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Megan Lai (simplified Chinese: 赖雅妍; traditional Chinese: 賴雅妍; pinyin: làiyǎyán; born 5 December 1979) is a Taiwanese actress and singer who is best known for Bromance, Miss Rose, Meteor Garden II and Mars.[1][2][3]

Megan Lai
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Megan Lai in 2008
Native name
賴雅妍
Born (1979-12-05) 5 December 1979 (age 39)
Yonghe, Taipei County (now New Taipei City)
Alma materShih Hsin University (bachelor)
Ming Chuan University (master)
OccupationActress, singer-songwriter, model, television host
Years active2000–present
Musical career
Also known asLai Ya-yan
GenresMandopop
InstrumentsVocals, Piano

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Life and careerEdit

Early life and educationEdit

Lai was born on December 5, 1979 in Yonghe, Taipei County. She is the youngest of two daughters. Her father operates a Chinese medicinal herb shop, and her older sister is a teacher.

Lai is left-handed, and is able to produce handwritten mirror text, in addition to normal writing with her right hand. As a result, she often has difficulty distinguishing left from right.

Lai graduated from Taipei Municipal Datong High School, where she was the President of her school's pop dance club. Lai completed her Bachelor's degree in Information Communications at Shih Hsin University. In 2008, she enrolled as a part-time learner in Ming Chuan University. She graduated in 2011 with a Master of Arts in Design management.

Lai is also licensed barista, having attained her barista certificate in 2016.[4]

CareerEdit

Career beginningsEdit

In 1999, Lai made her first television appearance on the Taiwanese variety show Guess in the segment "Do not judge a book by it's cover", where she was a contestant along with Hebe Tien of girl group S.H.E, amongst others.[5] She was later scouted by a modelling agency, where she started her career modelling for magazine pictorials, television advertisements, music video productions and fashion shows.

In 2002, Lai was scouted by notable television producer Angie Chai after appearing in Vic Chou's music video[6], thereby making her television debut in Meteor Garden II alongside Barbie Hsu and F4.

In December 2004, Lai released her first studio album, Love, which featured soundtracks from the television series' Mars and Starry Night, in which Lai also starred in. She also participated in the lyrics composition for the songs “Feeling You” and “The Hardest Note”.

In 2005, Lai starred in the short film How's Life, and was nominated for the Golden Bell Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film, as well as the Best New Performer award at the 42nd Golden Horse Awards.[7] The same year, Lai published her first book.

In 2006, Lai was nominated for the Best Actress award at the 51st Asia-Pacific Film Festival for her leading roles in How's Life and Chocolate Rap.

Transition into leading rolesEdit

In 2008, Lai was cast in the period drama Time Story, which reminisced lifestyle in 1960s Taiwan until the 1990s. The drama ended its run in February 2009 to good audience acclaim, and Lai propelled to fame with her role as the tragic Wang Chien-chien.

In 2009, Lai starred alongside veteran actor Lee Li-chun in her first theater performance. Lai has expressed her love her performing on stage, and has since participated in at least one theater production every year.

In 2010, Lai appeared alongside Baron Chen, Lego Lee and Chie Tanaka in the drama Because of You. This marked Lai's first role as the female lead actress in a television series, after starring in numerous popular dramas as the second female lead actress.

Upon graduating with a Master of Arts in January 2011, Lai was cast in the police crime drama Next Heroes. Filming began in the same month, and only commenced its broadcast run in October of the same year. Concurrently in 2011, Lai played the role of Su Hai-er in the period drama The Invaluable Treasure 1949. The role earned her a Best Actress nomination at the 46th Golden Bell Awards.

In 2012, Lai was cast in the SETTV romantic comedy Miss Rose in which she played the titular character opposite Roy Chiu. The same year, Lai commenced filming for the Mainland Chinese drama Jiu Jiu Nu Er Hong, while continuing work on stage as the female lead in Crazy Idol Soap with James Wen.

Rising popularityEdit

In 2014, Lai was cast in the role of A Bu-si, a lesbian barista in the highly anticipated movie adaptation of Café. Waiting. Love, penned by well-known Taiwanese novelist Giddens Ko. Lai started taking barista lessons and shed her long hair in preparation for the role, even going to the extent of not attending any public event to maintain the secrecy of her participation in the movie before her casting was announced to the public.

