Wallace Huo

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Wallace Huo
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Born
Huo Chien-hwa

(1979-12-26) 26 December 1979 (age 39)
Alma materNan Chiang Industrial and Commercial Senior High School
Occupation
Years active2002–present
AgentChun Chieh Lien (2011–present) (Huajae Studio (founder))
Spouse(s)
Ruby Lin (m. 2016)
Children1
Parent(s)Huo Chao-Kun (father)
Liu Yu (mother)
FamilyHuo Chien-yuan (brother)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese霍建華
Simplified Chinese霍建华

Wallace Huo Chien-hwa (Chinese: 霍建華; pinyin: Huò Jiànhuá, born 26 December 1979) is a Taiwanese actor, singer and producer. He is known for his roles in At Dolphin Bay (2003), Chinese Paladin 3 (2009), Swordsman (2013), Battle of Changsha (2014), The Journey of Flower (2015) and Love Me If You Dare (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]

2002–2008: Beginnings and Rising popularity[edit]

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 (2002). This marked the beginning of his acting career.[3]

Huo rose to fame from the idol drama At Dolphin Bay (2003),[4] 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.[5] 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).[6]

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]

In 2005, Huo starred in his first wuxia drama The Royal Swordsmen directed by Wong Jing.[7] 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.[8] The same year, Huo made his big screen debut in the movie Hands in the Hair alongside actress Rosamund Kwan.[9]

Huo then took the leading role in various dramas, including Sound of Colors alongside actress Ruby Lin,[10] Romance of Red Dust opposite Shu Qi,[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

2009–2014: Rising popularity in China[edit]

In 2009, Huo rose to mainstream popularity with the hit xianxia drama Chinese Paladin 3, an adaptation from the video game of the same title.[14] His character Xu Changqing and romantic pairing with Tiffany Tang were loved by the audience, and established his popularity in China.[15][16]

In 2011, Huo starred in period action drama The Vigilantes in Masks with Cecilia Liu;[17] and historical drama The Glamorous Imperial Concubine wherein he played a cold and detached Emperor.[18] Due to the success of the dramas, Huo was awarded Most Influential Actor at the 2011 Youku Television Awards.[19]

In 2012, Huo starred in acclaimed medical drama Inspire the Life.[20] He then starred in Lord of Legal Advisors, a mystery series set in the Ming Dynasty.[21] The drama premiered in South Korea and became the second-highest viewed Chinese drama in the country after Scarlet Heart.[22] It was subsequently broadcast in Taiwan in April 2013 and achieved high ratings as well.[23]

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.[24] 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.[25]

In 2014, Huo starred in Perfect Couple, written by Tong Hua.[26] It was Huo's first attempt at producing a drama series after the establishment of his own company Huajae Studio, and reunited him with Chinese Paladin 3 co-star Tiffany Tang.[27] The drama topped online broadcast views,[28] and Huo won the Most Popular Actor in the ancient drama genre at the 2014 China Student Television Festival.[29] Huo then starred in his first war drama, Battle of Changsha, directed by Magnolia Award winner Kong Sheng.[30] 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.[31]

2015–present: Career peak[edit]

In 2015, Huo starred in xianxia drama The Journey of Flower with Zanilia Zhao.[32] 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.[33][34] The success of The Journey of Flower brought Huo's career to a new high.[35] He then starred in crime thriller Love Me If You Dare, which received positive reviews and an international following.[36][37] 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.[38]

In 2016, Huo starred in historical medical drama The Imperial Doctress, portraying Zhu Qizhen.[39] 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.[40] He next starred in the crime thriller Inside or Outside alongside Korean actor Jang Hyuk and Hong Kong star Simon Yam,[41] as well as romantic comedy film Suddenly Seventeen and suspense thriller Hide and Seek.[42][43]

In 2017, Huo starred in the science fiction suspense film Reset, produced by Jackie Chan and directed by Korean director, Chang;[44] and war film Our Time Will Come, directed by award-winning director Ann Hui.[45]

In 2018, Huo returned to the small screen in the palace drama Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace playing the role of Qianlong Emperor.[46] The same year, he was cast in the period epic drama The Great Craftsman, reuniting with his Chinese Paladin 3 and Reset co-star Yang Mi.[47]

In 2019, Huo was cast in the romance drama film Somewhere Winter written by Rao Xueman.[48]

Personal life[edit]

On 20 May 2016, Huo confirmed his relationship with actress Ruby Lin,[49] his co-star in Sound of Colors (2006) and The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011). They got married in Bali on 31 July 2016.[50] The pair also held another wedding reception in Taipei on 2 August 2016.[51] Their daughter was born in January 2017.[52]

Huo is a good friend of actor Hu Ge.[53][54]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2005 Hands in the Hair 做头 Ah Hua
2009 Contract About Interchange Status 变身契约 Mai Zhelun [55]
2012 Ultra Reinforcement 超时空救兵 Yang Zhiang [56]
2015 The Honey Enemy 情敌蜜月 Xu Mo [57]
2016 Inside or Outside 真相禁区 Xie Tianyou / Qiu Le
2016 Hide and Seek 捉迷藏 Zhang Jiawei
2016 Suddenly Seventeen 28岁未成年 Mao Liang
2017 Reset 逆时营救 Cui Hu
2017 Our Time Will Come 明月几时有 Li Jinrong
2017 The Founding of an Army 建军大业 Chiang Kai-shek [58]
2020 Somewhere Winter 大约在冬季 Qi Xiao

