Wu at the Joyful Family Music Event in 2012
|Education||Corona Del Mar High School|
(m. 2013; div. 2018)
|Parent(s)||George Wu (father) |
Mim Yao (mother)
|Family||Wendy Wu Lin (sister) |
Stacy Wu (sister)
Geoffrey Yao (brother)
Melody Yao (sister)
|Website||Vanness Wu on Facebook|
Vanness Wu (simplified Chinese: 吴建豪; traditional Chinese: 吳建豪; pinyin: Wú Jiànháo; born August 7, 1978) is a Taiwanese-American actor, entertainer, singer, director, and producer. He is a member of the Taiwanese boyband F4 and the Korean Mandopop duo Kangta & Vanness.
Wu was born in Santa Monica, California, and lived in Newport Beach in his mid-to-late teens. After graduating from Corona Del Mar High School, he worked as a telemarketer before moving to Taiwan at the early age of 21 to "search for a life with more meaning".
Early career with F4
Wu starred as Mei Zuo (美作), one of the F4 members, in the Taiwanese drama series Meteor Garden and its sequel, Meteor Garden II. At the conclusion of the series, they continued to perform together and released three studio albums as the boy band F4. In 2002, Wu became the second F4 member, after Vic Chou, to release his debut solo album, Body Will Sing. The track, "I Hate Myself" is listed at number 95 on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart for 2002. The album was awarded as one of the "Top 10 Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year" at the 2002 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards, presented by the Hong Kong branch of IFPI.
Solo career success
Wu has appeared in several Taiwanese dramas as well as motion pictures. In 2009, he starred in Autumn's Concerto, one of the highest-rated Taiwanese idol drama. He also released his first Japanese single "Only", which entered Top 10 of the Oricon Chart, as well as another single "I don't wanna lose you".
In 2010, Wu became the executive producer for the television series Year Of The Rain.
Wu's third Chinese solo album C'est La V was released July 2011 under Universal Music Taiwan. It features collaborations with international artistes such as Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, as well as Bruno Mars and Justin Michael who wrote the track "Knockin".
Besides directing, producing, acting, and singing, Wu is also the creator/designer of his own jewelry line 3.V.O.7. He is also the creative director of Reebok (greater China division).
In 2012, Wu won the "Best Crossover Singer" at the 16th Chinese Global Music Charts.
In 2013, Wu joined Jiangsu TV's diving variety show Stars in Danger: The High Dive, and won the silver medal.
In January 2015, Wu was announced to be one of the judges of the talent show Asia's Got Talent, along with Indonesian-French singer Anggun, Canadian musician David Foster, and former Spice Girls member Melanie C, which aired from March to May on AXN Asia.
In July 2015, Wu returned to the Philippines after a decade of his first visit for the special show for the #LiveinLevis event sponsored by Levi's in line with the launch of the Women's Denim Collection for Fall 2015. Wu's performance was a way of thanking the brand's fans and style seekers.
However, on June 20, 2018, they both decided to get a divorce after 5 years of marriage.
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Notes|
|2001||Meteor Garden||流星花園||Mei Zuo||live-action adaptation of Japanese manga, Boys Over Flowers|
|Meteor Rain||流星雨||Mei Zuo||Mei Zuo's Chapter|
|Peach Girl||蜜桃女孩||Ah Li||live-action adaptation of Japanese manga Peach Girl|
|2002||Meteor Garden II||流星花園2||Mei Zuo|
|Come To My Place||來我家吧||JJ||live-action adaptation of Japanese manga Uchi ni Oideyo by Hidenori Hara|
|2004||Say Yes Enterprise||求婚事務所||Song Zhenkai||Story 01: Cinderella|
|2008||Wish to See You Again||這裡發現愛||Leo|
|2009||Autumn's Concerto||下一站,幸福||Ren Guangxi|
|2010||Year Of The Rain||那年，雨不停國||Ah Huang's cousin||Guest star/Executive producer|
|2011||Material Queen||拜金女王||Cai Jiahao|
|2012||Ti Amo Chocolate||愛上巧克力||Fang Jiahua|
|2013||Stars in Danger: The High Dive||星跳水立方||Himself||Diving variety show. Qualified into finals|
