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) December 26, 1979 (age 36)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other name(s) Huo-huo, Hua-ge, Eyelash King, Old Cadre, White Tofu, National Shangxian, Zunshang, Bo Meow-meow
Occupation Actor, Singer, Producer
Label(s) Huajae Studio/Company
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Ruby Lin (2016)[1]
Ancestry Longkou, Shandong
Alma mater Nan Chiang Industrial and Commercial Senior High School
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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Huo.

Wallace Huo Chien-hwa (born 26 December 1979) is a Taiwanese actor, singer and producer. He is currently active in the television and movie industry in China. In 2015, the character Bai Zihua from the TV series The Journey of Flower put his fame and popularity to the highest peak.

Early life[edit]

Wallace Huo Chien-hwa 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.[2] Huo once aspired to be a basketball player but then turned to singing in his early teenage days.[3]

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.[3]

Career[edit]

2000-2003: Career Beginnings and Rise to Fame[edit]

Huo rirst became known from a cell phone commercial with Angelica Lee in 2000. After completing his military service in 2002, Huo, in order to have the chance to sing a theme song, became one of the two leading actors in the drama Star. This marked the beginning of his acting career.[3]

In 2003, Huo was cast in the idol drama At Dolphin Bay. He acted as the music director Zhong Xiaogang which brought him significant fame and popularity in Taiwan as well as Southeast Asia. He was in great demand by many producers and was cast in seven idol dramas in the same year (a record yet to be broken), including Pretty Girl, The Great Teacher, My Secret Garden, Westside Story and 100% Senorita etc. While many people regarded him a popular star, Huo had to ride motorcycle to different shooting locations on his own without any assistant. He nearly fell asleep while driving. This overload of work demand together with the formula-type mode of acting sparked his idea of moving his focus to mainland China.[3]

2004-2007: Expansion into China[edit]

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. Later on, he decided to shift his whole career to mainland China as he felt a stagnation in the development and hoped for more opportunities to refine his acting skills.[3]

In April 2004, Huo starred in his first wuxia drama The Royal Swordsmen directed by Wong Jing. He portrayed the colourful detective character “Number 1 on Di(earth)” - Guihai Yidao and sang the theme song Your Number One. The drama was broadcast in mainland China in 2005 and his melancholic portrayal of Yidao received rave reviews from fans and audiences. It proved to be an important turning point of his career. The same year, Huo made his big screen debut in the movie Hands in the Hair.

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, which won him a nomination as Best Actor for the 2007 Sina Drama Award.

In 2007, Huo starred in the kungfu comedy drama Love at First Fight alongside Hong Kong actress Miriam Yeung. Huo took on an eccentric crazy role of Li Yashuo. His exaggerated expressions and comedic acting marked another important turning point in his career, proving to audience and critics alike his ability to take on different roles.

2008-2013: Rise to fame and increasing popularity[edit]

In 2008, Huo starred in the drama Chinese Paladin 3, a prequel to Chinese Paladin and an adaptation from the video game of the same title. The television series was broadcast on four major TV channels, and garnered a strong audience following. This increased Huo's recognition among mainland audiences and raised his popularity in China.

In the latter half of 2010, Huo starred as the lead actor in the dramas Detective Tanglang and Go Yi Yi Go, both of which were broadcast by China Central Television (CCTV) on prime time slots. Subsequently, he starred as the protagonist Li Gexiao in The Vigilantes in Masks , further increasing his popularity. Huo was later invited by Ruby Lin to star in her self-produced drama, The Glamorous Imperial Concubine, where he played the cold and detached Emperor, Liu Liancheng. The drama achieved a peak rating of 3.47, placing first in its ratings slot nationally. Huo was named as the Most Influential Actor at the 2011 Youku Drama Awards.

On 2 February 2012, Huo’s medical drama Inspire the Life premiered on CCTV-1 primetime. The drama received several government-issued awards including Best Work Awards and Chinese Television Flying Apsaras Awards. Huo portrayed Han Zihang, an attending surgeon with overseas educational background alongside Wang Zhiwen, Li Chengru and Zhang Tieling who were all well-known and highly respected actors.

