Jasper Liu sends love to 'goddess' Yoona and Puff Kuo, but who does he want to marry?

Jasper Liu sends love to 'goddess' Yoona and Puff Kuo, but who does he want to marry?
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It's a long list and he needs to go through it carefully.

Jasper Liu, man of the moment starring in the hit Taiwanese movie More Than Blue, apologised when he couldn't decide who among the many actresses he's worked with he would want to marry.

"I've never thought about dating someone in the industry," the actor told AsiaOne. "What if they say, 'I don't want you as my boyfriend either' (laughs)?"

The 32-year-old is quite the sensation. After debuting in 2011 in the popular idol drama In Time with You, Liu has progressed into leading-man roles opposite the who's who of Taiwanese showbiz, including Cheryl Yang, Sandrine Pinna, Vivian Sung, Annie Chen, Puff Kuo and Mandy Wei.

The tearjerker More Than Blue, a remake of a 2009 Korean film, opened in Singapore on Dec 13 and went on to gross the biggest weekend for a Taiwanese film here in three years.

In town for an awards show, Liu was quizzed on romance in the wake of a spate of marriage announcements, including that of Yang.

Although he couldn't decide on his ideal partner, he sent lots of love to South Korean superstar Yoona and Kuo.

Liu met Yoona of girl group Girls' Generation last month at the Asia Artist Awards in Incheon, where the Chinese speaker frequently helped to translate for him.

"When we met I was already in awe," he revealed. "I never imagined meeting her and she's really very beautiful.

"I am very grateful for how she took care of me. (I) hope we get to work together. When I met her, I was like, 'Goddess'."

While Liu did not place Kuo on a pedestal or profess his love for her, he said she would make the best buddy.

The two appeared in 2014's Pleasantly Surprised and can be seen in another television series, Before We Get Married, next year.


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Liu recalled, "When I first took on a lead role, I could feel her watching out for me.

"I'm actually quite introverted and get nervous easily. I remember back then when microphones were shoved in my face, I would panic and maybe move backwards. But I'll always remember once when she propped me up and encouraged me to face the media."

Liu enjoyed a meal of salted egg crab and black pepper crab the night before - he has never heard of chilli crab - but more than anything else, what Liu appreciates most about Singapore is the reception to his new movie.

Get the tissues ready if you're going to catch it. The film centres on K (Liu) and Cream (Ivy Chen), who have lived together since young because they have no other family, but are technically not in a romantic relationship. When K learns of a terriblenews, he secretly tries to plan the rest of Cream's life.

Liu revealed the role took a toll on him, admitting he was resistant to the tragic movie initially.

For research, he visited the hospital "because I've always been healthy and wanted to experience what it's like to have a limited time to live. Unknowingly I just became more and more depressed, and I went out less, and talked less.

"There was a point while doing this movie when I became resistant to getting into character because every day I was crying. I asked the director (Gavin Lin) whether I could stop crying because it was getting unhealthy. I felt like my body couldn't take it anymore."

Lin devised a solution to prevent Liu from "sinking too deep".


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"He gave me a particular type of essential oil and when I smelled it, I was K fully, but at the end of a shoot, washing the smell off switched me back to myself. That gave me a great sense of security."

A fantastic co-star certainly aided Liu's heartbreaking performance.

Chen is an award-winning actress and Liu raved about "her eyes that speak".

"When she cries and you look at her, you'll unknowingly want to cry too. The moods she gives off are very genuine and a lot of the time, I felt like she carried me emotionally and then my emotions came out naturally."

In spite of what he endured for More Than Blue, Liu, who's a guitarist in the band Morning Call and an occasional model, loves acting the most precisely for such projects.

"You get to move an audience. I remember when I attended my first screening, I felt a vibe I couldn't explain, and when we saw many people crying, I was dumbstruck."

For someone who joined a modelling agency thinking he would be doing "some animation or post-production work" since he majored in visual communication and design, Liu is now big enough to appear on popular Korean variety programme The Return of Superman and banter online with Haha of Running Man fame.

But he is not shooting for the stars. He said he doesn't mind working overseas simply because he loves travelling, especially if the project (like The Return of Superman) is fun.

Question is, would he shave his trademark "cauliflower hair" if a meaty role in a Mainland period drama comes along?

"I'm okay to shave! Recently I've been very keen on trying different hairstyles. I don't want to limit myself because of my hair."

Liu's locks from an early role were so iconic it's reported he regularly perms his straight hair to maintain the look.

But he clarified during the interview that he does not and actually prefers long, unkempt and shaggy hair.

