Located in Hengdian, China's answer to Hollywood, Hengdian World Studios (Hengdian World Studios) is marketed as the country's premier filmmaking location.
When I think of the set, I see a Qing Dynasty-clad guy with the smoke machine blazing.
There is a private studio downtown where lights are on, and the cameras are ready.
Mark Chao, an actor and model, is now the focus of this business.
Whenever Chao is speaking Mandarin, he exudes a youthful exuberance.
Now and again, Chao's easy laugh and slurred Chinese humor interrupt the conversation, just as in Asian reality shows featuring Chao.
Comparing him to someone who doesn't speak English, his demeanor softens, and his voice sounds more pleasant.
He's a natural at switching back and forth between the two languages.
Chao was born in Taipei, where he spent much of his childhood until coming to Canada in early adolescence.
Chao grew up in Canada and attended the University of Victoria, where he earned a business degree.
On the other hand, Chao began his career in the entertainment sector when he was just 25 years old.
His impressive resume has grown over the past decade, as he has been in several critically-acclaimed films and television shows.
I hope I've grown," he says.
When it comes to making decisions and living life, "I think I've gotten savvier."
To be a public figure, one must fulfill one's standards and those of one's team, production crews, and audience.
Actor Chao has chosen to focus on his trade rather than juggle various responsibilities as other celebrities do to enhance their careers.
Without a trace of embarrassment, he admits, "I can't play music, and I can't even dance."
When it comes to my work, I've finally found a method to express myself through acting.
Perhaps it's because his acting skills were found so fast in the first few years of his career.
"I believe that pleasure is a byproduct of achievement.
As long as you can claim with complete honesty that you're content, you've accomplished success."
Chao made his television debut in Black & White, a drama series that garnered him the Best Actor award at the 44th Golden Bell Awards, his first recognition.
Chao, who has had a long and successful career, portrayed Wu Ying Xiong, an aggressive officer in the series, and considers that to be his most memorable performance.
"I didn't realize how much I cared about the role until we finished filming," says the actor.
For a few months, I was still following Wu Ying Xiong's example.
As soon as I entered a restaurant, I would glance around for exits, assess my circumstances, and think, "I can take this man." "
After making light of the situation, he says, "I don't do it anymore, though."
When Eternal Love premiered in 2017, Chao became a household name among mainstream Netflix viewers, who had never heard of him before to that point.
His portrayal of a gorgeous male lead in a Chinese mythological tale was hailed with equally successful outcomes.
Chao was included on Forbes' annual China Celebrity 100 list in 2017 along with other luminaries of the business, making the series China's most-watched television series since its airing. "
There appears to be a trend in most of Chao's character-development endeavors, despite the very divergent roles he's taken on.
"I always question the director, 'Why do you believe I am fit for this role?'" he reveals.
How do I know what they see in me and how much of a likeness to the persona I'm portraying they see?
The connection is easier to create because of it."
Chao's ambitions, both professional and personal, are sincere.
The actor's enthusiasm and humility shine through while discussing his accomplishments.
Finding happiness at the heart of one's being is a deceptively simple undertaking that few can do, according to Chao.
In order to be considered a success, you must be able to claim that you are happy from the depths of your soul, from the bottom of your heart.
The way Chao's career is progressing, as well as the birth of his daughter last year, it clearly appears that he has attained the delights of satisfaction — if not the success of his description.
Giving is said to be the key to happiness, according to popular belief.
When you're making a charitable effort at the same time, it comes as no surprise to Chao.
Photosynthesis in plants is the inspiration for the Guang He Shi Ke initiative, which translates as a "comforting process" in Mandarin.
This is my unique approach to life," he says, describing the process as appreciating the beauty and warmth in our daily routines.
However, I believe that we can all see past the cacophony.
That's what the initiative is all about: finding and focusing on the things we cherish most."
A new topic is selected each year for the advertising campaign.
In 2019, Guang He Shi Ke launched its first public engagement centered on photosynthetic reading, which resulted in the donation of 10,000 books to children in need after being read for 10,000 hours.
Chao is clearly at the peak of his professional and personal life at this point.
Although he appears to be an ambitious man on the surface, this man is actually a sensitive and caring person.
According to the man, "I'm still a more conventional person."
It's my dream that I'll provide a reliable source of income and stability for my family.
That's my goal in marriage: constantly listening to my wife, no matter how frustrated she is or what she has to say.
First and most importantly, I want to be the one who is able to put my own sentiments aside so that I may better understand and empathize with her."
According to Chao, that is what makes the man.