Why Xiu Jie Kai is #dadgoals

The actor’s delight in gushing about his daughters was evident during his interview with us

Why Xiu Jie Kai is #dadgoals
Why Xiu Jie Kai is #dadgoals
20 Apr 2017

Why Xiu Jie Kai is #dadgoals

Photos: Elis Ching, Xiu Jie Kai/Facebook
Video: Tan Shiqi

Taiwanese actor Xiu Jie Kai has been a busy man - apart from his busy work schedule, he’s also been juggling the job of full-time daddy to his daughters. His brood currently consists of eldest daughter Bubu, who turns 2 in August, Bobo, who just turned a month old, and 10-year-old Angelina, who is his wife Alyssa Chia’s daughter with her former husband Sun Zhihao.

Starting off the interview backstage during the Star Awards 2017 main award ceremony with his work, Jie Kai shared that he is currently still considering his next acting project, but noted that his only consideration would be “avoiding projects that require me to be working for extended periods of time, especially since my youngest girl was born not long ago.” This came as a surprise to us, but as he later explained to us, he’s as hands-on about parenting his children as his wife.

We then asked if his criteria for picking projects - especially those with intimate or violent scenes - has changed since he tied the knot and became a father. The actor paused for a moment before explaining that he doesn’t feel that his personal life affects his work,“My wife is also an actress, so she understands that the most important thing is for an actor to portray his role well,” he mused, explaining that while on set, everyone’s professionalism is the most important to doing a good job.

As for violent scenes, he chuckled, “I’d tell my daughters that I’ll only let them watch the drama or film when they are of age. I won’t avoid them, because I feel that as an actor, giving myself too many restrictions will be a pity. As long as there’s a good script, story and role, it’s something I should challenge myself to.”

With him giving so many answers that relate to his family, the conversation started to drift to his growing brood and wife, and Jie Kai’s eyes lit up considerably at the mention of them.“

Alyssa is recovering really well after giving birth,” he gushed. While his missus is still in confinement after giving birth to their second daughter, Bobo, on March 15, he let on that Bubu is currently in good hands despite him having to shuttle around for work.

Sharing that the two girls have met, he laughed, “Bubu finds Bobo a bit of a novelty and she’s not quite sure what to make of her little sister, so she’s still familiarising herself with Bobo.”

(Continued on next slide: Why Xiu Jie Kai thinks his parenting skills are second to none)

Why Xiu Jie Kai thinks his parenting skills are second to none
Why Xiu Jie Kai thinks his parenting skills are second to none
20 Apr 2017

Why Xiu Jie Kai thinks his parenting skills are second to none

Even at the grand old age of a month old, the doting father has already spotted personality differences in the two girls.“

Bubu was more curious as a child. She’d open her eyes wide and listen to the sounds around her, but Bobo is quieter and she doesn’t open her eyes to inspect her surroundings. She tends to be in her own little bubble and rest more. That’s what I can observe from her current behaviour,” he shared.

With Bubu entering her Terrible Twos, the 34-year-old sighed that she has become more active and talks a lot more. He revealed, “She’s really good at imitating people so we need to spend more time with her and bringing her out to learn about the world around her. She imitates the things we say, the tone we use and the actions we make.”

While it’s too early to tell if little Bubu has picked up the knack for acting from her parents, Jie Kai shared that both he and Alyssa will let their children decide on their own career paths in the future.

“I don’t think there’s a need for us to insist on her being an actress or to encourage her to enter showbiz, we will encourage her to discover what she likes on her own,” he explained, “I won’t encourage nor dissuade her from becoming an actress in the future; it all depends on where her interests lie.”

As for his parenting skills, he confidently declared that he gives himself 85 out of 100 when it comes to looking after the kids. “I can definitely handle my kids single-handedly,” he declared. “From the day they were born, I’ve been able to do everything for them - except for breastfeeding them, of course.”

He further displayed his dedication to his girls with one of his last statements. “I love making them happy the most. When we bring them out, they get to see new things and seeing their happy faces makes me really happy,” he smiled.

If that isn’t what the Koreans call a daughter pabo (a dad who will do anything for his daughter), we don’t know what is.

We’ve compiled a list of Xiu Jie Kai’s cutest moments with his daughters – click on to find your favourite out of the lot.

When he attended Coldplay’s gig with Angeline
When he attended Coldplay’s gig with Angeline
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When he attended Coldplay’s gig with Angeline

When he gets matchy matchy with Bubu
When he gets matchy matchy with Bubu
20 Apr 2017

When he gets matchy matchy with Bubu

Couple items are so passé – just ask Xiu Jie Kai. He’s often spotted in matching father-daughter kicks as Bubu, and judging by this picture, the shoes seem comfortable enough for her to get up to her usual antics.

When he explores the great outdoors with Bubu
When he explores the great outdoors with Bubu
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When he explores the great outdoors with Bubu

Given that Jie Kai is a public figure, we’re sure that that fans will spot the actor when he’s out and about with his little ones. That, however, doesn’t stop him from bringing his girls out on frequent excursions, even if it means he has to put on shades and a cap to try to mask his identity and protect his girls.

When he had a pajama party with his bros
When he had a pajama party with his bros
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When he had a pajama party with his bros

Now this is a pajama party that we’d loved to have witnessed – Jie Kai, along with Ou Di and Johnny Yang gathered with their daughters to have what we reckon was a fun-filled night. We wonder what their wives got up to while this was going on.

When the family celebrated Halloween together
When the family celebrated Halloween together
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When the family celebrated Halloween together

Last October, Bubu got dressed up as a pumpkin (at least, that’s what a pumpkin with a witch hat would look like), and while the rest of the family’s outfits weren’t quite recognisable, we’re sure that they had a blast. We wonder what Bobo will be dressed up as this year.

When Angeline was part of their baby announcement
When Angeline was part of their baby announcement
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When Angeline was part of their baby announcement

In May 2015, Jie Kai announced on his social media platforms that Alyssa was pregnant with their first child. As it turns out, they also had Angeline to be part of the announcement photo, which is a sure sign that the little girl isn’t left out when it comes to being part of the family.

When he threw an OTT birthday celebration for Bubu
When he threw an OTT birthday celebration for Bubu
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When he threw an OTT birthday celebration for Bubu

No expense was spared in throwing Bubu her first birthday party, and while the little girl probably wasn’t quite impressed by the number of people fawning over her, she looked pretty into that huge cake that was almost as big as she was.

When he took over baby feeding duties
When he took over baby feeding duties
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When he took over baby feeding duties

As any new mother would be able to tell you, looking after a baby is hard work. Jie Kai looked oh-so-professional feeding Bubu with a bottle, which reinforced his point that he can single-handedly look after his girls.

When he instills good personal hygiene skills from a young age
When he instills good personal hygiene skills from a young age
20 Apr 2017

When he instills good personal hygiene skills from a young age

Hey, you’re never too young to start learning about the importance about brushing your teeth, right?

When he can’t get enough of Bubu
When he can’t get enough of Bubu
20 Apr 2017

When he can’t get enough of Bubu

WATCH: Is Xiu Jie Kai against his daughter entering showbiz?

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