Emma Wu

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Emma Wu
Guigui 2016 Autograph Session.jpg
Born
Wu Ying-chieh (吳映潔)

(1989-08-11) 11 August 1989 (age 30)
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active2005–present
Musical career
Also known asGemma
Gui Gui (鬼鬼)
Oh Young-gyul (오영결)[1]
GenresMandopop, K-pop
Labels
Associated actsHey Girl
Wu Yingjie
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Emma Wu Ying-chieh (Chinese: 吳映潔; pinyin: Wú Yìngjié; born 11 August 1989), also known as Gui Gui (Chinese: 鬼鬼), is a Taiwanese singer and actress.

Names[edit]

In an interview, Wu stated that GEMMA represented a new identity. "G" was derived from her nickname, Ghost (Chinese: 鬼鬼) and Emma had been her proclaimed English name.[2] When asked about the origin of her alias, Gui Gui (literally: Ghost), the singer explained that she was "full of reckless things" (Chinese: 古靈精怪) [3] and used a phonological pun on the Chinese idiom to describe herself as someone having an eccentric or impish personality (Chinese: "鬼”靈精怪).

Early life[edit]

Wu Ying-chieh, nicknamed Gui Gui, was born in Keelung City, Taiwan on August 11, 1989, and is the only child of divorced parents.[4][5] In her early childhood, the family moved frequently, and this resulted in her having to attend five different elementary schools. Wu briefly attended the Dao Jiang Senior High School of Nursing & Home Economics (臺北市私立稻江高級護理家事職業學校) before transferring to Zhuangjing Senior Vocational School in the Xindian District of Taipei, where she became classmates with JPM's Wang Zi.[6]

Career[edit]

2005-2009: Variety debut and Hey Girl[edit]

In November 2005, Wu debuted as one of the original members of Blackie's Teenage Club (Chinese: 我愛黑澀會), a variety show seeking talents for the music television network, Channel [V]. After three rounds of casting, Wu was recruited to join Hei Se Hui Mei Mei (Chinese: 黑澀會美眉), a Taiwanese girl group established c. 2006. The group's name is a pun on the words "Hei She Hui" (Chinese: 黑社會, literally: black society; triad) and "Mei Mei" (Chinese: 妹妹, literally: sisters). After its move from Linfair Records, Hei Se Hui Mei Mei was renamed Hey Girl (Chinese: 黑Girl), and launched their first self-titled album in August 2008.

In April 2009, Channel V's director, Andy Chang, responded to rumors of Wu leaving his agency. He expressed that though she was unlikely to renew her contract, the singer would partake in group activities per usual since Hey Girl's record contract did not belong to Channel V. Yet, despite Chang's statement, Wu was notably absent from their album promotions, and on May 6, 2009, he confirmed her departure from both Hey Girl and Channel V's management.

2007-2015: Acting debut[edit]

In 2007, Wu announced her acting debut with the idol drama, Brown Sugar Macchiato. However, the drama was viewed more as an "introductory chapter" to the two groups, Hey Girl and Lollipop F, than a major production.[7] After thirteen episodes, the series ended on October 7, 2007, and an official soundtrack was released with songs from Lollipop and Hey Girl.[8]

In 2008, Wu starred in Mysterious Incredible Terminator, opposite of Aaron Yan from Fahrenheit and Alien Huang. After the completion of M.I.T., Wu and Aaron, both widely praised for their on-screen chemistry and closeness, were to co-star in Taiwanese drama Momo Love. Yet, filming was halted due to Yan's scheduling conflicts, and once resumed, Wu and Aaron were replaced by Cyndi Wang and Jiro Wang, respectively.

Following a two-year hiatus, Wu signed with Polyface Entertainment Media Group in 2011 and returned to the small screen. On the set of I, My Brother. Later that year, Wu was cast in the television version of Painted Skin,[9] in collaboration with Fiona Sit, Chen Yi Rong, and Li Zhong Han. It was also this opportunity that allowed Wu to shift her focus to the Chinese market.

In 2012, Wu debuted on the big screen with a three part-film series, The Four, starring Ronald Cheng, Anthony Wong, Deng Chao, and Liu Yifei. In February 2013, she was cast in the Korean reality show, We Got Married with Ok Taecyeon, of South Korean boy band 2PM, as her virtual husband. Regarding this experience, she has commented, "I feel thankful that you found me. I think the fact that I was able to do this show was a gift from the up above." [10]

In the consecutive years, Wu has starred in Chinese TV dramas: A Different Kind of Pretty Man (不一樣的美男子), Roommate Diaries (一男三女合租記), Incisive Great Teacher (犀利仁師), The Girl Wearing Tassel Earrings (戴流蘇耳環的少女), and The Legend of the Flying Daggers (飛刀又見飛刀 (2016年電視劇)).

