Before I watched Office Girls, I was one of the many Roy Qiu fans all aflutter that his upcoming leading lady Alice Ke seemed……bland. If he was a five course meal, I worried she’d be like white toast. But then OG started, and against all my preconceived notions of Alice as Ethan Ruan‘s forgettable dead girlfriend in My Queen, she completely won me over. She is like Ariel Lin, able to rein in her performance to bordering on understated and just sell the character without falling into a caricature of sorts.
Alice’s character Xing Ren in OG was so reactive and ordinary that she didn’t stand out, but in the world of overacting TW-actresses who sell the cute and play up their feminine charms, Alice is a breath of fresh air. I feel better just knowing she’s around now that so many other TW-actresses are gradually phasing out their drama roles for a movie career. For the May issue of Marie Claire Taiwan, Alice drops a lovely pictorial and films a TV spot for the magazine discussing her recently released poetry and photography book. As for her upcoming projects, word on the street is that Alice is coming back to a daily TW-drama being prepped by SETTV. I can’t wait!
Alice Ke for Marie Claire: