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Chris Wu

Chris Wu Taiwanese actor and model

Taiwanese actor and model
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Quick Facts
Intro Taiwanese actor and model
A.K.A. Wu Kang Ren
Is Actor Model Television actor Film actor
From Taiwan
Type Fashion Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 24 November 1982
Age: 37 years
The details

Chris Wu or Wu Kangren (Chinese: 吳慷仁; Wade–Giles: Wu K'ang-jen; born 24 November 1982) is a Taiwanese model and actor.
He debuted in the short film Fragile in Love: Poetry in Motion in 2007, and became more recognized in the 2009 idol drama Autumn's Concerto. He received his first acting award at the 18th Asian Television Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the 2012 TV series Emerging Light.


Early life and education

Chris Wu was born on November 24, 1982 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He attended Kaohsiung Municipal Chung-Cheng Industrial High School. He lived with his mother after the divorce of his parents, and began working at 14, after graduating from junior high school, to support his family. He worked in restaurants, stalls, and supermarkets. He also tried being an on-site construction welder despite his lack of skill, receiving burns in the eyes as a consequence. After his conscription, he began working in a bar as a bartender. It was during this time that he was discovered by Li Qiyuan, a director who made him enter the entertainment industry.


2007–2009: Acting debut and recognition

He started his career as a model, but he moved to being an actor with his debut performance in a gay role in Fragile in Love: Poetry in Motion (沿海岸線徵友). Directed by Mickey Chen and Chi Chen Jun, the short film was featured at The LGBT Civil Rights Movement Film Festival and at the Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival among others. His first television miniseries came the afterwards in Talking With You Boyfriend's Ex-Girlfriend (與男友的前女友密談). The mini-series was awarded the Best Mini-series Screenplay Award and the Best Editing Award at the 43rd Golden Bell Awards in 2008. The same year, he was cast in Hong Kong film Miao Miao with actors Alice Ke and Wing Fan. The film was selected at the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival, but it was later pulled out due to controversies about China's boycott against the film festival, as well as premiering at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival wherein the film received a 'Crystal Bear Award' nomination. The film also paved way for Wu's first nomination for Best Newcomer award at the 11th Taipei Film Festival.

In 2009, Talking With You Boyfriend's Ex-Girlfriend's director Chen Hui Jing cast him once again in his first idol drama Autumn's Concerto starring Vanness Wu and Ady An, as he was said to be suitable to play the role of Hua Tuo Ye. In later years, he stated that he was often scolded by Li Qiyuan because he cannot deliver his lines well in shootings. The series received favorably by viewers and it paved way for Wu's better recognition in the entertainment industry.

2010–2012: Continued project offers

Chris Wu started to receive more television and film projects. In TTV's Zhong Wu Yan, he played the character of Howard, a blind man who finds love in Wu Yen, played by Cheryl Yang. He also starred in When Love Comes which garnered multiple nominations from different award-giving ceremonies.

During the press conference of TTV's Local Hero in 2011, Wu stated that he accidentally injured his left hand while shooting. He still participated in their scheduled charity event game that requires peeling fruits despite his hand injury, nevertheless, because he stated that he wanted the kids to enjoy. A year later, he was cast in four more television series. Among them is TTV's What Is Love co starring Jade Chou.

In 2012, Wu got the role of Rong Guang, a farmer raising his son as a single parent, in the film The Third Wish. In preparation for the role, who is a skinny farmer to be diagnosed of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Wu started running 5-kilometer races in the hot sun, and ate only boiled eggs and guava. He lost 8 kilograms of weight in 10 days. He also started acting as a father to child actor Chen Yu-cheng a week before filming began to study the father-and-son's lifestyle.

2013–present: First acting award

I was not born an actor... These experiences (doing manual labor jobs at a young age) made me aware of how money is earned that I try my best to be a hardworking actor. — Chris Wu

In January, Wu was cast in TTV's King Flower co-starring James Wen and Sonia Sui. He played the character role of Ouyang Tai, the GM of Shen Da Realty who was engaged to Du Liang Yan, but was later killed by accident. The series consistently topped the viewers' ratings during its timeslot, garnering a 1.57 total average by the end of the series. Before the year ended, his performance in the 2012 TV series Emerging Light (愛在旭日升起時) earned him the Best Actor in a Leading Role award at the 18th Asian Television Awards on December 5, 2013 held in Singapore.

