Wallace Huo

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Wallace Huo
Chinese name 霍建華 (traditional)
Chinese name 霍建华 (simplified)
Pinyin Huò Jiànhuá (Mandarin)
Born (1979-12-26) 26 December 1979 (age 38)
Taipei, Taiwan
Alma mater Nan Chiang Industrial and Commercial Senior High School
Occupation
Years active 2002–present
Agent Woo Hong (2011–2017)
Instrument(s) Piano
Label(s) Huajae Studio
Manager(s) Huajae Studio (founder)
Spouse(s) Ruby Lin (m. 2016)
Children 1
Parents Huo Chao-Kun (father)
Liu Yu (mother)
Siblings Huo Chien-yuan (brother)
Ancestry Longkou, Shandong, China

Wallace Huo Chien-hwa (Chinese: 霍建華; pinyin: Huò Jiànhuá, born 26 December 1979) is a Chinese actor, singer and producer. He is known for his roles in At Dolphin Bay (2003), Chinese Paladin 3 (2009), Swordsman (2013) and The Journey of Flower (2015).

Early life[edit]

Huo was born in Taipei, Taiwan on 26 December 1979. His family originated from Shandong province, with parents being natives of Longkou, Shandong province and Tianjin Municipality respectively. His grandfather was a follower of Sun Yat-sen and in October 1949, his family moved to Taiwan. Both his parents worked in the court system and his brother is a police officer.[1] His parents divorced when he was young.[2]

Huo once aspired to be a basketball player but then turned to singing in his early teenage days. Setting the goal as a singer, Huo joined the entertainment business at the age of 17. He was the assistant of Taiwanese TV host Sam Tseng then.

Career[edit]

2000–2004: Beginnings in Taiwan[edit]

In 2002, Huo, in order to have the chance to sing a theme song,[citation needed] became one of the two leading actors in the drama Star. This marked the beginning of his acting career.

Huo rose to fame from the idol drama At Dolphin Bay, which achieved a peak rating of 5.11 and became the most popular idol drama of the year. His role as the talented and capable music director Zhong Xiaogang brought him significant popularity in Taiwan.[3] He was then in great demand by many producers and was cast in seven idol dramas in the same year (a record yet to be broken).[4]

In 2004, Huo released his first ever solo album Start. Owing to his inability to cope with the excessive spotlight during the advertising of the album, he decided to focus on acting thereafter.[citation needed]

2005–2008: Career developments in China[edit]

In 2005, Huo starred in his first wuxia drama The Royal Swordsmen directed by Wong Jing. His melancholic portrayal of Guihai Yidao received rave reviews from fans and audiences. It proved to be an important turning point of his career, as it introduced him to mainland audiences.[5] The same year, Huo made his big screen debut in the movie Hands in the Hair alongside actress Rosamund Kwan.[6]

Huo then took the leading role in various dramas, including Sound of Colors alongside actress Ruby Lin, Romance of Red Dust opposite Shu Qi and Emerald on the Roof with Sun Li. Huo expressed that his role in Emerald on the Roof had taught him how to act, and has a deep impact on him.[7] Huo also starred in kungfu comedy Love at First Fight, taking on an eccentric and crazy role. His exaggerated expressions and comedic acting showed his ability to take on different roles.[8]

2008–2012: Rising popularity[edit]

In 2009, Huo rose to mainstream popularity with xianxia drama Chinese Paladin 3, an adaptation from the video game of the same title. His character Xu Changqing was loved by the audience, and established his popularity in China.[9]

In 2011, Huo starred in period action drama The Vigilantes in Masks with Cecilia Liu;[10] and historical drama The Glamorous Imperial Concubine wherein he played a cold and detached Emperor.[11] Due to the success of the dramas, Huo was awarded Most Influential Actor at the 2011 Youku Television Awards.[12]

