a 2016 interview, Cabello revealed that her first solo collaboration with Shawn Mendes caused tension within the group. While she had intended to remain in the group as she worked on her solo album, the other members had allegedly shut her out. But Cabello is not singing the blues about this anymore. The Havana singer has more than established herself in the music industry on her own with three Grammy nominations under her belt.

Jungkook of BTS (1997)

He is the youngest member of K-pop group BTS. According to fans, the 23-year-old is “a perfectionist, very self-critical and meticulous”. One recent article pointed out that he pretty much excels at everything that he does: singing, dancing, rapping and even playing sports. The reason behind this is simple, he is hard working, and doesn’t like losing.

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