|2015||Asia's Got Talent||Himself||Judge (Season 1)|
|2016||The Amazing Race China 3||极速前进第三季||Himself||With sister Melody|
|The Princess Weiyoung||锦绣未央||Tuoba Yu|||
|2018||Love Won't Wait||如果，爱||Song Qiaozhi|||
The Kumite (Canada, USA)
|Bond Cheung (Zheng Jianbang)||film debut|
Nominated: Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Newcomer
Dragon Heat (USA)
|2006||Cars||汽車總動員||Lightning McQueen||Voice-acting, Taiwanese version only|
|2007||Kung Fu Fighter||功夫無敵||Ma Li|
|2008||Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon||三國之見龍卸甲||Guan Xing|
|2009||LaMB||Dr. Jack Griswold||English voice-acting|
|Kung Fu Chefs||功夫廚神||Long Jianyi|
|2010||The Haunting Lover||借室還魂||Liang Guang|
|1040 Movie||Himself||Exclusive interview|
|2011||The Road Less Traveled||樂之路||Mike||Produced by Smash and Grab (co-founded by Vaness)|
|2013||Machi Action||變身||Cameo appearance|
|2014||Girls||閨蜜||Sky (Jiu Tian)|
|2015||Dragon Blade||天將雄獅||Cameo appearance|
|Monk Comes Down the Mountain||道士下山||Cui Daorong|
|2016||Lulu The Movie||露露的电影||Himself||Exclusive interview|
|2017||A-Choo||打噴嚏||alternative title My Lover is a Superman (我的情敌是超人)|
|2019||Ip Man 4|
|1st||Body Will Sing (身體會唱歌)||
||"CD + CD Extra" version also featured "Ask for More" by F4|
||Japanese release featured a Japanese version of "Wanna Love Somebody" as Track 11, plus a Japanese version of "Wanna Love Somebody (Justin Michael Remix)" as Track 12|
|3rd||In Between (New + Best Selection)||
||First Japanese album|
||Second Japanese album
Better was written by Bruno Mars
|6th||C'est La V||Knockin' was written and produced by Bruno Mars
有你在 was featured in TV Drama "Material Queen" Is This All was written and composed by Ryan Tedder, and was also the theme song from TV Drama "Material Queen".
|2nd||I Don't Wanna Lose You||
|4th||No More Tears||
With Kangta & Vanness
- 2006 - Scandal - Kangta & Vanness Collaboration
- Beyoncé – "Crazy in Love" (Asian releases only) 
- Coco Lee – "Hip Hop Tonight" 
- Brian Joo – "Everything to Me"  - 3rd Wave Music - I WILL BE THERE Album - www.3rdwavemusic.org
- Sammi Cheng – "Forgiveness" (In both English and Chinese) 
- Lee Junho – "Undefeated"  (M/V)
- Avicii – "Levels" (Mandarin Version) 
- David Foster, Anggun and Melanie C – "Let's Groove" (charity single for the victims of Nepal earthquake) 
- Danson Tang, Selina Ren, Diamond Zhang, Madoka Yonezawa, Siwon, Yao Yao, Rainie Yang, Amber Kuo, Wayne Huang - "Blessing (Chinese edition)" 
- Siemens 2118
- Legend Computers (China region)
- Mingle Shoes (China region)
- Lu Piao Shampoo (China region)
- Samuel & Kevin
- Bicowave & Bicogirl
- Pepsi - 2002~2005 (Taiwan, Hong Kong, China)
- Yamaha - 2003 (Southeast Asia)
- Hang Ten - 2012
- Hyundai - 2012
- G-Shock - 2014
- Casio - 2014
- Levi Strauss & Co. - 2014
- (in Chinese) Hit-Fm年度百首單曲 2002 (#51 to 100) Retrieved 2011-04-16
- IFPI Hong Kong 2002 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards winners list Archived 2012-07-02 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2011-04-19
- "'Asia's Got Talent' judges announced". The Philippine Star. January 15, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
- Lejano, Don (August 1, 2015). "IN PHOTOS: F4's Van Ness Wu returns to Manila". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
- Tantuco, Vernise (July 31, 2015). "IN PHOTOS: Vanness Wu performs in the Philippines". Rappler. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
- Maclang, Jon Khristian (August 27, 2015). "Sibling Act: Elva Hsiao, Vaness Wu's Matters of the Heart". Yibada. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
- 吴建豪加盟《锦绣未央》 饰演腹黑王爷拓跋余. Netease (in Chinese). October 20, 2015.
- 张柏芝霸气回归荧屏 携手吴建豪演绎《如果，爱》. Sina (in Chinese). May 8, 2017.
- "Vanness Wu". imdb.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
- "Vanness Wu". chinesemov.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
- "Official Movie Site - VanNess Wu". 1040movie.com. Retrieved March 12, 2010.
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