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Ethan Juan

Ethan Ruan / Ethan Juan
Chinese name 阮經天 (traditional)
Chinese name 阮经天 (simplified)
Pinyin Ruǎn Jīngtiān (Mandarin)
Origin Republic of China (Taiwan)
Born (1982-11-08) November 8, 1982
Taichung, Taiwan
Other name(s) Ethan Ruan
Juan Ching-Tien
Ruan Jing-Tian
Occupation Model, Actor

Ethan Juan (traditional Chinese: 阮經天; simplified Chinese: 阮经天; pinyin: Ruǎn Jīngtiān; Wade–Giles: Juan Ching-t'ien) was born on 8 November 1982. He is a Taiwanese actor and model. He is sometimes credited as Juan Ching-Tien or Ruan Jing-Tian. His nicknames include Xiao Tian (小天), Si Xiao Hai (死小孩), Ruan 7 Tian (阮7天), Ruan GING Tian (阮GING天). He rose to prominence in the Taiwanese drama Fated To Love You, and is the 2010 Best Leading Actor winner of the 47th Golden Horse Awards for his role in Monga.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Acting career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Television series 4
  • Films 5
  • Awards 6
  • Music videos 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Ruan grew up in Taichung, Taiwan. He comes from a military family. His family includes his father, mother, and little brother. As a competitive swimmer in his early years, Juan's numerous achievements and awards (including first place at the Taichung City Duathlon) gained him admission into the highly prestigious National Taichung First Senior High School. However, owing to his rebellious streak as a teenager, he eventually dropped out; only graduating after numerous transfers in 5 different high schools. Thereafter, he held several part-time jobs. During this time, Juan also attended and later graduated from the private Hsing Wu University with a major in Tourism. It was in 2002 when he accompanied a friend to an audition that he was discovered by the talent agency and began his first showbiz career starring in Penny Tai's Once Fell In Love (愛過) MV.[2] Juan was a full-time model before turning to acting.[3]

Acting career

Juan began his career in the entertainment industry with Catwalk Modelling Agency. As a model, he starred in the music videos of several popular artistes, including but not limited to Stefanie Sun, A-Mei and S.H.E. He also made his debut in the acting scene with Michael the Archangel's Dance, co-starring with Taiwanese boyband Energy. Subsequently, Juan took on other dramas such as Green Forest, My Home and Summer X Summer.

However, despite proving promising, Juan's career failed to take off. He made an average of NT$200,000 per year, a measly amount hardly enough for anyone to live comfortably in Taipei. As a result, he had his electric and water supplies cut off many times. It was only with his lead role as Ji Cunxi in 2008 Idol Drama Fated to Love You that he gained popularity. This drama hence marked the turning point in Juan's career, as he increasingly gained recognition for his acting skills.

Juan's winning of Best Male Lead at the 47th Golden Horse Awards based on his role as "Monk" in Monga further served as strong testament to his acting skills. After receiving the award, he experienced a considerable increase in status and attention, receiving numerous film invitations from prominent directors.

Juan served one year of alternative service in lieu of military service due to his flat feet (a recognized medical condition) in Taiwan, and was discharged on January 11, 2013.[4] During his post at the Ministry of Education in New Taipei City, he received a monthly salary of NT$9,955.[5] After his release from military service, Juan's over ten year long contract has also expired with Catwalk. On March 5, 2013, Juan announced with Doze Niu and Lee Lieh (李烈) that they will open their own talent management agency together.