In 2012, Huo starred in acclaimed medical drama Inspire the Life alongside veteran actors Wang Zhiwen, Li Chengru and Zhang Tieling.[13] He then starred in Lord of Legal Advisors, a mystery series set in the Ming Dynasty. The drama premiered in South Korea and became the second-highest viewed Chinese drama in the country after Scarlet Heart.[14] It was subsequently broadcast in Taiwan in April 2013 and achieved high ratings as well.[15]

2013–2014: Critical acclaim[edit]

In 2013, Huo starred in wuxia drama Swordsman, based on Jin Yong’s classic novel of the same Chinese title. He portrayed the character Linghu Chong. Swordsman was a commercial success and scored number one ratings on both TV and streaming websites; the success of the drama once again brought him to limelight.[16]

In 2014, Huo starred in Perfect Couple, written by Tong Hua. It was Huo's first attempt at producing a drama series after the establishment of Huajae Studio, and reunited him with Chinese Paladin 3 co-star Tiffany Tang.[17] The drama topped online broadcast views,[18] and Huo won the Most Popular Actor in the ancient drama genre at the 2014 China Student Television Festival.[19]

Huo then starred in his first war drama, Battle of Changsha, directed by Magnolia Award winner Kong Sheng.[20] Huo played a young soldier from a wealthy and renowned family who fought bravely at the front-lines for his country despite all oppositions. Battle of Changsha was a critical success, and was the highest rated drama on major streaming website Douban.[21]

2015–present: Career peak[edit]

In 2015, Huo starred in xianxia drama The Journey of Flower with Zanilia Zhao.[22] The drama was a huge success in China, achieving a peak rating of 3.89. It is also the first Chinese drama to surpass 20 billion online views.[23][24] He then starred in crime thriller Love Me, If you Dare, which received positive reviews and an international following.[25] Due to his success, Huo was chosen by China Newsweek as Artist of the Year. He was distinguished as one of the Most Influential People in China for 2015, a remarkable distinction since he is the only recipient of this award in the field of Performing Arts.[26]

In 2016, Huo starred in historical medcial drama The Imperial Doctress, portraying Zhu Qizhen.[27] It was one of the highest rated dramas that year, and Huo was awarded Most Popular Actor and Most Marketable Artist for his performance in The Imperial Doctress as well as Love Me, If You Dare at the 1st China Television Drama Quality Ceremony.[28] He next starred in the crime thriller Inside or Outside alongsidee Korean actor Jang Hyuk and Hong Kong star Simon Yam,[29] as well as romantic comedy film Suddenly Seventeen with Ni Ni and suspense thriller Hide and Seek.[30][31] The same year, he was cast in the palace drama Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace playing the role of Qianlong Emperor.[32]

In 2017, Huo starred in the science fiction suspense film Fatal Countdown: Reset, produced by Jackie Chan and directed by Korean director, Chang;[33] and war film Our Time Will Come, directed by award-winning director Ann Hui.[34]

In 2018, Huo was cast in the period epic drama The Great Craftsman.[35]

Personal life[edit]

On 20 May 2016, Huo confirmed his relationship with actress Ruby Lin,[36] his co-star in Sound of Colors (2006) and The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011). They got married in Bali on 31 July 2016.[37] The pair also held another wedding reception in Taipei on 2 August 2016.[38] Their daughter was born in January 2017.[39]

Huo is a good friend of actor Hu Ge.[40][41]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Hands in the Hair Ah Hua
2009 Contract About Interchange Status Mai Zhelun
2012 Ultra Reinforcement Yang Zhiang
2015 The Honey Enemy Xu Mo
2016 Inside or Outside Xie Tianyou / Qiu Le
2016 Hide and Seek Zhang Jiawei
2016 Suddenly Seventeen Mao Liang
2017 Reset Cui Hu
2017 Our Time Will Come Li Jinrong
2017 The Founding of an Army Chiang Kai-shek Cameo

