Vanness Wu

Vanness Wu (simplified Chinese: 吴建豪; traditional Chinese: 吳建豪; pinyin: Wú Jiànháo; born August 7, 1978) is a Taiwanese-American actor, entertainer, singer, director, and producer. He is a member of the Taiwanese boyband F4 and the Korean Mandopop duo Kangta & Vanness.

Vanness Wu
Wu at the Joyful Family Music Event in 2012
Born (1978-08-07) August 7, 1978
Santa Monica, California, United States
ResidenceTaiwan
EducationUniversity High School
Occupation
  • singer
  • actor
  • dancer
  • director
  • producer
  • model
  • songwriter
  • spokesperson
Years active2000–present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese吳建豪
Simplified Chinese吴建豪
Musical career
OriginTaiwan
Genres
Labels
Associated acts
WebsiteVanness Wu on Facebook

Early life

Wu was born in Santa Monica, California, and lived in Newport Beach in his mid-to-late teens. After graduating from Corona Del Mar High School, he worked as a telemarketer before moving to Taiwan at the early age of 21 to "search for a life with more meaning".

Wu studied performance arts and acting classes in Hollywood and is fluent in Cantonese and Spanish as well as English, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese.

Career

Early career with F4

Wu starred as Mei Zuo (美作), one of the F4 members, in the Taiwanese drama series Meteor Garden and its sequel, Meteor Garden II. At the conclusion of the series, they continued to perform together and released three studio albums as the boy band F4. In 2002, Wu became the second F4 member, after Vic Chou, to release his debut solo album, Body Will Sing. The track, "I Hate Myself" is listed at number 95 on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart for 2002.[1] The album was awarded as one of the "Top 10 Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year" at the 2002 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards, presented by the Hong Kong branch of IFPI.[2]

In 2003, he was featured on Beyoncé's single "Crazy in Love", featured on her album Dangerously in Love.

In 2004, Wu made his film debut in the Hong Kong film Star Runner and was nominated at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Newcomer.

In 2006, he collaborated with Korean singer Kangta, forming Kangta & Vanness. The duo released the album Scandal.

In 2008, Wu was announced as the opening act for Kanye West's "Glow in the Dark" concert in Shanghai.[3]

Solo career success

Wu has appeared in several Taiwanese dramas as well as motion pictures. In 2009, he starred in Autumn's Concerto, one of the highest-rated Taiwanese idol drama. He also released his first Japanese single "Only", which entered Top 10 of the Oricon Chart, as well as another single "I don't wanna lose you".

In 2010, Wu became the executive producer for the television series Year of the Rain.

Wu's third Chinese solo album C'est La V was released July 2011 under Universal Music Taiwan. It features collaborations with international artistes such as Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, as well as Bruno Mars and Justin Michael who wrote the track "Knockin".

Besides directing, producing, acting, and singing, Wu is also the creator/designer of his own jewelry line 3.V.O.7. He is also the creative director of Reebok (greater China division).

In 2012, Wu won the "Best Crossover Singer" at the 16th Chinese Global Music Charts.

In 2013, Wu joined Jiangsu TV's diving variety show Stars in Danger: The High Dive, and won the silver medal.

In January 2015, Wu was announced to be one of the judges of the talent show Asia's Got Talent, along with Indonesian-French singer Anggun, Canadian musician David Foster, and former Spice Girls member Melanie C, which aired from March to May on AXN Asia.[4]

In July 2015, Wu returned to the Philippines after a decade of his first visit for the special show for the #LiveinLevis event sponsored by Levi's in line with the launch of the Women's Denim Collection for Fall 2015. Wu's performance was a way of thanking the brand's fans and style seekers.[5][6]

In 2016, it was announced that Wu will star in his first Chinese television series The Princess Weiyoung alongside Tiffany Tang, as well as the science fiction film Pili Back.

Personal life

On November 15, 2013, Wu married his longtime girlfriend, Singaporean heiress and entrepreneur Arissa Cheo, in Los Angeles.[7]

However, on June 20, 2018, they both decided to get a divorce after 5 years of marriage.

Filmography

Television

YearEnglish TitleChinese TitleRoleNotes
2001Meteor Garden流星花園Mei Zuolive-action adaptation of Japanese manga, Boys Over Flowers
Meteor Rain流星雨Mei ZuoMei Zuo's Chapter
Peach Girl蜜桃女孩Ah Lilive-action adaptation of Japanese manga Peach Girl
2002Meteor Garden II流星花園2Mei Zuo
Come to mMy Place來我家吧JJlive-action adaptation of Japanese manga Uchi ni Oideyo by Hidenori Hara
2004Say Yes Enterprise求婚事務所Song ZhenkaiStory 01: Cinderella
2008Wish to See You Again這裡發現愛Leo
2009Autumn's Concerto下一站,幸福Ren Guangxi
2010Year of the Rain那年,雨不停國Ah Huang's cousinGuest star/Executive producer
2011Material Queen拜金女王Cai Jiahao
2012Ti Amo Chocolate愛上巧克力Fang Jiahua
2013Stars in Danger: The High Dive星跳水立方HimselfDiving variety show. Qualified into finals
2015Asia's Got TalentHimselfJudge (Season 1)
2016The Amazing Race China 3极速前进第三季HimselfWith sister Melody
The Princess Weiyoung锦绣未央Tuoba Yu[8]
2018Love Won't Wait如果,爱Song Qiaozhi[9]

