Eddie Peng on Romance: “I’m Leaving It Up to Fate”
Thanks to his appearance as General Wei Wuji in the currently airing period romance drama, Sound of the Desert <風中奇緣>, Taiwanese actor Eddie Peng (彭于晏) has captivated viewers yet again with his character’s tyrannical but emotional pursuit of the female lead. In a recent interview, however, Eddie admitted that when it comes to love, he is more the type that will “leave it up to fate.”
In Sound of the Desert, which is also known as The Song of Desert <星月傳奇> and Da Mo Yao <大漠謠>, female lead Xinyue, (Cecilia Liu 劉詩詩) finds herself wooed by two men, Wei Wuji (Eddie Peng) and Mo Xun (Hu Ge 胡歌), also known as Ninth Prince. Though Wuji remains steadfastly in love with her, Xinyue seems to have difficulty making a final decision.
“I actually think it’s a little unfair,” joked Eddie, “because Xinyue keeps wavering between Wei Wuji and Mo Xun, but Wei Wuji always stays faithful to her.”
In Eddie’s eyes, Wei Wuji is “extremely manly” – the type that will proclaim, “This is my woman, and if you can’t take care of her, then I’ll do it.” Nevertheless, though Eddie enjoys taking on a challenge, he revealed that if he really were caught in a similar love triangle in real life, he would probably give in.
“I might borrow from Wei Wuji’s experience and fight for a bit, but if there’s really no way, then I would let go. Of course,” he added, “it’s best not to bump into this sort of situation.
“When it comes to love, I’ll leave it up to fate,” he went on. “I’ll fight, but not to the same degree of intensity as Wei Wuji does.”
The Bigger the Challenge, the Higher the Interest
Eddie may not be able to relate that well to Wei Wuji in terms of romance, but he feels that the general is a character that many young people, including himself, can learn from.
In the story, Wei Wuji was orphaned at a young age and was raised by his uncle. In order to prevent his uncle from losing face, he became a general in the army. According to Eddie, part of this decision was because he wanted to prove his self-worth.
“Although he lived in ancient times, he embodies many characteristics of young people,” he explained. “He will carry out whatever he wants and do his best at whatever he does. He won’t give up even when he fails.
“I’m similar to Wei Wuji in that the more challenging something is, the more interested we are in it,” continued Eddie. “If something looks very hard, then I’ll want to try it even more to see where my limits lie.”
Not Planning to Give Up on Dramas
Eddie may have been focusing more on his movie career lately, but he refuted the recent rumors that Sound of the Desert would be his last drama.
“I’ve never placed any limits when accepting acting work,” he said. “As long as there’s a good screenplay, a good director, or a role I haven’t tried before, I will always want to give it a shot, whether it’s a drama or a movie.”
In the future, Eddie hopes to act in a comedy or portray a villain. With two movies scheduled for release in the next two months – kung fu flick Rise of the Legend <黃飛鴻之英雄有夢> in November, and modern romance film Back in Time <匆匆那年> in December – his popularity is certain to continue rising.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.