This interview with Taiwanese actor Chang Chen was fraught with difficulties from the start. First, the schedule was ridiculously tight — it was right after an 11-hour-long flight from Berlin, where I conducted an earlier interview. I was crossing my fingers in hope that there would be no more hiccups — up in the air and on the roads — or missing baggage.
Then, I was informed that Chang had another appointment to rush off to. (The text message from the styling crew: "Please hurry. ZZ has to leave at 6pm sharp." ZZ refers to Chang’s name in Mandarin.)
The 36-year-old Chang has been in showbiz since he was picked to act in Something Borrowed at the tender age of 4. While that might make him already a veteran in showbiz, and fodder for gossip, there are rarely negative reports about him, other than those about his relationships. (He allegedly ended a six-year relationship with Taiwanese artiste Jozie Lu with a postcard. Then, there is his on-again off-again ties with sultry actress Shu Qi.) He has never committed drunken misdemeanours or been involved in sordid sexcapades with female models and/or starlets — salacious staples for Taiwanese gossip magazines. His appearances in the media are limited to cameos in the entertainment pages. And that’s because he has a healthy film output — an average of two per year.