Calvin Chen

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Calvin Chen
Chinese name
Pinyin Chén Yìrú (Mandarin)
Jyutping San4 Jik6-jyu4 (Cantonese)
Pe̍h-ōe-jī Sîn Ia̍h-kùn (Hokkien)
Birth name
Calvin Chen I-Ju
pinyin: Chén Yìrú
Origin Republic of China (Taiwan)
Born (1980-11-10) 10 November 1980 (age 33)
Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan)
Occupation Singer, actor, commercial model, host
Genre(s) Mandopop
Instrument(s) Piano
Voice type(s) tenor
Label(s) HIM International Music
WOW Music (HK Only)
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts Fahrenheit

Calvin Chen (Chinese: 辰亦儒; pinyin: Chén Yìrú; Wade–Giles: Chen I-Ju) is a Taiwanese singer and actor. He is a member of the boy band Fahrenheit. His stage name is a homophone of his birth name.

After graduating from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, one of the top high schools in Taiwan, he pursued his college education in Canada at Simon Fraser University. He completed his masters degree in Economics at the University of Victoria. He joined a pageant-like competition (Sunshine Boyz) in Vancouver, where he won first place with a free ticket to Taiwan, a contract with a music company, and a role in a drama in 2004. He became a member of Fahrenheit in 2005. He had enrolled in the graduate program in Public Finance at National Chengchi University, but discontinued his study to focus on his showbiz career. He launched his fashion brand, WOW, in October 2008.

He speaks Mandarin, English, Taiwanese, and understands conversational Cantonese. Chen can also manage in Korean and Japanese due to his work as host.

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Chinese Title English Title Role Network Notes With
2005 惡作劇之吻 It Started With a Kiss Cameo CTV Cameo passing umbrellas (final episode)
終極一班 KO One Wang Ya Se/Ya Se Wang GTV Lead Role None
2007 終極一家 The X-Family Lan Ling Wang (蘭陵王) / Wang Ya Se (王亞瑟)
公主小妹 Romantic Princess Nan Feng Cai (南風彩) Ayato Shido [1]
2009 終極三國 K.O.3an Guo Wang Ya Se (王亞瑟)
桃花小妹 Momo Love Xue Zhi Qiang (薛志強)
2010 愛似百匯 Love Buffet Xing Da Ye (邢大業) Daiya Shinpo
2011 陽光天使 Sunshine Angel Calvin (Guest star)
2012 爱情闯进门 / 失去城堡的王子 When Love Walked In Qin Yu Jiang (秦雨江) / Chuan 川
2013 我爱幸运七 Lucky Touch He Shao Ran (賀紹然)

Movies[edit]

Year Chinese Title English Title Role / Remarks
2013 他她他 3 Peas In a Pod Perry Yang

Hosting career[edit]

After fellow band member Jiro Wang started hosting, Chen has also got a hosting job in MTV. He signed a one season contract with MTV hosting the show 日韩音乐风 (aka: RHYYF, Japan Korea Music Craze). He replaced Ken Wu, who was host for the infotainment program during the last three years. Chen's first episode of this show was on Thursday July 1, 2010.

After a year of hosting, it is said that MTV will renew their contract with Calvin Chen.

Chen also hosted the "Pink Lipstick" Korean drama conference last year.

Through RHYYF and interviewing many Japanese and Korean artists and bands, Chen has built a reputation with fans of those artists as well.

Chen hosted as a substitute in many popular Taiwanese shows such as 100% Entertainment (娱乐百分百) and Total Entertainment (完全娱乐)

On 18 August 2011, news[2] confirmed that Chen is one of the seven hosts of a live show, Apple Entertainment News. The show had its pilot episode on 29 August without Chen because he was in Shanghai with Fahrenheit for the Eastern Camel Event.

TV programs[edit]

Year Title Status Role
2008 Sunshine Nation 2008 Fairchild Radio himself/guest performer (with Aaron Yan)
2008 Pinoy Dream Academy 4th Gala Night Television himself/guest performer (with Wu Chun)[3]
2008 The Buzz Television himself/talk show guest
2008 ASAP '08 Television himself/guest performer (with Wu Chun)
2008 Entertainment Live Television himself/talk show guest
2008 Us Girls Television himself/guest

Music career[edit]

Chen was the third member to join boyband Fahrenheit in 2005.

On Fahrenheit's 2nd album, Chen sang the rap part of the song 心裡有數. He recorded his first solo for The X Family soundtrack entitled 你是我所有的回憶. He also sung his own version of 超喜歡你[4] on his 2010 series 愛似百匯. He frequently sings Fahrenheit's "Sexy Girl" during fan events, like what happened on the "When Love Walked In" event. Chen is supposed to sing a solo for the drama "When Love Walked In". Chen said in an interview that he plans to release his own solo album in late 2014 since his band mates Aaron Yan and Jiro Wang have already released theirs.

Publication[edit]

On 21 May 2011, Chen released his solo photo book The Incredible Journey of Calvin Chen. (逆向旅程:辰亦儒溫哥華留學記) The book talks about Chen's life in Canada as a student and his path to fame as the Sunshine Boy. Two versions of the book were released, one comes with a DVD and the other is just the book.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Chinese) [1] (Wu Zun and Angela Zhang To Be In a New Drama). April 11, 2007. Retrieved April 11, 2007.
  2. ^ http://tw.nextmedia.com/applenews/article/art_id/33605519/IssueID/20110818
  3. ^ Dimaculanga,Jocelyn (2008-07-12). "Wu Chun and Calvin Chen grace "Pinoy Dream Academy" tonight, July 12". Entertainment Guide/Television. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32blGertBx8&feature=plcp&context=C306ab63UDOEgsToPDskINdnyMnlkEMCnlbX7hggY-