Seen on TV All the Time, Ruco Chan’s Rise to the Top
With starring roles in many of the year’s biggest dramas, Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) is on track to become TVB’s top artist. Although he has struggled for most of his career, timing and luck are finally on his side. His good looks and talent also made the trip up the ranks that much easier, helping him secure his spot next to the rest of the TV station’s first-line artists.
Despite entering the industry at seventeen, Ruco did not gain mainstream recognition until his first TVB starring role in 2011’s The Other Truth <真相>. Director Amy Wong (王心慰), who contributed greatly to Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) and film king Anthony Wong’s (黃秋生) careers, became Ruco’s mentor. She groomed him further with eclectic roles in No Good Either Way <衝呀！瘦薪兵團>, Brother’s Keeper <巨輪>, and the upcoming Ruse of Engagement <叛逃>. Known to produce provocative series that are heavily driven by the internal struggles of its characters, Wong has given Ruco the perfect opportunities to stretch his acting skills and prove his worth in front of millions.
Wong is not the only one who has acknowledged Ruco’s talent. TVB also recognizes his potential and seems to have come up with a game plan to push him to the top. After the generally positive reception of Outbound Love <單戀雙城>, his first starring role in 2014, Ruco will next appear in Ruse of Engagement, a highly anticipated police thriller that was kept in inventory since 2011. Next will be a role in ICAC Investigators 2014 <廉政行動2014>, the new installment of the popular anti-corruption series. Although air dates have not been confirmed, viewers may see Ruco again this year in All That is Bitter is Sweet <大藥坊>, as well as crime thriller Eye in the Sky <天眼>.
With possibly five series on air this year, Ruco will likely saturate the headlines, and more importantly, the viewers’ minds. Some believe that this will give him a solid edge come anniversary awards season. Even if TVB is not ready to make him TV King, Ruco can easily walk away with the My Favorite Character award that typically leads to the higher honors. With a dwindling number of first-line idol actors, Ruco stands a good chance to win over TVB’s demographics with his solid acting skills.
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.