In April 2012, Huo starred in the drama Swordsman which is based on Jin Yong’s classic wuxia genre novel of the same Chinese title. Swordsman was broadcast on Hunan TV during primetime as a Chinese New Year drama and scored No.1 ratings on both TV and streaming websites. Alongside the generous and unrestrained leading character Linghu Chong, Huo also played the insidious character Yang Lianting. The success of Swordsman once again brought him to limelight and displayed his popularity among audiences.

Huo then starred in his first war drama, Battle of Changsha, adapted from the novel of the same Chinese title and directed by Magnolia Award winner Kong Sheng. Huo portrayed Gu Qingming, a young soldier from a wealthy and renowned family who fought bravely at the frontlines for his country despite all oppositions. The love story of Gu Qingming and Hu Xiangxiang (portrayed by young actress Yang Zi) was comparable to that in Gone with the Wind. Battle of Changsha was voted Best Drama of 2014 in major streaming website Douban after being broadcast on CCTV-8 beginning mid-July 2014, and Huo won the Most Popular TV Actor Award.

2014 - Present: Career's Peak[edit]

In 2014, Huo ventured into drama production, acting as the co-producer of romantic comedy drama series, Perfect Couple. Huo also plays the leading character Jin Yuanbao in the drama.[4] The television series turned out to be a huge success, achieving 1 billion hits on major streaming sites becoming the most popular drama online.

On 9 June 2015, the fantasy-wuxia drama The Journey of Flower premiered on Human TV. Huo portrayed the calm and collective 'Bai Zihua, an immortal tasked to protect the magical realm of Changliu.[5] The Journey of Flower was a commercial hit, capturing the first place spot among TV show ratings in the province of Hunan. Online views of The Journey of Flower have already surpassed the 2-billion mark. The success of the drama put Huo's fame and popularity at its highest peak.[6] and online views have already surpassed 18 billion.[7] Huo topped the list of the Top 50 Actors ranking for China Television Show in the first half of 2015,[8] and was awarded Most Popular Actor at iQIYI All Star Carnival.[8]

Huo's soaring popularity thanks to The Journey of Flower coupled with his performance in detective thriller series Love Me, If You Dare allowed him to be chosen by China Newsweek as Artist of the Year. He was distinguished as one of the Most Influential People in China for 2015. This is a very remarkable distinction for him since he was the only recipient of this award in the field of Performing Arts that year.[8]

Huo continued to achieve success the following year in the historical period drama, The Imperial Doctress, starring Liu Shishi as the titular Tan Yunxian, a famous female physician in China's Ming Dynasty. The drama premiered on both Dragon TV and Jiangsu TV, achieving an average ratings of 1.2 on both broadcasting stations. Huo was awarded Most Popular Actor and Most Marketable Artist at the 1st annual China Television Drama Quality Ceremony.

Huo is confirmed to be starring in the upcoming science fiction/action movie Fatal Countdown : Reset, produced by Jackie Chan and directed by Korean director, Chang, in Busan, South Korea. He will be acting in a villion for the very first time in his career. He also joined the cast of Suddenly Seventeen, a romantic comedy film produced by Zhang Yimou and the directorial debut of his daughter Zhang Mo, in Beijing.[9]

On 27 May 2016, the historical costume drama The Legend of Ruyi, announced that it has cast Huo in the role of Qianlong Emperor, one of the emperors of the Qing Dynasty. He will star alongside Zhou Xun, who plays the titular character.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Huo dated actress Joe Chen briefly after filming 100% Senorita (2003).[11]

On 20 May 2016, Huo confirmed his relationship with actress Ruby Lin,[12] his co-star in Sound of Colors (2006) and The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011). On 5 July 2016, Huo and Lin confirmed that they will wed in Bali on 31 July 2016.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Hands in the Air 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
Hide and Seek Liu Jie
TBA Fatal Countdown : Reset Cui Hu
Suddenly Seventeen Zheng Weijia (Mao Liang)
The Great Escape Li Jinrong

