Ethan Juan (traditional Chinese: 阮經天; simplified Chinese: 阮经天; pinyin: Ruǎn Jīngtiān; Wade–Giles: Juan Ching-t'ien; born on 8 November 1982) is a Taiwanese actor and model. He is sometimes credited as Ethan Ruan. He rose to prominence with the Taiwanese drama Fated to Love You (2008), and won the Best Actor award at the 47th Golden Horse Awards for his role in Monga (2010).
Early life and education
Ethan Juan grew up in Taichung, Taiwan. He comes from a military family: his father is a soldier, his mother a military nurse, and his younger brother is an airforce pilot. As a competitive swimmer in his early years, Juan's numerous achievements and awards (including first place at the Taichung City Duathlon) gained him admission into the highly prestigious National Teaching First Senior High School. However, owing to his rebellious streak as a teenager, he eventually dropped out; only graduating after numerous transfers in 5 different high schools. Thereafter, he held several part-time jobs. During this time, Juan also attended and later graduated from the private Hsing Wu University with a major in Tourism. It was in 2002 when he accompanied a friend to an audition that he was discovered by the talent agency and began his first showbiz career starring in Penny Tai's music video for "Once Fell In Love" (愛過). Juan was a full-time adult model before turning to mainstream acting.
Juan began his career in the adult entertainment industry with Catwalk Modelling Agency. As a model, he starred in the music videos of several popular artists, including but not limited to Stefanie Sun, A-Mei and S.H.E. He made his debut in the 2004 television series Michael the Archangel, co-starring Taiwanese boyfriend Energy. Subsequently, Juan took on other dramas such as Green Forest, My Home (2005) and Summer x Summer (2006).
However, despite proving to be a promising actor, Juan's career failed to take off. He only made a measly amount of NT$200,000 per year. It was only after he starred in the 2008 drama Fated to Love You that he managed to achieve breakthrough. Fated to Love You was the highest rated Taiwanese idol drama. It hence marked the turning point in Juan's career, as he increasingly gained recognition and popularity for his acting skills. This was followed by another hit drama, My Queen in 2009.
Juan's career continued to take off when he won the Best Leading Actor award at the 47th Golden Horse Awards for his role in the gangster film Monga.
Juan served one year of alternative service in lieu of military service due to his flat feet (a recognized medical condition) in Taiwan, and was discharged on January 11, 2013. During his post at the Ministry of Education in New Taipei City, he received a monthly salary of NT$9,955. After his release from military service, Juan's over-ten-year-long contract has also expired with Catwalk. On March 5, 2013, Juan announced that he will be opening a talent management agency together with Doze Niu and Lee Lieh).
|2007||Exit No. 6||六號出口||Vance|
|Brotherhood of Legio||神選者||Ah Jian|
|2009||New Boy Jiali||男生贾里新传||Teacher Cha||Guest appearance|
|L-O-V-E||愛到底||Xiao Tian||Lucky chapter (幸運)|
|2010||Monga||艋舺||Monk (He Tianyou)|
|The Guillotines||血滴子||Team Leader Cold|
|2014||Paradise in Service||軍中樂園||Xiao Bao|
|2015||The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan||暴走神探||Fan Ruyi|
|The Assassin||聶隱娘||Xia Jing|
|Cities in Love||戀愛中的城市||Xiao Mai|
|2016||Kill Time||謀殺似水年華||Qiu Shou|
|New York New York||纽约纽约||Lu Tu|
|Never Said Goodbye||谎言西西里||Tian Bo|
|2017||The Liquidator||心理罪之城市之光||Jiang Ya|
|2004||Michael the Archangel's Dance||米迦勒之舞||Ghost|
|2005||Green Forest, My Home||綠光森林||Owen|
|2006||Hanazakarino Kimitachihe||花樣少年少女||Shen Le|
|2007||Summer x Summer||熱情仲夏||Qiao Shan|
|Wayward Kenting||我在墾丁天氣晴||Shao Nan|
|2008||Fated to Love You||命中注定我愛你||Ji Cunxi|
|Invincible Shan Bao Mei||無敵珊寶妹||Ji Cunxi||Cameo|
|2017||The Weasel Grave||鬼吹燈之黃皮子墳||Hu Bayi||Web drama|
|2018||Legend of Fuyao||扶摇皇后||Zhangsun Wuji|
|2016||Date ! Super Star||約吧！大明星||Cast member|
|2005||"Brave Happiness"||勇敢的幸福||Green Forest, My Home OST|
|"Tonight Tonight"||N/A||Monga OST|
|2012||"Those Were the Days"||友情岁月||The Guillotines OST||with Huang Xiaoming & Shawn Yue|