Celeb crushin’: Dai Xiangyu

It’s time once again to swoon over our star hottie pick of the week

It’s time once again to swoon over our star hottie pick of the week
It’s time once again to swoon over our star hottie pick of the week
28 Apr 2015

It’s time once again to swoon over our star hottie pick of the week

Better known locally as Dai Yang Tian before officially changing his name in 2013, Dai Xiangyu is a familiar face to many local viewers after numerous drama appearances from 2008 to 2012.

The Chinese native was talent spotted while in Shanghai and the rest, as they say, is history. The Little Nyonya, Together and Poetic Justice are just a handful of the dramas he worked on during his five years here. He was nominated twice for the Best Actor awards and once for Best Supporting Actor during the annual Star Awards – alas, he has yet to go home with an acting award on our shores.

Starring opposite some of the biggest names in MediaCorp, he has worked with actresses such as Jeanette Aw and Rui En before he packed his bags to expand his career beyond our sunny shores.

With him expressing his wish to act in a local drama, we have our fingers crossed that he’ll have a reason to be at our Star Awards next year; but for now, here’s a look at some of our favourite local dramas he has participated in.

Taste of Love (2008)
Taste of Love (2008)
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Taste of Love (2008)

Also known as the first time Xiangyu graced our local airwaves, the feel-good drama, which revolved around cooking, also starred Dawn Yeoh, Michelle Chia, Chen Hanwei and Candice Liu.

While this was his first role in a MediaCorp drama, his good looks quickly captured the attention and hearts across the island, quickly earning him a legion of dedicated fans. While his starring role was notable, he was still relatively unknown to the majority of local viewers until he took on his next role (as mentioned on the next slide), which also became his local big break.

The Little Nyonya (2008)
The Little Nyonya (2008)
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The Little Nyonya (2008)

In his breakout role, Xiangyu played Yamamoto Yousuke, a Japanese photographer who fell in love with Peranakan Juxiang (Jeanette Aw) and tied the knot after overcoming numerous obstacles in their lives.

Earning his first nod at the Star Awards with his Best Supporting Actor nomination, he was eventually edged out by Chew Chor Meng for his role in The Golden Path. The Little Nyonya was such a hit that it was one of the most heavily represented dramas that year – the Best Supporting Actor nominees included four actors for their roles in the drama alone.

Together (2010)
Together (2010)
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Together (2010)

The year-end blockbuster drama brought together the writer and several cast members from The Little Nyonya a year after the latter first aired. The golden pairing of Jeanette and Xiangyu made another appearance as the childhood friends who, after many twists in the road, ended up as husband and wife.

His role as the happy-go-lucky turned drug addict turned good (as we said, there were many twists and turns in the plot) earned him his first Best Actor nomination at the 2010 Star Awards – alas, he was beaten to it by Chen Hanwei for his role in Daddy at Home. Together, however, went on to clinch the Best Drama Serial.

Breakout (2010)
Breakout (2010)
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Breakout (2010)

This drama was the first time Xiangyu broke out of his goody-two shoes image and played a villain who justified his actions all in the name of love. This time, he played the older brother to Jeanette’s character and both siblings aided their villainous father, played by Guo Liang, in executing his nefarious deeds.

We were thrilled to see him put aside his usual lighter, fluffier roles and take on the challenge of playing the bad guy for the first time. Back then, he explained his character as someone who would do anything for the ones he loves – his family. His ruthless attitude was more of protecting the ones he loves than to prove himself as the biggest, baddest meanie around.

Poetic Justice (2012)
Poetic Justice (2012)
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Poetic Justice (2012)

Also known as the last time we would see him on our local airwaves; this was also the first time Xiangyu was paired up with Caldecott darling Rui En. The drama, which revolved around investigative journalism, was his second in 2012 following The Quarters.

The actor took a break from local dramas in between 2010 and 2012 to head back to China. It was a bittersweet moment for fans as Poetic Justice would be his last before he spread his wings and expanded on his career in China and beyond.

Here’s to hoping that he will be able to add on to his second Star Awards Best Actor nomination next year – and maybe this time, he’ll walk home with a gleaming trophy in hand to welcome him back.

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