Andie Chen: Taiwan’s going well
Text and photos: Tammi Tan
Photos: Louis Teo
Video: Tay Yixuan and Teng Siew Eng
It’s been just a month since Andie Chen made a sudden move to Taiwan to advance his acting career and the 27-year-old actor has already racked up quite a schedule – meetings with filmmakers, lessons, and of course, spending time on set.
His workload in Singapore hasn’t seemed to lighten up either. Andie was recently back in town to promote C.L.I.F 2, a new MediaCorp police drama in which he appears with a bevy of other big names, and spoke to xinmsn after the press conference (held, fittingly, at the Senior Police Officers’ Mess clubhouse) about his ongoing and upcoming projects.
“Things in Taiwan are going well,” the charming 2007 Star Search winner assured with a smile. “I’m just settling in, seeing different directors, scriptwriters and producers, as well as taking dance and Mandarin enunciation lessons.”
Andie also took this opportunity to dismiss the common notion that the move was an attempt to make it big within a short time. "I'm an actor who has been fortunate enough to have a door open in Taiwan, so I'm choosing to walk in. There isn't any greater plan for fame and fortune - it's just a natural progression."
And the first step in the new chapter of this "natural progression" is a cameo feature in True Love 365, a romantic drama with a cast led by Joanne Tseng and Bryant Chang. Andie guest stars as "King Kong", an orphan who grows up to become a bodyguard for the family who adopted him.
Unsurprisingly, such a packed agenda, plus the challenges of adapting to life in a new city, can become rather overwhelming, but close comrade and Joys of Life co-star Alien Huang has been a pillar of support, making things a lot easier. "Alien is like family," Andie elaborated in a follow-up e-mail interview. "Despite his busy schedule, he always makes time to talk to me about the problems I face working in Taiwan." The pair have even discussed embarking on a Joys of Life sequel in the near future.
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