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Vic Zhou Returns To Nanning

Zai Zai’s return to Nanning caused Nanning fans to swoon once again. On April 11th, Taiwanese idol Vic Zhou (Zai Zai) appeared as the spokesperson for a certain personal care product line at Beijing’s Hua Lian Jiangnan store. This was his second time to Nanning, his last visit being less than a year ago. For such a sought-after celebrity, the frequency of his visit to the same place is quite surprising, and for his fans there, it was like another paradise. One of the events involved Zai Zai acting as a last-minute photographer for his fans, which was quite interesting. If Zai Zai’s visit to Nanning could be made into a book, it would definitely be full of lasting memories.

Zai Zai personally ties a female fan’s hairband

Previously, Zai Zai had revealed that he was a “love at first sight” type of person, but what kind of girl would he show his affections to? At the Nanning stop yesterday, he admitted that he was part of the “facial appearance” group, “The first thing that a guy notices about a girl is definitely their outer appearance, for example, a girl may have a head of long soft hair, which looks very appealing, and will definitely melt a guy’s heart.”

The events crafted for the occasion were up to Zai Zai’s standards. He had to personally look for girls with “soft, luxurious long hair”, and to see if they could, using only their fingers, comb smooth their hair after it had been blasted by a strong wind within a short period of time. The winner of the challenge was the object of envy by all the others: not only was she rated by Zai Zai as “an advertisement worth model, very sexy”, she got to have Zai Zai tie a headband on her head himself! After it was done tying, she exclaimed, “I’ll never wash my hair!” Zai Zai, an ever-dutiful spokesperson, immediately “threw cold water” on this fan, saying, “You can’t not wash your hair, the products are waiting for you to use them!”

Japanese housewives follow him to Nanning

Zai Zai’s current promotion activity is entitled, “Soft and smooth travel”, but his journey from Shanghai to Nanning has been anything but; in fact it has been very dangerous and rough. At the Shanghai activities event, there was an over-excited female fan who almost injured Zai Zai during one of the activities; at the Shanghai airport, no matter how carefully he wrapped himself with a hat and face mask, his fans still managed to recognize him and encircled him, causing a huge ruckus…… trying to maintain a low status in Nanning is no easy task!

These events can all be simply explained: he is just too popular! This time, there were even fans that came all the way from Japan to see him –4 members of Tokyo’s “housewives group”, who saw his activities online, and flew to Shanghai without a second thought. Then they flew to Nanning, staying at the same hotel as Zai Zai. They informed the reporters, “Zai Zai’s acting in ‘Meteor Garden’ caused us to fall in love with him, at the time, he was only 20!” ……following that, one of the missus even pulled out a little book, showing it to the reporter: Shanghai’s map, Nanning’s map…… such a thick book, was filled with maps and itineraries, so who knows to how many places have they followed him? What a dedicated group of fans!

F4 bromance will never fade

Zai Zai’s popularity nowadays can definitely be attributed to his days in F4. After expanding on their own for so many years, what is their relationship like now? Do they keep in close contact? Zai Zai’s answer to these questions was moving and satisfying, even when he mentioned his prankster texts with Ken Zhu, he started laughing just thinking about it. This type of natural friendship cements their F4 brotherhood, and that their relationship will never change.

Zai Zai says, he is closest with Ken, and only contacts Vaness Wu “sometimes”, as for Jerry Yan, he is often very busy with advertisements, so they barely keep in contact. F4’s main mode of contact is text messaging and phone calls, and they hardly meet in person. He explains this, saying it’s not because they are too busy, it’s because “they feel it’s weird to purposely meet in person.” Zai Zai says that after 10 years of collaboration, they are like a real family: “Like me and my brother, we live apart. Real feelings don’t require face to face contact, the most real feelings come from the heart.”

Zai Zai also cited some interesting examples of F4’s comradeship. “I’m the youngest in the group, so I like joking around with them, especially through texting with Ken, after which he will retaliate. For example, if I accept any new films or advertisements, I like to brag to him about it. Ken really likes travelling, and will always reply back in a really interesting place, saying, ‘Are you always going to reside in the silver screens? Aren’t you tired?” He was already half-laughing when he was telling us this; clearly it was very funny to him. He revealed that he feels gratified after receiving such texts, and feels that this is how true friends communicate, better than the fake ‘You are very good at this’ type of sayings.

“Rain god” Zai Zai prays to the heavens

Probably due to his busy work schedule, he doesn’t have time to watch the news, and didn’t know of the Nanning drought until that day, and really wanted to do something for the citizens. Speaking of this point, his fans started yelling, “Rain god! Rain God!”. It turns out that “Rain God” is one of Zai Zai’s nicknames, because it often rains when he attends events. Although this nickname is often used to make fun of him, it suddenly had a good connotation at the time, but his “rain god” status didn’t materialize, and it remained a sunny day. This made Zai Zai a bit disappointed, and said he would pray to the “Rain god” himself, and hoped for rains to come earlier to relieve the drought.

He is very clear about the influence that his status will bring, and the effects this can have on charities. “If I could, I will try to spread the love through charity work. I think, like a magnet, this could help attract more of my fans to understand the difficulties faced by the citizens here, and focus all their powers to lend a helping hand.”

Avoids talking about arguments with Mark Zhao

Following the rise of the Taiwan dramas again, Ethan Ruan and Mark Zhao are among the new wave of rising stars, and Mark even stole the spotlight from Zai Zai in their drama “Black and White”, resulting in rumours that Zai Zai held a grudge against him for stealing the number one spot. Does he feel pressure from the new idols after working in the biz for 10 years?

Zai Zai naturally avoided the topic of their comparison, only saying, he didn’t feel pressure from newcomers or established actors, because everyone worked hard to do their best, and to improve the whole film industry for Taiwan. “We don’t have special effects support like those from Hollywood, so we have to do the real deal like Jacky Chan. I watched the behind the scenes from ‘MONGA’, and all the shots were done by the actors themselves. We have to learn a lot of things, in order to pave the road for ourselves in the future.”

Wants to work on a movie himself

Zai Zai reveals, he and a group of similar-minded artists are currently preparing to create a studio that belongs to themselves, to act out things that they personally believe in and show everyone.

He tells reporters, his singing contract is already up, and it is a sort of release for him, because he has absolutely no interest in singing anymore, and doesn’t have to withstand the glares and snotty looks from those waiting for him to rush his recording songs. He can focus all his efforts on his acting, and proceed with his dreams to create a lone-standing film. This dream, he has had for many years. “Usually when I’m acting, I see areas that I’m not 100% satisfied with, but as an actor, I can’t say much. In the future, if I work with friends on a film, we can discuss and present a more satisfying product.”

Zai Zai is very optimistic about his future, and the renewed interest in Taiwan’s film industry has given him a good opportunity at the moment. Although he wishes to film and produce his own film, he doesn’t plan to create an artistic film; “Taiwan film’s route down this path has already been a long one. I remember there were many popular films growing up, that became more artistic, and thus losing their popularity. Now that someone can make a good blockbuster, like ‘Cape no. 7′, ‘MONGA’, I feel very proud.”

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