Television series[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2002 Star 摘星 Xia Yuanqiao
2003 Pretty Girl 美丽俏佳人 Fu Liheng
2003 The Great Teacher 麻辣鲜师 Huo Jianqi Cameo
2003 My Secret Garden 我的秘密花园 Li Wei / Huo Jianhua Cameo
2003 At Dolphin Bay 海豚湾恋人 Zhong Xiaogang
2003 Westside Story 西街少年 Xingwang [59]
2004 100% Senorita 千金百分百 Li Weixiang [60]
2005 The Royal Swordsmen 天下第一 Guihai Yidao
2005 Romance of Red Dust 风尘三侠之红拂女 Li Jing
2006 Sound of Colors 地下铁 Lu Yunxiang
2006 Emerald on the Roof 屋顶上的绿宝石 Zhou Nianzhong
2007 Love at First Fight 武十郎 Li Yashou
2008 Rouge Snow 胭脂雪 Xia Yunkai [61]
2008 A Mobile Love Story 爱情占线 Lu Yunfei [62]
2008 Modern Beauty 现代美女 Yang Guang [63]
2008 Love in the Forlon City 伤城之恋 Yan Fei [64]
2009 Chinese Paladin 3 仙剑奇侠传三 Xu Changqing
2010 New One Plum Blossom 新一剪梅 Zhao Shijun [65]
2010 Detective Tanglang 唐琅探案 Tang Lang [66]
2010 Go Yi Yi Go 一一向前冲 Cao Yan [67]
2011 The Vigilantes in Masks 怪侠一枝梅 Li Gexiao
2011 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine 倾世皇妃 Liu Liancheng Special appearance
2011 Inspire the Life 感动生命 Han Zihang [68]
2012 Lord of Legal Advisors 刑名师爷 Meng Tianchu
2013 Swordsman 笑傲江湖 Linghu Chong
2014 Perfect Couple 金玉良缘 Jin Yuanbao also co-producer
2014 Incisive Great Teacher 犀利仁师 Li Daren Cameo[69]
2014 Battle of Changsha 战长沙 Gu Qingming
2014 The Great Protector 镖门 Liu Anshun [70]
2015 The Journey of Flower 花千骨 Bai Zihua
2015 Love Me If You Dare 他来了,请闭眼 Bo Jingyan / Simon Allen
2016 The Imperial Doctress 女医·明妃传 Zhu Qizhen
2018 Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace 如懿传 Qianlong Emperor
2019 The Great Craftsman 巨匠 Shen Qinan

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year English title Original title Album information
2004 Start 开始

Singles[edit]

Year English title Original title Album Notes
2002 Picking Stars 摘星 Star OST
2002 Love is like Cotton Candy 爱像棉花糖 with Romi Li
2002 Come and go freely 来去自如
2002 Happiness under the Umbrella 伞下的幸福 Star OST, My Secret Garden OST
2003 Somebody N/A 100% Senorita OST
2005 Your Number One 你的第一 The Royal Swordsmen OST
2005 That Time 那时候
2007 Angel's Wings 天使的翅膀 in memory of Beatrice Hsu; with various artists
2011 Pass Away 倾世 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine OST
2013 Free and Unfettered 逍遥 Swordsman OST
2014 I Will Remember You 我会记得你 Battle of Changsha OST with Yang Zi
2014 Good Times 好时光 Perfect Couple OST with Ding Dang
2015 Not to Mention 不可说 The Journey of Flower OST with Zhao Liying

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Singer Notes
1997 Love Story of Music (音乐爱情故事) Saya Chang
2000 Want to Escape (想逃) Kang Chin-chung
2003 The Map of Love (幸福的地图) Elva Hsiao
2006 Big Fool (大傻) Miriam Yeung
2017 Psudo-Single, Yet Single (未单身) A-Lin

Awards and nominations[edit]

Major awards
2004 39th Golden Bell Awards Best Actor At Dolphin Bay Nominated
2016 22nd Shanghai Television Festival Best Actor The Journey of Flower Nominated [71]
2017 20th Shanghai International Film Festival Best Actor Our Time Will Come Nominated [72]
Other awards
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Youku Television Awards Most Marketable Actor The Glamorous Imperial Concubine Won [73]
2013 8th Chinese TV Audience Festival Top Ten Actors Swordsman Won
2014 5th China Student Television Festival Most Popular Actor (Ancient Drama) Perfect Couple Won [29]
6th China TV Drama Awards Most Popular Couple (with Tiffany Tang) Won [74]
Most Popular Actor (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Perfect Couple, Battle of Changsha Won [75]
iQiyi All-Star Carnival Best Television Actor (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Won [76]
2015 China Newsweek Artist of the Year N/A Won [29]
iQiyi All-Star Carnival Most Popular Actor The Journey of Flower Won [77]
7th China TV Drama Awards Most Popular Actor Won [78]
Audience's Favorite Character Won [79]
2016 2015 Conference on Big Data Index of Culture and Entertainment Most Popular Character Won [80]
1st China Quality Television Drama Ceremony Most Marketable Actor The Journey of Flower, The Imperial Doctress Won [81]
Most Popular Actor Won
3rd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best Actor (Historical Drama) Nominated [82]
19th Huading Awards Best Actor Nominated
Best Actor (Contemporary Drama) Love Me If You Dare Nominated
2018 24th Huading Awards Best Actor Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace Nominated [83]

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