Unfortunately, he kept having to cut it for work, "therefore K was perfect for me and I insisted on growing out my hair," he said.

Before he left for the airport, Liu let us in on his latest hobby - camping - and asked whether Singapore has any recommended spots.

Who knows? Next time you're at East Coast Park or Pulau Ubin, you might just run into the boyish-looking star.

Biggest celebs from around the region gather in Singapore for StarHub Night of Stars

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    Some of the region's biggest celebrities arrived on the red carpet at Marina Bay Sands on Saturday, Dec 22, for the Starhub Night of Stars awards ceremony.

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    The event was hosted by Kate Pang, seen here with her son, Aden, and husband Andie Chen.

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    Yanxi Palace actress Qin Lan looked regal in a silvery gown. She won the 2018 StarHub Best Female Asian Star Award for her role in the hit drama series.

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    Taiwanese singer-host Chen Meifeng sizzled in a see-through number.

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    The veteran entertainer brought some sizzle to the red carpet in her daring ensemble. She won the 2018 StarHub Evergreen Artiste Award.

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    Taiwanese host Pauline Lan was a head-turner in an eye-catching outfit which showed off her toned legs, tucked into thigh-high boots.

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    The plucky host definitely knew how to work a red carpet. Pauline won the 2018 StarHub Best Host Award for the entertainment series, Lady First Singapore, now in its 6th season.

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    Veteran Hong Kong actress Michelle Yim channelled her inner princess in a red gown.

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    K-pop group Cosmic Girls were resplendent in white. The group took home the 2018 StarHub Most Charismatic Performance Award

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    South Korean boy band A.C.E nabbed the 2018 StarHub Best Newcomer Award.

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    Taiwanese actor Jasper Liu sent hearts aflutter. Liu received the 2018 StarHub Dazzling Star Award.

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    Taiwanese actor Jasper Liu sent hearts aflutter. Liu received the 2018 StarHub Dazzling Star Award.

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    As did K-drama idol Lee Joong Gi, who looked dashing on the red carpet. Joon Gi’s realistic portrayal of the Lawless Lawyer earned him the 2018 StarHub Best Male Asian Star Award.

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    Fellow Taiwanese actor Derek Chang accepted the 2018 StarHub Rising Star Award for his role as a budding designer An Qing Hui in My Dear Boy.

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    K-pop star 'Ponyo' Jeong Sewoon drew loud screams and squeals from the audience who gathered outside the Sands Theatre to catch a glimpse of the stars. He won the 2018 StarHub Best Asian Drama OST Award.

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    Singaporean actor and Yanxi Palace star Lawrence Wong

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    Lawrence nabbed the 2018 StarHub Breakthrough Star Award (2018星和飞跃大奖) for his role as lively general Hai Lan Cha in Story of Yanxi Palace.

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    Thomas Ong and Ann Kok

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    Fann Wong and husband Christopher Lee were supposed to attend the show, had to give it a miss as Fann had taken ill and had to be rushed to hospital.

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    In her Instagram post, Fann wrote that she had to be rushed to hospital the minute she got off the plane, but gave no details on her illness. She also apologised for not being able to attend to her work commitments, and thanked doctors and nurses at Mount Elizabeth hospital for taking care of her.

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    Taiwanese host Lulu

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    Taiwanese actor Dennis Nieh

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    Taiwanese singer Sam Lee

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    Hong Kong beauty queen and actress Rebecca Zhu. Rebecca’s portrayal of Sheung Mei Mui, a lively stuntwoman in The Stunt earned her the 2018 StarHub Best TV Drama Character Award.

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    Veteran Hong Kong actor and Singapore resident, Benz Hui also made an appearance.

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    This year's TVB Best Actor, Joe Ma nabbed the 2018 StarHub Best TVB Artiste Award.

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    Viewers can catch the premiere of StarHub Night of Stars on Hub VV Drama (StarHub TV Channel 855) on Jan 13 at 7pm. The show will also be made available on Hub E City (StarHub TV Channel 111/825) on Jan 19, 8:45pm and Feb 4 at 4:30pm.

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    Cosmic Girls

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    Taiwanese host Pauline Lan

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    A.C.E

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    Jeong Sewoon and Kate Pang. Read our interview with Sewoon here.

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    Taiwanese host Lulu and Kate Pang

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    HK actress MIchelle Yim

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    Lawrence Wong

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    HK actor Joe Ma

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    Dennis Nieh and Kate Pang

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    Thomas Ong and Ann Kok

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    AsiaOne is outside the Sands Theatre to catch the arrival of the stars.

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    The crowd gathered outside the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands.

tanthiampeng@asiaone.com

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