The Rat as a Zodiac Symbol
The Chinese zodiac is fascinating. Instead of giving people a sign based on the month, it does so based on the year of their birth. Asians do believe the Universal order has an influence over our fate and the exact moment we appear into the Planet must be taken into concern. That helps to determine the personality of the individual, including what are his/her flaws and positive features. 2020 for example will be marked by the sign of the rat - its starting point is the 25th of January. Since the cycle of the Chinese zodiac repeats every 12 years, the little rodent is also the animal of those born in 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008. Such individuals are known for qualities like positivity, reliability and diligence.
Despite all beliefs related to the year of the rat, these don’t determine where a person is going to end up in life. When it comes to your dreams, the zodiac sign is not a condition but a good foundation, as long as you work hard to achieve your goals. Here we are going to list several celebrities born in the year of the rat. As you can see, each of them has a personality of his or her own and has found a way to make what he or she wanted come true. These people have left their mark in history through effort and tenacity, so the best you can do is to follow their example in the endeavors you choose.
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Ben Affleck (1972)
This is one of the most influential actors, directors, producers and screenwriters in the USA. Affleck made his acting debut in the 80s educational series “The Voyage of the Mimi” and the following decade took part in various comedies such as “Mallrats” and “Chasing Amy”. His rise to the top came with the movie “Good Will Hunting”, which earned him an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay. After the action flicks “Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor”, he won several Razzies for starring in panned films such as “Gigli” and “Daredevil“ but the actor found a way to redeem himself.
The thriller “Gone Baby Gone“, which was his debut as a director, earned him critical acclaim. Then in the 2010s, he shot “Argo” - the most successful movie of his career. The political historical drama won a Golden Globe, an Oscar and a British Academy Film Award for Best Picture. At the same time, Affleck received a Directors Guild, a Bafta Award and Golden Globe as a director. All of those accolades made him the first person to win a Razzie Redeemer Award. Currently Affleck plays the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the DC cinematic Universe to the delight of comic book fans and critics.
Scarlett Johansson (1984)
Everyone knows her as one of the hottest American actresses of the 21st century. Her debut took place in the 90s when she starred as a child in the movie “North”. Despite the flop of the film, she became famous for her later roles in “Manny & Lo” and “Horse Whisperer”.
In the 2000s, Johansson achieved major success with her role in “Lost in Transition” for which the actress won a British Academy Film Award. This movie along with her performances in “Girl With a Pearl Earring”, “A Love Song for Bobby Long”, “Match Point” and “Marriage Story” have earned the actress five Golden Globe Nominations. In recent years, she is most famous for portraying the fictional character Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Aside from the silver screen, Johansson has proven her acting skills on the stage as well. For her Broadway debut in the play “A View From the Bridge” she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress. The other talent of this woman is singing as her two albums titled “Anywhere I Lay My Head” and “Break Up” have been featured in the Billboard 200 chart.
Cameron Diaz (1972)
This is another beautiful American actress. Although she is retired as of 2014, her comedy-drama roles won’t be forgotten any time soon. Before acting, Diaz began a career as a model during her school years at the age of 16. She has starred in advertisements for brands like Levi's, Calvin Klein, Coca-Cola and was featured on the cover of Seventeen magazine.
Diaz made her acting debut in “The Mask” and left a greater impression with “My Best Friend's Wedding”. She gained critical acclaim at the end of the 90s after starring in the comedy “There’s Something About Mary” for which she received a New York Film Critics Awards. That role along with her appearances in dramatic movies such as “Being John Malkovich”, “Vanilla Sky” and “Gangs of New York” earned her four Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations.
As an actress, Diaz has worked on animated movies as well. Kids know her for voicing the leading female character “Princess Fiona” from the “Shrek” Series. In addition, Diaz has written two health care books - “The Body Book” and the bestseller “The Longevity Book”.
