With summer coming to an end, here’s my round-up of this summer’s “wish-flings” (aka. smoking hot guys or gals who most often frequent your daydreams), with a Schema twist. Not only are these five men and women incredibly easy on the eyes, their diverse backgrounds and blended identities will also ensure that you have plenty to talk about over a candle-lit dinner.
Top 5 Male Wish-Flings
The German Gymnast: Marcel Nguyen
Marcel Nguyen is a 25 years old gymnast who won two silver medals at the 2012 London Olympics. Born to a German mother and Vietnamese father, he started to practise gymnastics at the age of four. The first gymnast to win on the parallel bars since 1955, Marcel nabbed the gold medal at the 2011 European Championships in Berlin. Tuoitrenews quotes Marcel’s success as “Gymnast of Vietnam origin ends Germany’s 76-year wait”. Marcel even has Weibo! (Chinese version of Twitter)
The Gentle Giant: Godfrey Gao (高以翔)
Godfrey Gao is a Taiwanese Canadian model and actor, born to a Malaysian mother and a Taiwanese father. The family moved to Vancouver when he was nine. Godfrey was a basketball star at Argyle Secondary. He later studied at Capilano University. Godfrey’s family still resides in North Vancouver, so he comes back to visit. Many fans have spotted him downtown; at 6’5″, he’s hard to miss.
In an interview with Vancity Buzz, Godfrey tells that he misses Vancouver’s clean air and popular food spots like Tim Hortons, The Keg, Earls,and Cactus Club etc. He also misses playing basketball at Kits beach or Ambleside beach in West Van. And our beautiful English Bay sunsets.
Besides being the first male Asian face of Louis Vuitton, he also bakes — chocolate chip muffins are his specialty (my favourite!).
Here’s hoping he gets cast in the inevitable Jeremy Lin biopic.
The Beastly Flower Boy: Eddie Peng (彭于晏)
Eddie Peng came to Vancouver at the age of thirteen with his family from Taiwan, where he stayed for university, studying Economics at UBC. When his grandma passed away during one summer, he returned to Taiwan. Out of curiosity about the entertainment industry, he joined the cast of the TV series The White Paper of Love (爱情白皮书). Since then, he has released an EP album in 2010, and has been steadily focused on his acting career.
In 2011, Eddie received a Best Actor nomination for the 49th Golden Horse Award for his role in Jump Ashin!
Eddie has dated pop superstar Jolin Tsai and has also been linked to the famous actress Shu Qi.
You can follow Eddie on Sina Weibo @彭于晏.
The Ultimate: Daniel Henney (다니엘 헤니)
If you are a regular Schema reader, you’d recognize Daniel Henney as Sam in Shanghai Calling.
Daniel Henny was born in Michigan, U.S., to a Korean mother and an American father of Irish descent. He started his modelling career in 2001 and made the leap to being an actor in 2005. Daniel starred in the MBC comedy drama My Name is Kim Sam-soon with Hyun Bin, Kim Sun-ah and Jung Ryeo-won. Daniel also played Agent Zero in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Daniel is also in the up-coming Chinese film Day and Night Surprise (一夜惊喜) with Fan Bingbing.
The Singer + Dancer Combo: Harry Shum Jr.
Harry was born in Costa Rica to Chinese parents. He is an American dancer, actor and choreographer. If you’ve watched Glee, you would recognize him as Mike Chang. Great voice and awesome moves! Harry learned how to dance through watching his idol, Michael Jackson.
Top 5 Women
The Award-Winning: Sandrine Pinna (張榕容)
Sandrine Pinna was born and raised in Taiwan to Taiwanese and French parents. She won the 14th Taipei Film Festival with her role in Touch of Light, which was featured at this year’s Asian American International Film Festival. She was also nominated in the Best Actress category in for the 49th Golden Horse Awards (2012).
Sandrine is starring in the Taiwanese drama “Amour et Pâtisserie” (没有名字的甜点店) as a talented pastry chef.
The Indo-Canadian Vocalist: Jonita Gandhi
Jonita Gandhi was born in India and came to Canada as a baby. Her father is a musician, so she was inspired at an early age. Jonita’s first song in Bollywood is the opening track for the movie Chennai Express, starring Shah Rukh Khan. She considers herself lucky to have collaborated with the legendary SP Balasubramanyam (SPB).
I’m a big fan of Jonita’s voice, regardless of which language she sings in.
The Seductive and Sophisticated: Tang Wei (汤唯)
Tang Wei made her name in Ang Lee’s film Lust, Caution. Her soaring popularity in Korea was made possible by her collaboration with the Korean actor Won Bin in Late Autumn. She brings a refreshing face to the Chinese entertainment industry.
Tang Wei’s most recent comedy Finding Mr.Right (北京遇上西雅图) was mostly filmed in Vancouver.
The Quadruple Threat: Celina Jade (卢靖姗)
Celina Jade is a Chinese American actress, singer/songwriter, model and martial artist. If you watched the television series Arrow, you’d probably find her familiar. She played Shado and will continue her role this year. She started her music pursuit at the age of 14 and released her first self-written album in 2012. Her film works include Legendary Assassin 2008 and The Man with the Iron Fists 2012. Celina has modeled for Shu Uemura, Ponds, Citi Bank and Dreyer’s ice cream.
She has collaborated with two of my favourite actors: Stephen Amell from Arrow and Peter Ho, a Taiwanese-American actor/singer, raised in Taiwan and Canada. Keep an eye out for Celina in the next season of Arrow!
Celina Jade’s Website
The Rising Star: Katie Findlay
Katie Findlay was born in Windsor, Ontario. She is of Portuguese, Chinese, English and Scottish descent. I first noticed her on The CW’s television series The Carrie Diaries, the prequel to Sex and City, in which Kate plays the drama queen, Maggie Landers. She was also on the cast for the American crime drama television series The Killing as Rosie Larsen.
Watch Katie Findlay’s The Carrie Diaries interview on Youtube.