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002 Star Xia Yuanqiao TTV
2003 Pretty Girl Fu Liheng CTS
The Great Teacher Huo Jianqi (student)
My Secret Garden Li Wei / Huo Jianhua CTV
At Dolphin Bay Zhong Xiaogang SETTV
Westside Story Xingwang
100% Senorita Li Weixiang CTS
2005 The Royal Swordsmen Guihai Yidao SZTV, AHTV
2006 Sound of Colors Lu Yunxiang CTS, SETV
Romance of Red Dust Li Jing
Emerald on the Roof Zhou Nianzhong GTV, ZJTV, SETV, NMTV
2007 Love at First Fight Li Yashou
Modern Beauty Yang Guang
2008 A Mobile Love Story Lu Yunfei CCTV-1
Rouge Snow Xia Yunkai LNTV, SETV, SDTV, HEBTV
Love in the Forlon City Yan Fei
2009 Chinese Paladin 3 Xu Changqing ETTV, JSTV, TTV
Go Yi Yi Go Cao Yan CCTV-8
2010 New One Plum Blossom Zhao Shijun JSTV, SETV, GDTV
Detective Tanglang Tang Lang CTS, CCTV-1
The Vigilantes In Masks Li Gexiao CTS, SETV, SZTV
2011 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine Liu Liancheng Hunan TV
Inspire the Life Han Zihang CCTV-1
2012 Xing Ming Shi Ye Meng Tianchu CTV
2013 Swordsman Linghu Chong Hunan TV
2014 Battle of Changsha Gu Qingming STV, CCTV-8, Human TV
Perfect Couple Jin Yuanbao JSTV, SZTV
Incisive Great Teacher Li Daren Dragon TV
The Great Protector Liu Anshun CNTV, SZTV, SETV
2015 The Journey of Flower Bai Zihua Hunan TV
Love Me, If You Dare Bo Jingyan / Simon Allen Dragon TV, Sohu.com
2016 The Imperial Doctress Zhu Qizhen Dragon TV, JSTV
2017 The Legend of Ruyi Qianlong Emperor

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Album information
2004 Start
(also known as Kai Shi)

Soundtracks[edit]

Soundtracks
Year Title Album Notes
2002 Zhai Xing Star OST
Ai Xiang Man Hua Tang
Jiu Bie Chong Feng
San Xia De Xing Fu
2003 San Xia De Xing Fu My Secret Garden OST
Somebody 100% Senorita OST
2005 Na Shi Hou The Royal Swordsmen OST
Ne De Di Yi (Your#1)
2007 Angel's Wings in memory of Hsu Wei-lun
various artists
2011 Qing Shi The Glamorous Imperial Concubine OST
2013 Free and Unfettered Swordsman OST
2014 I Will Remember You Battle of Changsha OST with Yang Zi
Good Times Perfect Couple OST with Ding Dang
2015 Not to Mention The Journey of Flower OST with Zhao Liying

Music video appearances[edit]

  • A-mei-mei / saya (1997)
  • Kang Chin Chung - Run Away (2000)
  • Somebody / 100% Senorita OST (2003)
  • Xing Fu De Di Tu / Elva Hsiao / 100% Senorita OST (2003)
  • Ni Hao Jiu Hao, Na Shi Hou, Jian Shang Qing Ting, Your#1 with Rosamund Kwan / Start vol.1 album (2004)
  • Da Sha with Miriam Yeung (2006)

Commercial[edit]

Year Brand
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
2016 Hugo Boss - BOSS"Man Of Today"
Ambassador of Hugo Boss China

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ruby Lin and Wallace Huo to wed in Bali on July 31: Report". The Straits Times. 2016-07-05. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  2. ^ "霍建华家庭背景显赫 爷爷曾追随孙中山" (in Chinese). wenxuecity.com. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "A date with Lu Yu" interview on 2016-01-13
  4. ^ "Wallace Huo and Tiffany Tang not destined to become real-life "Perfect Couple"". Jayne Stars. 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Wallace Huo's performance in "The Journey of Flower" gets praise". Jayne Stars. 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  6. ^ "Zhao Liying soars to new heights with "The Journey of Flower"". Jayne Stars. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  7. ^ "Drama online ratings". cdramadevotee. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  8. ^ a b c "‘Artist of the Year’: A well-deserved distinction for Wallace Huo". Asia Stars News. 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  9. ^ ""Suddenly Seventeen" releases first stills; Darren Wang joins for special appearance". jaynestars.com. 2016-01-31. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  10. ^ addy (2016-05-28). "Wallace Huo to star alongside Zhou Xun in "The Legend of Ruyi"". Jayne Stars. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  11. ^ "Will Wallace Huo and Joe Chen rekindle love flame?". Jayne Stars. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  12. ^ Zhang Rui (2016-05-20). "Wallace Huo, Ruby Lin reveal romantic relationship". China Internet Information Center. 

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