Interview

Exclusive Interview with Chinese Celebrity Chen Xuedong

 

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Here at Men’s Folio Magazine, we greatly pride ourselves on selecting cover stars that embody the tenacity and perseverance required to rise in the Asian entertainment industry. Chen Xuedong, a Shanghainese actor, is a stickler to those virtues, which have helped build his career from a trainee K-Pop artiste with Cube Entertainment, to a starring role in Tiny Times, a drama which grosses USD300 million annually.

A passion for acting has led the tireless actor to venture into films, three of which he is currently in the midst of filming. Chen also harbours a passion for singing, a talent that makes him the complete package in the acting world. He shares his journey to stardom with Men’s Folio, a journey that will only continue to grow with Chen’s career.

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What sort of challenges did you face as a rookie in the entertainment scene?
I enjoyed immense freedom in my previous role as a student. When I took up acting, the change in my career and identity were the greatest challenges.

How did you get involved with Tiny Times?
It’s a common comment that I had a high entry point into the industry, since my first work was a movie, and an extremely popular one at that. I owe much gratitude to the man who gave me the opportunity, my director Guo Jingming, as well as the various actors who helped me out.

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What other projects are you currently working on?
The ones that have been announced are 《从天儿降》《长城》和《爵迹》. There are a couple of other projects that haven’t been announced. It’s going to get busy. Just this year alone, I’ve been working for half a year without any breaks, and haven’t been home in months. I’ll probably work through the year before taking a break at the end of this year.

Any aspirations to pursue music again? Or have you completely set your mind on acting now?
I sang the ending theme for Tiny Times 4. When the song came on, it signified the end of the entire series. I believe I’d continue to pursue my interests in music, and hope to create works that I love for everyone. The two crafts are basically reflections of my moods, and I hope to share that with the people I love.

For the full feature, get your hands on a copy of Men’s Folio’s September issue.