Taiwanese actor/singer Jiro Wang (汪東城) recently wrapped up filming for You’re Beautiful <原來是美男>, the Taiwanese adaptation of the Korean drama of the same name. While in Shanghai, he accepted an exclusive interview and shared about his exercise regime and his opinions on love, including a blind date story from when he was young.
When asked which aspect of Jiro leaves the deepest impression, fans might mention the many beloved characters he has portrayed in various TV dramas, or the rock ‘n roll singing style he showed off in his album What Are You Waiting For <你在等什麼>, which was released last year. Another likely answer is his muscular figure, honed to near perfection through hours and hours of relentless exercise, for the sake of showing off his body in dramas like Absolute Boyfriend <絕對達令> and Drama Go Go Go <姐姐立正向前走>.
In order to prepare for these scenes, Jiro would exercise three days a week, for two hours each time, no matter how late filming ended that day. On some days, he would exercise until the early hours of the morning, sleep for four hours afterward, and then get up and resume filming. His exercise schedule was so abnormal that his fitness instructor worried that the physical toll might be too taxing, since people who exercise usually require ten hours of sleep before they can recover their strength.
Although his exercise schedule was exhausting, Jiro felt a great sense of accomplishment as a result, especially upon hearing people whisper in surprise, “How did Jiro get such a strong build?” To him, exercise is a test of the body and a type of perseverance for the mind. After going through exercise, one will discover a higher level of perseverance in other areas of life as well.
In many other interviews, Jiro has often mentioned how his mother wants him to get married quickly and how he too is looking forward to falling in love. When asked to share a romantic memory, he recalled a time in his schoolboy years when he prepared a birthday surprise for his girlfriend. He arranged a collection of candles on the river opposite her house so that they spelled out “Happy Birthday.” At midnight, he gave her a call, told her to open her window, and then set off fireworks.
Jiro also shared about a time he’d gone on a blind date. While meeting with a friend of an elder, he heard the elder say that an uncle’s daughter and was coming, and that if she and Jiro liked each other, then they would get married after they grew up. At the time, Jiro thought he was telling the truth and immediately became very nervous.
Unlike fans who cling selfishly to their idol, Jiro’s fans are surprisingly very supportive of his search for love. For now, however, he admits that everything must be left up to fate, though he wishes for his future girlfriend to be filial. When asked about his view on the real meaning of love, he replied that love is a selfless and wholehearted investment, where you unconditionally sacrifice yourself for the other’s sake.
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