In 2014, he played the role of Zhou Shu Yu and David in Rock N' Road (A咖的路) and Winnie The Boob (小胸維妮的幸福旅程) respectively and consecutively. He was once again paired with Judy Chou, his co-star in What Is Love, in the latter series. He also acted alongside Ella Chen in The Lying Game (謊言遊戲) towards the end of the year.


Television series

Year Network English title Original title Character/Role
2007 PTV Talking With You Boyfriend's Ex-Girlfriend 與男友的前女友密談
2008 PTV Taipei 24H: Save the Lover 台北異想:舊.情人
2009 TTV/SETTV Autumn's Concerto 下一站,幸福 Hua Tuo Ye
2010 TTV/SETTV Zhong Wu Yen 鍾無艷 Howard
PTS Days We Stared at the Sun 他們在畢業的前一天爆炸 police officer
2011 TTV The Local Hero 田庄英雄 Ma Shang Hong
2012 CTS I Love You So Much 粉愛粉愛你 Bu Hao Wen
SETTV Inborn Pair 真愛找麻煩 Zhao Dong Yang
TTV What Is Love 花是愛 Bai Zong You
DaAi2 Emerging Light 愛在旭日升起時 Zhang Tingxu
2013 TTV/SETTV King Flower 金大花的華麗冒險 Ouyang Tai
DaAi2 The Sea Reflects the Blue Sky 碧海映藍天 Chien Chun Yi
PTV The Day Mom Came to Visit 那天媽媽來看我 Ho Xuan
2014 CTS Rock N' Road A咖的路 Zhou Shu Yu
PTV My Antenna Is Broken 搆不到的訊號
VTN Winnie The Boob 小胸維妮的幸福旅程 David
CTV The Lying Game 謊言遊戲 Wei You Liang
TTV Mr. Right Wanted 徵婚啟事 Xu Lei
Big Love TV 河畔卿卿 cameo
2015 CTV Heart Of Steel 鋼鐵之心 cameo
PTV Wake Up 麻醉風暴
Hakka TV Long Day's Journey into Light 出境事務所 Zhao Shengwei
PTV A Touch of Green 一把青 Kao Jen


Year English title Original title Character/Role
2008 Miao Miao 渺渺 Bei Jiaxin
2010 When Love Comes 當愛來的時候 Mu Zongfu
2011 Blowfish 河豚
2012 The Third Wish 第三個願望 Ho Rong-Guang
2013 Star of Bethlehem 微光閃亮 第一個清晨 A Sheng
2015 The Bride 屍憶 Yeh Cheng-Hao
2016 Cross Color 顏色失真 White Ant (Termite)

Short films

Year Title Character/Role
2007 Fragile in Love: Poetry in Motion (沿海岸線徵友)
2009 The End Of Love (愛情的盡頭)
2010 愛情的盡頭 virgin male – A-kai
2012 清蜜星體驗 Shuai Yiqiang
經濟適用男 A-han
校園三快客 Wu Shihan
九州 向愛走 Lin Bai
東京 不見不散 A-zhi
2014 42 MINUTES husband

Music video appearances

Year Song title Details
Singer Album
2007 "Breathless" (缺氧) Rainie Yang My Other Self
2008 "Too Bad" (殘念) Jeff Chang Escape (逃生)
"Unable To Guess" (猜不透) Della Ding Decisively Loved (我愛上的[编辑])
2012 "It Can Hurt More" (再痛也沒關係) Andrew Tan Only You (非你不可)
2014 "The Real Me" (真的我) Ella Chen non-album single


Soundtrack contributions

Year Song title TV series/Film
2012 "Sleep" (睡吧) The Third Wish
2014 "In The Spring 春天裡" 、 "Onion 洋蔥" Rock N' Road


Year Ceremony Category Work Result
2008 11th Taipei Film Festival Best Newcomer Award Miao Miao Nominated
2014 18th Asian Television Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Emerging Light Won
2015 50th Golden Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor for a mini-series Wake Up Won
50th Golden Bell Awards Best Leading Actor for a series Long Day's Journey into Light Nominated

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