2016-present: Return to music[edit]

On March 7, 2016, Wu signed with CJ E&M and returned to the music scene.[11][12] In preparation for her Korean debut, she underwent a rigorous 3-month training that included vocal, choreography and Korean lessons. On September 26, Wu released her first official music video, Sugar Rush, and on October 7, she launched her first self-titled EP, GEMMA.[13]

In June 2017, Wu parted ways with CJ E&M.[14] Wu later established her own label Ghost Wu Yingjie Studio where she released the single "Knock Knock Knock" in October of the same year.[15]

In August 2019, Wu joined Avex Taiwan and released the single "Love Me Love Me".[16]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2007 Brown Sugar Macchiato Gui Gui (as herself) FTV
2008 The Legend of Brown Sugar Chivalries Guardian of Cult Star TV
Pi Li MIT Li Xiao Xing / Tian Mo Xin GTV
2009 K.O.3an Guo Huang Yue Ying FTV / GTV Cameo, Ep. 44-46
2011 I, My Brother Lu Wei Wei Astro Channel 304
Painted Skin Xia Bing TVS4, ZJTV, GTV,
Shenzhen Satellite TV
Love Recipe Wang Mei Ya CTV
2012 Summer Fever Chen Wen Qing / Chen Tian Qing CTV
Dream in Blue Shen Xiao Qi ZJTV
2013 Female Prime Minister He Dan Niang Hunan TV
2014 Incisive Great Teacher Song Wen Wen Dragon TV [17]
A Different Kind of Pretty Man Tong Yu Chen Hunan TV
Roommate Diaries Li Mei Dai [18]
The Four (2015 TV series) Ling Yi Yi[19][20]
Slacker's Food Diary Zhang An An iQiyi [21]
2015 The Girl Wearing Tassel Earrings Ruan Qing Tian Hunan TV, Anhui TV
2016 The Legend Of The Flying Daggers Fang Ke Ke Youku

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Four Ding Dang
2013 The Four II
2014 The Four III
2015 Dream Holiday Special appearance
2016 Days of Our Own Chen Yinuo[22]
2018 More than Blue Bonnie Special appearance
2019 Passage of My Youth
2019 My Fairy Girl

Television show[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Fashion in House Herself Outside host
Mo Fan Bang Bang Tang Assistant host
2007 Fashion in House Outside host
Mo Fan Bang Bang Tang Assistant host
Mei Mei Pu Pu Feng DJ
2008 Fashion in House Co-host
Mo Fan Bang Bang Tang Assistant host
2009 Game GX Co-Host
Golden Taxi
I Love Blackie Assistant host
Mi Gu Celebrity School
2010 Ultimate Player
2011 Genius Go Go Go Stand-in assistant host
2013 We Got Married World Ver. with Ok Taecyeon
2014 Laugh Out Loud Guest assistant host
Running Man Guest
2016 Who's the Murderer Season 1
2017 Who's the Murderer Season 2
Who's the Murderer Season 3

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2016 "Sugar Rush" Digipedi[23]
"Waiting For Your Love" Unknown
"Always"
2017 "Knock Knock Knock" Bboydry[24]
2019 "Love Me Love Me" Unknown

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist(s)
2006 "Manservant (男傭)" Kenji Wu
2009 "The Sky You Can't See (你看不到的天空)" Evan Yo
"Love Is Right" Evan Yo
2010 "Red" Wallace Chung
2011 "Missing You" Liu Zi Qian
"Stick to You"
"Love's Secret Recipe (愛的秘方)" Kenji Wu
2013 "Love Away from Me One Meter" Hu Xia
2016 "Not Letting Go" Ben Wu

[25] [26]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Gemma
Track listing
  1. Sugar Rush (Chn ver.)
  2. Waiting For Your Love (等你愛)
  3. Always (一直)
  4. By My Side (愛在我身邊)
  5. Sugar Rush (Kor ver.)

