A seventeen year old Bolin Chen 陳柏霖 and a seventeen year old Kwai Lun Mei 桂綸鎂, during the summer of that year, made a movie. After finishing filming, they went along with director Yee Chih-yen to the Tokyo Film Festival wearing t-shirts and undone hair. At the time, they thought this experience was just a wonderful summer memory, but they did not know that this movie would change their whole future. Ten years later, they have become the film industry’s two of the most resounding names of this generation.
Bolin Chen and Kwai Lun Mei have reunited for this Marie Claire March 2015 photo shoot. After starring in Blue Gate Crossing, Bolin witnessed his popularity skyrocket after playing Li Da Ren in In Time With You, opposite Ariel Lin. Meanwhile, Kwai Lun Mei has found critical acclaim for her various performances and has worked with a wide range of directors. Her noteworthy roles include Secret, Gf*Bf (which she won the Golden Horse Best Actress Award for), and Black Coal, Thin Ice (which won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival).
“I remember the heat, the director was intimidating, and Xiao Mei [Kwai Lun Mei] kept getting mad because of her character’s personality. The atmosphere was like this the entire summer. I didn’t understand how a movie was filmed, I basically had no idea. I just followed whatever the director told me to do. I only thought that there was a lot of people and that the sun was glaring but I had to open my eyes to say my lines,” he said.
“Actors are very passive. When I was young, a lot of people asked me to star in their movies. Through acting experience, I slowly found my own rhythm. After a long time, I wanted to be a serious actor. Acting and writing do not conflict with each other. I can enjoy this. And I am already fortunate to have this as my profession. My favorite thing about movies is that there are no rules because the roles are my own creation. I can escape myself. I don’t have to consider what kind of person Bolin Chen is and what image exists, because the role only becomes alive after the photographer starts filming.”
As for his popular character Li Da Ren, Bolin stated, “Originally it was because my grandmother wanted to see me on tv. I saw the script was good and accepted the job. It was a simple motive. I didn’t expect everyone to be so fond of it.”
After the drama In Time With You became a big commotion and cultural phenomenon in Taiwan, he won the Golden Bell Award for Best Actor. It is regarded as one of the best Taiwanese romantic series now. “I think it’s very rare for actors to have one lasting and memorable role. [I am fortunate] to have two.”