Film

Year Title Alternate Role Notes
2003Star Runner少年阿虎
The Kumite (Canada, USA)
Bond Cheung (Zheng Jianbang)film debut
Nominated: Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Newcomer
2005Dragon Squad猛龍
Dragon Heat (USA)
Wang Sun-ho
2006Cars汽車總動員Lightning McQueenVoice-acting, Taiwanese version only
2007Kung Fu Fighter功夫無敵Ma Li
2008Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon三國之見龍卸甲Guan Xing
2009LaMBDr. Jack GriswoldEnglish voice-acting
Kung Fu Chefs功夫廚神Long Jianyi
2010The Haunting Lover借室還魂Liang Guang
1040 MovieHimselfExclusive interview
2011The Road Less Traveled樂之路MikeProduced by Smash and Grab (co-founded by Vaness)
2012Baseballove球愛天空Lin Chenghui
2013Machi Action變身Cameo appearance
2014Girls閨蜜Sky (Jiu Tian)
2015Dragon Blade天將雄獅Cameo appearance
Monk Comes Down the Mountain道士下山Cui Daorong
2016Lulu The Movie露露的电影HimselfExclusive interview
2017A-Choo打噴嚏alternative title My Lover is a Superman (我的情敌是超人)
Pili Back霹雳再现
2019Ip Man 4

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Discography

Studio album

Album#TitleTrack ListNotes
1stBody Will Sing (身體會唱歌)
  1. 序曲 (Intro)
  2. 尋找茱麗葉 (Searching for Juliet)
  3. My Friend
  4. 我討厭我自己 (I Hate Myself)
  5. 身體會唱歌 (Body Will Sing)
  6. 寂寞廣場 (Lonely Square)
  7. Sick
  8. 想像十個你 (Imagine Ten of You)
  9. 那個女生 (That Girl)
  10. 午夜場的電影 (Midnight Movie)
  11. 因為太愛你 (Because I love you too much)
  12. Can't Help Falling in Love (by F4)
"CD + CD Extra" version also featured "Ask for More" by F4
2ndV.DUBB
  1. 我的王國 (My Kingdom)
  2. Never Let You Go
  3. 放手 (Let Go)
  4. Just One Dance
  5. Friday Night
  6. 幻想這愛 (Wanna Love Somebody)
  7. 零時差 (In Sync)
  8. 媽媽 (Mama)
  9. 如果 (If)
  10. Eternity
  11. 幻想這愛 (Wanna Love Somebody) (House Remix) (Cantonese Version)
Japanese release featured a Japanese version of "Wanna Love Somebody" as Track 11, plus a Japanese version of "Wanna Love Somebody (Justin Michael Remix)" as Track 12
3rdIn Between (New + Best Selection)
  1. 我不是自己 (I Am Not Myself) [New song]
  2. Lucky Me [New song]
  3. 自己的節奏 (My Own Pace) [New song]
  4. 我討厭我自己 (I Hate Myself)
  5. 午夜場的電影 (Midnight Movie)
  6. 零時差 (Zero Time Adjustment)
  7. 尋找茱麗葉 (Searching For Juliet)
  8. 我的王國 (My Kingdom)
  9. 放手 (Let Go)
  10. 想像十個你 (Imagining Ten Of You)
  11. Never Let You Go
  12. Listen to Your Heart
  13. 誰讓妳流淚 (Who Made You Cry)
  14. 因為太愛你 (Because I love you too much)
  15. 媽媽 (Mother)
4thReflections
  • Released February 3, 2010
  • Language: Japanese
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Format: Studio album (CD)
  • Genre: J-pop
  1. Hyper Car
  2. Kodoku
  3. Stuck on U
  4. Reason
  5. Purple Rain
  6. I Don't Wanna Lose You
  7. Only
  8. Super Model (English)
  9. Sail Away (English)
  10. Devil (English)
First Japanese album
5thV
  • Released April 27, 2011
  • Language: Japanese
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Format: Studio album (CD)
  • Genre: J-pop
  1. Break Out!
  2. Mission
  3. Why
  4. No More Tears
  5. Soldier
  6. Better
  7. Shine On (Plasmo` Electric Mix)
  8. Love Will Come
Second Japanese album

Better was written by Bruno Mars

6thC'est La V
  1. Intro
  2. 說愛就愛 (Love Faith Live)
  3. Is This All feat. Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic
  4. Do it feat. 仔仔
  5. 命定 (Destined)
  6. 有你在 (When You're Near)
  7. 只要她快樂 (Happiness)
  8. 愛的手榴彈 (Love Grenade)
  9. 愛沒走 (Don't Leave)
  10. 哎呀 (Aiya)
  11. 透明愛 (In The Limelight)
  12. Knockin' (English)
Knockin' was written and produced by Bruno Mars

有你在 was featured in TV Drama "Material Queen" Is This All was written and composed by Ryan Tedder, and was also the theme song from TV Drama "Material Queen".

7thDifferent Man
  1. V.A.N.N.E.S.S (Intro)
  2. 趁愛打劫 (Heart Thief)
  3. 愛裡面(feat.Enik Lin) (Inside Love)
  4. Different Man
  5. Love Overtime
  6. 讓我更愛我 (Beautiful)
  7. 真的明白 (Realized)
  8. 你怎麼知道 (How did you know)
  9. 改裝(feat.Flowsik) (Let It Go)
  10. LOV3
  11. 小婚禮(Marry Me)
  12. V.A.N.N.E.S.S (Outro)

Love Overtime is a tribute to Michael Jackson and Prince

8th#MWHYB
  1. #MWHYB: The Beginning
  2. BOOGIE
  3. IKYK (feat. 孟佳 Meng Jia)
  4. BASS GUN
  5. 屬於你和我之間的事 (Matters of You and I)
  6. 蹦蹦 (Jump Jump)
  7. 玻璃屋 (Glass House)
  8. 下一首情歌 (Next Love Song)
  9. 愛是你愛是我 (Love is Me, Love is You)
  10. Westside (feat. brandUN)
  11. #MWHYB

Singles

Single#TitleTrack List
1stOnly
  • Released May 20, 2009
  • Language: Japanese
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Format: Single (CD)
  • Genre: J-pop
  1. ONLY
  2. Cinderella
  3. Hello Super star
  4. ONLY (Instrumental)
  5. Cinderella (Instrumental)
  6. Hello Super star (Instrumental)
2ndI Don't Wanna Lose You
  • Released September 2, 2009
  • Language: Japanese
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Format: Single (CD)
  • Genre: J-pop
  1. I Don't Wanna Lose You
  2. KODOKU
  3. It's Your Girl
  4. I Don't Wanna Lose You (Instrumental)
  5. KODOKU (Instrumental)
  6. It's Your Girl (Instrumental)
3rdReason
  • Released January 20, 2010
  • Language: Japanese
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Format: Single (CD)
  • Genre: J-pop
  1. Reason
  2. Stuck on U
  3. Devil
  4. Reason (Instrumental)
  5. Stuck on U (Instrumental)
  6. Devil (Instrumental)
4thNo More Tears
  • Released July 21, 2010
  • Language: Japanese
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Format: Single (CD)
  • Genre: J-pop
  1. No more Tears
  2. That Girl
  3. Supafly
  4. No more Tears (Instrumental)
  5. That Girl (Instrumental)
  6. Supafly (Instrumental)
5thSoldier
  • Released September 21, 2010
  • Language: Japanese
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Format: Single (CD)
  • Genre: J-pop
  1. Soldier
  2. Shine on
  3. Better
  4. Soldier (Instrumental)
  5. Shine on (Instrumental)
  6. Better (Instrumental)
6thEndless Dance
  • Released March 7, 2012
  • Language: Japanese
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Format: Single (CD)
  • Genre: J-pop
  1. Endless Dance
  2. Every Moment
  3. Destiny
  4. Endless Dance (Instrumental)
  5. Every Moment (Instrumental)
  6. Destiny (Instrumental)

With Kangta and Vanness

  • 2006 – Scandal – Kangta & Vanness Collaboration

Other collaborations

Endorsements

See also

References

  1. (in Chinese) Hit-Fm年度百首單曲 2002 (#51 to 100) Retrieved 16 April 2011
  2. IFPI Hong Kong 2002 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards winners list Archived July 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 19 April 2011
  3. http://english.cri.cn/3086/2008/11/02/1221s420334.htm
  4. "'Asia's Got Talent' judges announced". The Philippine Star. January 15, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  5. Lejano, Don (August 1, 2015). "IN PHOTOS: F4's Van Ness Wu returns to Manila". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  6. Tantuco, Vernise (July 31, 2015). "IN PHOTOS: Vanness Wu performs in the Philippines". Rappler. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  7. Maclang, Jon Khristian (August 27, 2015). "Sibling Act: Elva Hsiao, Vaness Wu's Matters of the Heart". Yibada. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  8. 吴建豪加盟《锦绣未央》 饰演腹黑王爷拓跋余. Netease (in Chinese). October 20, 2015.
  9. 张柏芝霸气回归荧屏 携手吴建豪演绎《如果,爱》 (in Chinese). Sina Corp. May 8, 2017.
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