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
CHN
V Chart[27] Social Chart[28] Top 100[29]
"Sugar Rush" 2016 8 N/A[A] N/A[B] Gemma
"Knock Knock Knock" 2017 8 Non-album singles
"Love Me Love Me" (啦咪啦咪) 2019 26 13 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Collaborations[edit]

Year Title Other artist(s) Album
2013 "I Love You" Ok Taec-yeon We Got Married Global Edition OST
2018 "Small Meteor" (小流星) Silence Wang Non-album single

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Title Album
2012 "Breaking Rules" (犯規) Summer Fever [zh] OST
"The Flavour Of Summer" (那年夏天的味道)
2018 "Kitty Bomb" More than Blue OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 1st Degree Idol Drama Awards Best Female Actress Pi Li MIT Won [30]
Best Onscreen Couple (with Aaron Yan) Won
2013-2015 Sina Weibo Dream Valentines Female Artists Won
2014 Taiwan CGC Award Most liked Female Artists Won
2014 Taiwan EToday Award Most popular Female Artists Won
2014 Asia Top Ten Goddess (Voting) Number 4 in Asia Actress Won [31]
2016 Asia Top Ten Goddess (Voting) Number 7 in Asia Actress Won [32]
2017 Hito Radio Music Awards Best New Artist (vocal and dance) Sugar Rush Won [33]
2017 Asia Top Ten Goddess (Voting) Number 9 in Asia Actress and Singer Won [34]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard China Social Chart was established on January 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Billboard China Top 100 was established on January 4, 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kang, Soo-jin. "中스타 우잉지에(오영결), 한국 CJ E&M과 전속 계약 체결 화제 (Taiwanese star Wu Ying-Jie (Oh Young-gyul) joins CJ E&M for activities in Korea)". Kyunghyang Shinmun. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Youtube, Star 調查團, 鬼鬼吳映潔專訪".
  3. ^ "Youtube, 我愛黑澀會,鬼鬼出道".
  4. ^ "Appledaily, 黑人贈媽1500萬華廈 金屋藏鬼鬼".
  5. ^ "Youtube, Kang Xi Lai Le (康熙來了): 親愛的!我真的好想再見你一面!".
  6. ^ "Youtube, 100% Entertainment, 我家也有大明星".
  7. ^ "棒棒堂怎麼可能紅到香港去". 康熙來了. 2007-10-03.
  8. ^ "EMI Music Taiwan". Archived from the original on 2009-06-08.
  9. ^ 吴映洁29日做客腾讯微博 分享"鬼鬼"身边故事. Tencent QQ (in Chinese). April 28, 2011. Archived from the original on May 12, 2011.
  10. ^ "Youtube, 5ivesense TV, GWGM Making Film".
  11. ^ 吳映潔與 CJ E&M 簽約 (Gui Gui (Emma Wu) signs up with Korea's CJ E&M)
  12. ^ CJENMMUSIC. "大势吴映洁访韩!与CJ E&M签署合约!(Wu Ying-Jie goes to South Korea! Joins the CJ E&M artist roster!)". YouTube. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Youtube, CJEM Sugar Rush".
  14. ^ "傳慘遭韓經紀公司提前解約 鬼鬼經紀人出面回應了!".
  15. ^ "鬼鬼遭韓經紀公司放生新歌露美背酥胸豁出去!".
  16. ^ "鬼鬼吳映潔正式加盟avex taiwan 即將發行新單曲".
  17. ^ "Incisive Great Teacher" to Air on June 4. Cfensi Wordpress. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  18. ^ ShenZhen 2014 (Roommate Diaries).
  19. ^ Kisses & Hugs in the trailer of Idol Cdrama "The Four". Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  20. ^ 少年四大名捕預告片
  21. ^ Slacker's Food Diary drops 14-minuter trailer with Gui Gui & Dylan Kuo. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  22. ^ 我们的十年 Days of Our Own
  23. ^ "Gemma's 'SUGAR RUSH' MV released". Yonhap News. September 28, 2016.
  24. ^ "Knock Knock MV Credits". Facebook.
  25. ^ Emma Wu at douban.com
  26. ^ Emma Wu at chinesemov.com
  27. ^ "China V Chart". YinYueTai.
  28. ^ "Billboard Social Chart". Billboard.
  29. ^ "Billboard China Top 100". Billboard.
  30. ^ Gui Gui turns mature, popularity sky-rockets!
  31. ^ http://bagua.ifensi.com/article-1483125.html
  32. ^ http://news.cnwest.com/content/2016-10/03/content_14168166.htm
  33. ^ http://www.nownews.com/n/2017/06/04/2548802
  34. ^ http://news.vdfly.com/dujia/201702/577521.html

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