No way you haven't heard of one of the most controversial rappers, songwriters and record producers of all time. Eminem is the stage name of the American music artist Marshall Mathers. The other nickname he is well known for is Slim Shady. Despite a decade of attempts, the young rapper didn’t rise to fame until the late 90’s. It was no other than his idol from NWA - Dr. Dre who helped him prove his talent. Unlike his very first album “Infinite”, Eminem’s second one “The Slim Shady LP” became a hit. In 2002, he became the first hip hop artist to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The single titled “Lose Yourself” from the movie “8th Mile” was also nominated for a Golden Globe.
Nowadays, Eminem has been recognised as the Best Selling Music Artist of the 2000s. His success as a music artist has earned him 16 golden, 13 platinum, 24 multi-platinum and 5 diamond album certifications as well as 17 Billboard Awards. The style of the rapper is all about expressing rage, frustration and criticism through his songs, plus he never shied away from insults and provocations. He holds a record for winning 6 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album - these include “The Slim Shady LP”, “The Marshall Mathers LP”, “The Eminem Show”, “Relapse”, “Recovery” and “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”.
Katy Perry (1984)
Katheryn Hudson is the real name of the popular female music artist and songwriter. Her career had a rough start in the 2000’s as her first studio album “Kate Hudson” was unsuccessful. However, things changed after adapting her current stage name and focusing on pop rock singles. That is why she rose to fame with her second album “One of the Boys”, which is mostly known for the songs “Hot n Cold” and “I kissed a Girl”.
While developing her style further, Perry began experimenting with disco and electropop. That paid off quickly and at the start of the 2010s, she became the first female artist to make a music album with five number 1 hit singles in the USA. These are the songs “California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “ET”, “Firework” and “Last Friday Night”.
Up to 2015, Perry has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards. Her singles have earned 17 golden, 17 platinum and 13 multi-platinum certifications, plus three of her five albums have reached the number one spot on the Billboard charts. It is also worth mentioning Perry’s music videos on VEVO. She is the only artist with multiple entries on the music platform’s top 10 list. Among VEVO’s most viewed videos (each with over 2,6 billion views) are the songs “Dark Horse” and “Roar”.
Diego Maradona (1960)
Sports fans know the infamous Argentinian football player, whose career began in the late 70s. During his days on the green field, he took the position of a second striker and attacking midfielder. In comparison to other footballers, to him the short size was an advantage as the low gravity center proved to be useful for better maneuvering. As a player, Maradona has scored goals for the teams Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli and Sevilla.
In 1986, he scored the two winning goals during the World Cup Final, one of which he made with the use of his hand. This violation has remained unsanctioned to this day. The same year, Maradona became the first person to win the golden ball at a FIFA World Cup tournament and a FIFA Youth Championship (the one in 1979).
As a member of the Argentinian national football team, he has made 91 appearances and scored 34 goals for his country. Here it’s also worth mentioning that Maradona has taken part in four World Cup tournaments (1982, 1986, 1990, and 1994) for a total of 21 matches, in 16 of which he was the team captain. Although he retired as a player in the 90s, he currently works as a football coach.
Zinedine Zidane (1972)
This French footballer, also known by the nickname Zizou, is another one of the greatest playmakers in the sport. His youth career began in the 80s and before the end of the decade he was already a professional player. On the terrain, Zidane had the position of attacking midfielder. He has played for the teams Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid.
In 1998, Zidane won the World Cup after scoring two goals in the final during the first half of the match. Because of that, he was named a member of the All-Star team. Two year later he won the UEFA European Championship and was pronounced Player of the Tournament.
Overall, Zidane has scored a total of 31 goals by his 108 appearances with the National Football Team of France. For his excellent game, he has been voted three times FIFA World Player of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2003. At the final of the 2006 World Cup, shortly before his retirement, he was awarded the Golden Ball.
Zidane has had a successful career not only as a Footballer but as a coach as well. Thanks to his managing, Real Madrid became UEFA Leagues Champion three consecutive times. During the same time period the team won both the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup twice. That is why Zidane was named Best FIFA’s Men Coach in 2017.