As a veteran supporting actor, Eric Li (李天翔) is most known for his antagonistic portrayals, often as a rapist. A netizen amusingly touted him as the actor who has “raped all the television actresses.” Despite his acting abilities in several notable roles, Eric has not had any breakthrough in his career. Feeling pigeonholed, Eric boldly decided not to renew his contract with TVB. Hoping to find new opportunities for himself, he instead signed a per-series contract.
Things are still not quite looking up for the 40-year-old actor on the career front, but his love life has taken a positive turn into the next phase. Although Eric previously stated in an interview that he dared not get married until he is successful in his career, he and his girlfriend, whom have been dating for more than five years, recently registered for marriage.
Eric shared, “I’ve been thinking about it for a while. We don’t have a specific date set on when to get married. Right now, my career has still not picked up. A man will ultimately hope that he has a successful career and can take care of his other half. During this time, if my career never picks up, then does that mean I don’t have to keep my promise to my other half? After I discussed it with her, we had an understanding. I have to give her this status.”
When asked whether they will hold a large wedding banquet to celebrate with friends and family, Eric said, “We won’t [have a big celebration]. Both my other half and I are very low-profile. Getting married is about two people. As long as two people decide it is okay, then it is fine.”
Eric’s girlfriend is not from the entertainment industry. However, she is reportedly a successful investor. On whether he is afraid of people calling him a “soft rice king”, he said, “There’s no point in being worried. Every person has a mouth. I cannot control what other people think. It doesn’t make sense to not get married because of this. My other half and I are financially independent, nor will we care about whether the other person is rich or poor.”
Although his career continues to be at a standstill, Eric feels grateful for his girlfriend’s continued support. “Being with a person is not a light matter. The careers of both the man and woman are very important. During these uncertain times, she still is willing to marry me. Actually, this is already the biggest support!”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.