Personal life

Juan is currently dating Tiffany Hsu. Juan revealed that he first saw Hsu on TV and thought she was the prettiest thing he had ever laid eyes on. Then he met her at a photo shoot when he went to visit some model friends of his.[6] Hsu's first impression of Juan was a player who picks up pretty girls left and right, so Juan had to work hard before winning Hsu's heart. They had an underground relationship for three months before they were first spotted publicly dating in August 2007 while vacationing at a beach in Kenting,[7] though at the time they have denied the relationship and only call each other as just good friends.[8] In early 2008, they were rumored to be living together[9] and reporters have continuously spotted Hsu staying over at Juan's home,[10] but both parties do not officially admit to co-habiting until 2012 during an interview with Hsu while Juan was away serving a year of mandatory military service.[11] The couple revealed two years ago that they planned to marry in 2014, and last year, both even said that they “could get married any time”.[12]

Television series

Year Chinese Title English Title Role Character
2004 米迦勒之舞 Michael the Archangel's Dance Supporting Ghost
2005 綠光森林 Green Forest, My Home 2nd male lead Owen (靳歐文)
2006 花樣少年少女 Hanazakarino Kimitachihe Supporting Shen Le (申樂)
2007 熱情仲夏 Summer x Summer Supporting Qiao Shan (周喬杉)
我在墾丁*天氣晴 Wayward Kenting 2nd male lead Shao Nan (郭紹南)
2008 命中注定我愛你 Fated to Love You Male lead Ji Cun Xi (紀存希)
無敵珊寶妹 Invincible Shan Bao Mei cameo Ji Cun Xi (紀存希)
2009 敗犬女王 My Queen Male lead Lucas (盧卡斯)


Year English Title Chinese Title Role Remarks
2006 Exit No. 6 六號出口 Vance
2007 Brotherhood of Legio 神選者
2008 ORZboyz 囧男孩 長大後的 騙子二號 Guest Star
2009 L-O-V-E 愛到底 小天 Lucky chapter (幸運)
2009 New Boy Jiali
2010 Monga 艋舺 Monk 和尚(何天佑) Awarded 2010 Best Leading Actor - 47th Golden Horse Awards
2012 LOVE 小寬
2012 The Guillotines 血滴子
2013 The Assassin 聶隱娘 夏靖 Cameo/Guest appearance Post-production, In theaters 2015
2013 Paradise in Service 軍中樂園 小宝 In theaters September 5, 2014
2014 Shanghai Noir 包打探手记之铁血兵团 范如一 In theaters November, 2014
2014 Girl Friends

[13] [14]


Film and TV Awards:

47th Golden Horse Awards Winner - Best Actor - Ethan Ruan - Monga

2011 Asian Film Awards Nominee - Best Actor - Ethan Ruan - Monga

2008 QQ Entertainment Awards Winner - Best TV Actor (HK, TW) - Ethan Ruan

2011 Chinese Film Media Awards Nominee - Favorite Actor - Ethan Ruan - Monga

Music videos


  1. ^ Nominees & Winners-Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Retrieved 2010-12-23
  2. ^ "'阮经天 Profile'".  
  3. ^ "'Ethan Ruan Jing Tian 阮經天 Profile'".  
  4. ^ "Ethan Ruan enlists for military service". Xin MSN Entertainment. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ethan Ruan to receive monthly pay of S$428". Xin MSN Entertainment. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "'Ethan Ruan Almost Done with Military Service and Wants to Settle Down by 2014'".  
  7. ^ "'Ethan Ruan and Tiffany Hsu Deny Korean Actress Damaged Relationship'".  
  8. ^ "'Ethan Ruan JingTian Surfs and Flirts With Rumored Girlfriend; Tiffany Hsu WeiNing Is Spotted Wearing Suspected Birth Control Patch'".  
  9. ^ "'Chen Qiao En, Ethan Ruan and Baron Chen promotes Fated To Love You in Hong Kong'".  
  10. ^ "'Ethan Ruan & Tiffany Hsu appear to be living together'".  
  11. ^ "'Love Before with Tiffany Hsu and Chris Wang Release Sweet Funny Teaser'".  
  12. ^ "'Did Ethan Ruan and Tiffany Hsu marry in secret?'".  
  13. ^ "Ethan Juan". Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Ethan Ruan". Retrieved March 4, 2010. 

External links

  • Catwalk Model Agency
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