Although the Taiwanese idol drama Fabulous Boys <原來是美男> has not yet premiered, Jiro Wang (汪東城) has already drawn much attention for his anticipated portrayal of the drama’s male lead, Huang Taijing. At a press conference on May 6, Jiro confidently stated that his depiction of Huang Taijing would not lose out to Hwang Tae Kyung, played by Jang Geun Suk (장근석) in the Korean rendition of the drama.
Fabulous Boys, which is an adaptation of the Korean television series You’re Beautiful <美男이시네요>, follows a similar plot line. Taiwanese model/actress Lele Cheng (程予希) plays female lead Gao Meinü, who is forced to pose as her twin brother, Gao Meinan, who successfully auditioned as the keyboardist for boyband A.N.JELL. Unfortunately, the band’s lead singer Huang Taijing (Jiro Wang), who is notoriously difficult to get along with, takes an automatic disliking to her. As a result, Meinü must tread carefully when with Taijing and the other two band members, while struggling to ensure that her identity remains a secret.
Because the production companies threw down 72 million TWD into creating this drama, Jiro did not dare slack off during filming. Since Huang Taijing is a cold and unfeeling character, the normally lively Jiro would often wear a long face when on set. “I really didn’t do it on purpose,” he joked in an interview. “The director demanded it.”
The ratings for Taiwan’s Sunday night idol dramas have been going through a low tide, making the competition all the more fierce. Recently, SETTV announced that it would be pairing actor George Hu (胡宇威) and actress Annie Chen (陳庭妮) in its newest project, hoping to capitalize on their collaboration in Love, Now <真愛趁現在>. This new drama is expected to go head-to-head with Fabulous Boys during the summer.
However, Jiro remains unfazed by the opposition. When asked if Huang Rende (黃仁德), a Korean actor who plays one of the members of A.N.JELL in Fabulous Boys, looked like Taiwanese actor/singer Wu Chun (吳尊), Jiro cheekily responded that Rende “belongs to that category of handsome men, which includes George Hu and Wu Chun, whose noses stick out like a mountain.”
Jiro is also unafraid to draw comparisons between himself and Jang Geun Suk, who he feels has more of a hidden tenderness, whereas Jiro himself is manlier. He hopes that these two different types of Huang Taijing will give viewers a new sort of experience.
Fabulous Boys will begin airing on FTV this Sunday, May 12.
“Fabulous Boys” Trailer
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