Mainland Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan (高圓圓) and Taiwanese actor, Mark Chao (趙又廷) have been low-profile about their romance ever since Mark publicly confirmed it in April 2012. On July 5th, Yuanyuan discussed her relationship with Mark for the first time on an episode of iQIYI.com’s Qing Chun Na Xie Shi <青春那些事>. Yuanyuan smiled about her love story and said, “It is quite a legend!”
Gao Yuanyuan and Mark Chao’s Romance is a “Legend”
Thirty-two-year-old Gao Yuanyuan and 27-year-old Mark Chao reportedly began dating after meeting on the set of new film Caught in the Web <搜索>, directed by director Chen Kaige (陳凱歌). In March 2012, the couple was spotted spending five consecutive nights together in a Nanjing hotel. However, the couple repeatedly denied their dating rumors until April 2012, when Mark admitted it during a press conference for the launch of his thriller film, Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault <痞子英雄首部曲：全面開戰>. In May 2012, they were snapped holding hands in the airport on their way for a vacation in Vietnam.
When discussing about her relationship with Mark, Yuanyuan coyly replied, “We don’t smile much in the film, but we’re a crazy pair on set. We would laugh at the lamest things. We share the same humor.”
Even director Chen Kaige approves of their romance. “He’s even happier about it than we are,” said Yuanyuan. She revealed that Chen Kaige suggested the couple to listen to Li Jian’s (李建) Legend (傳奇) in order to get a good grasp of the pair’s relationship in the film. “There is a scene in the film where I meet Mark’s character for the first time and he’s in a fight. I take a glance at him. I asked the director what kind of expression I should make and he told me it should be like the lyrics of the song, Legend: ‘It is because I stole another glimpse of you in the crowd.’ She smiled and added, “It is indeed quite a legend.”
Chen Kaige: “Marriage is Absolutely Necessary!”
On July 2nd, the cast of Caught in the Web attended a press conference for the premiere of the film in Beijing. Yuanyuan and Mark’s romance became the main topic at the conference, and costar Wang Luodan (王珞丹) teased that they should get married right on the spot. Mark laughed and said, “I really admire Chen Kaige and his wife! They are very loveable together. As for Yuanyuan and I, marriage is too soon.”
Chen Kaige remarked that Yuanyuan is already at a marriageable age, “Marriage is absolutely necessary! You guys still owe me dinner!”
Although Yuanyuan expressed that she felt slightly abashed for having to talk about her relationship in such a public manner, she jokingly asked Chen Kaige for suggestions in ways to “control” Mark. Chen Kaige replied, “A successful husband is like a successful boss. He needs to be trained! Men need to be educated! Brainwash him, let him know what it means to be a qualified man! Only discuss marriage with him after he passes the test.”
Mark Chao is Not a “Roaring King”
In one of the final scenes in Caught in the Web, Mark’s character goes on a yelling spree at his girlfriend, portrayed by Yuanyuan. Branded by netizens as the next “Roaring King” after Steve Ma (馬景濤), would Mark shout at Yuanyuan in real life? Yuanyuan immediately clarified, “He never did that to me.”
Mark humorously said, “Not everyone has the ability to yell for such a long period of time. I think that behind every roaring king, there will be a calm and collected princess.” He then added, “But I’m actually really quiet in real life.”
Caught in the Web will be released in cinemas on Friday, July 6th, 2012 in mainland China.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
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