Vanness Wu (born on August 7, 1978) is an American actor, singer, director, and producer.
Wu was born in Santa Monica, California and lived in Newport Beach in his mid-to-late teens. He made his move to Taiwan at the early age of 21 to "search for more to life".
Wu starred as Mei Zuo (美作), one of the F4 members, in the Taiwanese drama series Meteor Garden. At the conclusion of the series, they continued to perform together and released three studio albums as the boy band F4. Before the series, he studied performance arts and acting classes in Hollywood, and became a polyglot fluent in Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, and Spanish, as well as English and Mandarin. In 2002, Wu was the second F4 member, after Vic Chou, to release his debut solo album, Body Will Sing. The track, "我討厭我自己" (I Hate Myself) is listed at number 95 on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (Hit-Fm年度百首單曲) for 2002. The album was awarded 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.
He has collaborated with Korean singer Kangta to produce one album, Scandal and is featured on singles by Beyoncé and Coco Lee. Wu has directed two music videos from his second album V.DUBB, as well as a video for Nike's "This is Love" campaign in Hong Kong. He was also the executive producer, along with Terry Tye Lee, on the Nike track "She's Not Sorry." In addition, Wu has collaborated with other Chinese artists including Wang Lee Hom and made an appearance in Wang's music video for "Ai cuo." Opened up and performed alongside with Kanye West, for his Glow In The Dark Tour in Shang Hai.
Wu has appeared in several Taiwanese dramas both with and without other members of F4, and has starred in three motion pictures. In 2009, Vanness performed in Autumn's Concerto, which is one of the highest rating Taiwanese Idol Drama
Wu's third Chinese solo album C'est La "V" was released July 2011 under Universal Music Taiwan. It features international artistes such as Vic Chou from F4, Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, and Knockin' was written by Bruno Mars and Justin Michael.
Besides directing, producing, acting, and singing, Wu is also the creator/designer of his own jewelry line 3.V.O.7. and the creative director of Reebok (greater China division).
Wu married longtime girlfriend, Singaporean heiress and entrepreneur Arissa Cheo in November 15, 2013.
live-action adaptation of Japanese manga, Boys Over Flowers
Mei Zuo's Chapter
Meteor Garden II
live-action adaptation of Japanese manga Peach Girl
Come To My Place
live-action adaptation of Japanese manga "Uchi ni Oideyo" by Hidenori Hara
Say Yes Enterprise
Song Zhen Kai
Story 01: Cinderella
Wish to See You Again
Ren Guang Xi
Year Of The Rain
Ah Huang's cousin
guest star and executive producer
Cai Jia Hao
Ti Amo Chocolate
Fang Jia Hua
Jiangsu TV "Stars in Danger: The High Dive"
Diving variety show. Qualified into finals
Asia's Got Talent
The Kumite (Canada, USA)
film debut, nominated: Hong Kong Film Awards, best new artist
Dragon Heat (USA)
Officer Wang Sun-Ho
Kung Fu Fighter
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon
Dr. Grisworld (English voice acting)
Kung Fu Chefs
Lung Kin Yat/Ryu Ken'ichi
The Haunting Lover
Christianity In New Asia
Himself (exclusive interview)
The Road Less Travelled
Produced by Smash and Grab (co-founded by Van Ness)
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