I love Ethan Ruan but personally find his career trajectory a good thing for him but not so much for me. It was his drama works that made me a fan but he’s been exclusively movies for the last few years and none are works I consider fun stuff to watch. It’s award-winning to be sure, such as his fierce raw performance in Monga which netted him the Golden Horse Best Actor award, and now that he’s back from the army for a year he’s done two movies but no dramas on the horizon. Funnily enough, his biggest drama hit Fated to Love You is currently getting a K-remake and Jang Hyuk is doing a whole different take on the same male lead. That’s both a boon for drama fans to get something new rather than a retread, and a bit comforting that I won’t be needing to weigh two actors I adore against each other.
Ji Cun Xi is all Ethan in his young brash glory while Lee Gun is an oddity that Jang Hyuk makes fascinating without coming across nearly as self-absorbed. Ethan was recently featured on the cover of Yes Magazine and here are the slightly offbeat pictures that somehow suits him. I don’t even blink him eye to see him cuddling a white marble dog statute. He was asked about how odd that he became an idol when his real life doesn’t fit any of the requirements – he has publicly had a girlfriend in Tiffany Hsu for the last seven years shortly after his debut, he often shoots off in interviews, and he’s confessed to being a terrible role model since he likes playing video games and goofing around. The magazine article posits that Ethan’s charisma and his idiosyncrasies are exactly what makes him the idol for this generation of entertainment fans.