One of the most successful Taiwanese actors to transition to the Mainland Chinese market, Wallace Huo‘s (霍建華) dramas, The Journey of Flower <花千骨> and Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace <如懿傳>, achieved all-time high viewership ratings. Despite his popularity, the 40-year-old actor is not afraid of offending fans by adhering strictly to his own beliefs.
Often seen educating fans, Wallace has been “The Dean” for his strictness. Wallace’s principles on gifting are simple: he does not allow fans to spend excessive money on him, and would only accept letters or handmade gifts.
In the past, a fan had chased him to the airport and insisted on giving him a present. He stood his ground and refused, but the fan proceeded to throw a tantrum and laid on the ground crying. Even then, Wallace still refused to accept her gift.
In an interview clip circulating on the Internet, the interviewer asked Wallace how he would react if a fan used their red pocket money to buy a luxury car for him. He became very serious and sternly said, “I’ll beat her to death. That’s right, I’d beat her to death.” He likened this behavior to throwing money at workers in the red light district. He knows that some fans do not have the financial ability, and want them to focus on their studies and take reins over their lives. “I’m not lacking anything, and don’t have high standards over material possessions,” the actor said.
Wallace’s principled behavior won a lot of praise from netizens, who saw him as a good role model. Proving that he is a man of his word, some fans shared their previous gifting experience and said they could not even use high quality paper for cards. One fan gifted a drawing with a frame, and Wallace promptly returned the frame to her. Even gift bows were returned. If he received flower bouquets, then he would only take one stem.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.