After months of speculation and paparazzi hounding, Mark Chao confirmed today during the press conference for the China release of Black & White the movie that he is indeed dating famed C-actress Gao Yuan Yuan. Mark, you sly dog, how’d you get such a gorgeous and talented lady? Ha ha, I’m totally kidding, though I’m happy to report that the relationship is quite serious, plus she’s older than him by five years so this gives hope to all those noona-dongsaeng romance dreams. The press is speculating nuptials within two years, especially since word is that the couple is madly in love and extremely compatible. They first met on the set of Director Zhang Yimou‘s latest movie, and apparently has been dating since late last year. When rumored ex-girlfriend Janine Chang was asked about this breaking new couple news, she wished Mark well and complimented Gao Yuan Yuan as being lovely. So the Black & White couple is not meant to be, but I hope Mark and Yuan Yuan go all the way. I’m a sucker for happy endings.
To get confirmation of this budding new relationship, apparently the media staked itself out of Mark’s hotel where he was filming his latest movie. It caught Gao Yuan Yuan staying there for five days, though the couple was never filmed together. I’m guessing its quite serious if Mark will confirm it, since to this day he denies he ever dated Janine (despite all his buddies leaking it left and right). Those who recently started watching C-dramas probably aren’t familiar with Yuan Yuan since she’s not done a drama in five or six years. She’s only movies these days, and as an actress her clout rivals that of Zhou Xun and Zhao Wei. She even has a Korean connection, with my I Lub You no less. Back in 2009, she did an art house movie with Jung Woo Sung called A Good Rain. Below are some pictures they shot for Vogue when promoting the movie. Mark has made it clear he wants to settle down before he’s thirty, so that gives him two years to put a ring on his lady.