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Star Xia Yuanqiao
2003 Pretty Girl Fu Liheng
2003 The Great Teacher Huo Jianqi Cameo
2003 My Secret Garden Li Wei / Huo Jianhua
2003 At Dolphin Bay Zhong Xiaogang
2003 Westside Story Xingwang
2004 100% Senorita Li Weixiang
2005 The Royal Swordsmen Guihai Yidao
2005 Romance of Red Dust Li Jing
2006 Sound of Colors Lu Yunxiang
2006 Emerald on the Roof Zhou Nianzhong
2007 Love at First Fight Li Yashou
2008 Rouge Snow Xia Yunkai
2008 A Mobile Love Story Lu Yunfei
2008 Modern Beauty Yang Guang
2008 Love in the Forlon City Yan Fei
2009 Chinese Paladin 3 Xu Changqing
2010 New One Plum Blossom Zhao Shijun
2010 Detective Tanglang Tang Lang
2010 Go Yi Yi Go Cao Yan
2011 The Vigilantes in Masks Li Gexiao
2011 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine Liu Liancheng
2011 Inspire the Life Han Zihang
2012 Lord of Legal Advisors Meng Tianchu
2013 Swordsman Linghu Chong
2014 Perfect Couple Jin Yuanbao also co-producer
2014 Incisive Great Teacher Li Daren Cameo
2014 Battle of Changsha Gu Qingming
2014 The Great Protector Liu Anshun
2015 The Journey of Flower Bai Zihua
2015 Love Me, If You Dare Bo Jingyan / Simon Allen
2016 The Imperial Doctress Zhu Qizhen
2018 Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace Qianlong Emperor
2019 The Master Craftsman Shen Qinan

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Album information
2004 Start

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album Notes
2002 Picking Stars Star OST
2002 Love is like Cotton Candy
2002 Come and go freely
2002 Happiness under the Umbrella Star OST, My Secret Garden OST
2003 Somebody 100% Senorita OST
2005 Your Number One The Royal Swordsmen OST
2005 That Time
2007 Angel's Wings in memory of Hsu Wei-lun; with various artists
2011 Pass Away The Glamorous Imperial Concubine OST
2013 Free and Unfettered Swordsman OST
2014 I Will Remember You Battle of Changsha OST with Yang Zi
2014 Good Times Perfect Couple OST with Ding Dang
2015 Not to Mention The Journey of Flower OST with Zhao Liying

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Singer Notes
1997 Love Story of Music Saya Chang
2000 Want to Escape Kang Chin-chung
2003 The Map of Love Elva Hsiao
2006 Big Fool Miriam Yeung
2017 Psudo-Single, Yet Single A-Lin

Endorsements and Ambassadorship[edit]

Year Brand Notes Ref.
2000 E-Wap
Wrigley’s Gum
2003 Mitsubishi Virage IO
Timberland
Matrix
2004 Siemens CX65
2005 Formosa Shades
2015 SK-II Celebrity Spokesperson of SK-II China [42]
2016 Hugo Boss - BOSS "Man Of Today" Ambassador of Hugo Boss China [43]
2017 Officine Panerai Panerai ambassador for Greater China

[44]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 39th Golden Bell Awards Best Actor At Dolphin Bay Nominated
2014 6th China TV Drama Awards Most Popular Actor (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Perfect Couple Won
Most Popular Couple (with Tiffany Tang) Won [45]
5th China Student Television Festival Most Popular Actor (Ancient Drama) Won [19]
2015 7th China TV Drama Awards Most Popular Actor N/A Won [46]
Audience's Favorite Character The Journey of Flower Won [47]
China Newsweek' Artist of the Year N/A Won [19]
2016 19th Huading Awards Best Actor The Journey of Flower Nominated
Best Actor (Contemporary Drama) Love Me, If You Dare Nominated
22nd Shanghai Television Festival Best Actor The Journey of Flower Nominated [48]
3rd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best Actor Nominated [49]
2017 20th Shanghai International Film Festival Best Actor Our Time Will Come Nominated [50]

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