Tiffany Tang Reflects on Filming with Hu Ge and Wallace Chung
Ever since she appeared in Chinese Paladin 3 <仙劍奇俠傳三>, mainland Chinese actress Tiffany Tang (唐嫣) has enjoyed a high level of popularity among viewers. She has also been lucky to star alongside many of Chinese entertainment’s best known male actors. In a recent interview, Tiffany shared her thoughts about a few of these male costars.
Tiffany Initially Afraid of Acting with Hu Ge
Many viewers first learned of Tiffany through Chinese Paladin 3, which was released in 2009 and boasted an all-star cast of Hu Ge (胡歌), Yang Mi (楊冪), Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩), and Wallace Huo (霍建華). Tiffany revealed that the cast got along quite well because they were all about the same age. However, she also admitted that she was a little afraid of acting with Hu Ge, who was the most popular at the time.
“In one scene, I was supposed to hit [Hu Ge],” she recalled, “but I couldn’t film it because I was afraid. But he told me it was all right and that I should hit him for real. He didn’t carry around any airs.”
Tiffany added that Hu Ge later explained why he wanted her to hit him for real: “He said that if I hit him once, very hard, then we would pass in one go. But if I only hit him softly, then we would never pass, even after ten tries. He was the first person to explain this kind of reasoning to me.”
Tiffany also shared that she remembered Wallace Huo for his introverted nature. “He would laugh at us, and then go silent,” she said.
Tiffany No Longer Sets Standards for Boyfriends
Contrary to what some might expect of Chinese parents, Tiffany’s mother and father are in no rush for the 33-year-old actress to get married. Tiffany herself admitted that she is no longer a believer of “love at first sight,” saying that she now believes it is more important for both parties to get along and have compatible personalities.
Tiffany also revealed that she is now more cautious about letting her filming projects influence her romantic life, due to a rough relationship a few years ago. “I thought that because he was like this in the drama, he might be like this in real life too,” she said, not naming the actor, widely believed to be Taiwanese actor Roy Chiu (邱澤). “But in the end, I slowly matured and discovered that dramas are dramas and life is life. Actors are not equal to their characters.”
Because of this experience, Tiffany is wary of setting standards for any potential boyfriends. “A few years back, I would have set a standard for my other half,” she said, “but right now I feel that standards are all limitations. In the dramas and movies I’ve acted in, all of the male leads are rather perfect, but in real life, it’s not quite possible for these ‘Prince Charmings’ to appear. They are sure to have some sort of shortcoming.”
Tiffany Praises Wallace Chung and Han Geng
When Tiffany worked with Hong Kong actor Wallace Chung (鍾漢良) for the drama My Sunshine <何以笙簫默>, he left her with a very cold impression. Nevertheless, she discovered that she had been tricked when they collaborated again for the movie Bounty Hunters <賞金獵人>. “That’s when I discovered that in his private life, [Wallace] is actually a very sunny and lively person,” said Tiffany.
Tiffany also had high praise for mainland Chinese singer/actor Han Geng (韓庚), her costar in the upcoming film A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three <大話西遊3>. “He has great comedic talent, and he is very down-to-earth and easy to get along with,” she remarked. “I feel he has more of a positive energy and doesn’t give himself too much pressure.”
Hopefully, Tiffany will be able to channel Han Geng’s laidback nature when A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three hits theaters on September 15. The film is a continuation of Stephen Chow’s (周星馳) classic Chinese Odyssey <西遊記> movies from the 1990s, with Tiffany tapped to play Zixia the immortal, previously portrayed by Athena Chu (朱茵).
Although director Jeffrey Lau (劉鎮偉) personally invited Tiffany to participate in the film, she initially rejected the offer because she was afraid of being compared to Athena. However, the director felt that her appearance and perception matched the role, and ultimately won her over by saying that classic movies, like the James Bond films, were always being remade with new cast members.
In addition to A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three, fans of Tiffany will also be able to catch her in the upcoming drama, The Princess Weiyoung <錦繡未央>, expected to air sometime this year.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.