For her role as a working-class woman in the 2014 television film Proposal, Lai's performance was acknowledged with her third Golden Bell Award nomination.

In March 2015, Lai made her long-awaited music comeback with her second studio album, titled FACE. Lai participated in the composition of five songs in the album, which also included two of her own self-written songs.

Lai was also cast as an ultramarathon coach in Jay Chou's first movie as an executive producer, 10,000 Miles, starring opposite Sean Huang and Darren Wang. The movie was released in December 2016 to poor reception.

In September 2015, Lai received her fourth nomination for the Golden Bell Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for her role in the film The End of Love. The same month, Lai commenced filming for the romantic comedy Bromance, in which she played the role Pi Ya-nuo, a girl who has to pretend to be a boy until her 26th birthday to be safeguarded a smooth-sailing life. For her performance, Lai was awarded the Best Actress award at the 2015 Sanlih Drama Awards. The drama ended its broadcast run to massive domestic and international success, and Lai received tremendous support for her portrayal in the drama.

In 2016, Lai joined the cast of the musical More Than Words, which celebrated the life and works of musical artist Chang Yu-sheng.

In 2018, after a short hiatus from acting, Lai returned to the small screen in the television series Meet Me @ 1006 in a guest appearance. Lai was then cast alongside Sammi Cheng, Kenny Bee and Richie Jen in the movie Fagara, the silver screen adaptation of Amy Cheung's novel Wo De Ai Ru Ci Ma La.

In February 2019, Lai completed principal photography for the movie Self Token, which is slated for a release in fall 2019.

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2002 Meteor Garden II 流星花園Ⅱ Mimi
2003 Spicy High-School Pupils 麻辣高校生 Chen Hui-min Guest appearance
Hi Working Girl Hi 上班女郎 Tseng Ai-lin
Love Storm 狂愛龍捲風 Tina Guest appearance
2004 Mars 戰神 Lai Ching-mei
Starry Night 愛在星光燦爛時 Megan
2005 Good Beautiful Clinic 2 好美麗診所Ⅱ嘿哈 Chen Ruo-nan
2006 Silence 深情密碼 Mi Hsiao-kuang
White Robe of Love 白袍之戀 Sun Qian
2007 Sweet Relationship 美味關係 Jen Ko-hsin
2007-2008 Wish to See You Again 這裡發現愛 One half of a couple Episode 5
2008-2009 Time Story 光陰的故事 Wang Chien-chien
2010 Because of You 星光下的童話 Yu You-tung
Rice Family 飯糰之家 Yen Hsin-ya
2011 The Invaluable Treasure 1949 瑰寶1949 Su Hai-er
Next Heroes 真的漢子 Hai Qiao
2012 Miss Rose 螺絲小姐要出嫁 Luo Sze-yi
2013 Two Fathers 兩個爸爸 Fang Ching-chu
Jiu Jiu Nu Er Hong 九九女兒紅 Tao Jiudan
2014 High Heels and a Scalpel 白袍下的高跟鞋 Wu Ya-fan
2015-2016 Bromance 愛上哥們 Pi Ya-nuo / Pi Ya-chi
2018 Meet Me @ 1006 1006的房客 Chen Yu-fang Guest appearance

FilmEdit

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2004 Free as Love 浮生若夢 Ah Pin
2005 How's Life 生命狂想曲 Lai Hsin-yi Television
Ashia's Dream 愛絲希雅的夢中夢 Nurse Guest appearance
Chocolate Rap 巧克力重擊 Ally Lin
2006 Auctioning Off A Corner of the World 拍賣世界的角落 Fran Television
2007 Motorbike on Fire ! 燃燒吧!機車 Wu Ke-wei Short film
2008 Clinic 黑道診所 Ai Hsiao-hui Television
2009 Taipei 24H 台北異想 Megan Lai Segment "Share the Morning"
L-O-V-E 愛到底 Yen Segment "San sheng you xing"
2011 Will You Still Love Me 妳是否依然愛我 Peggy Tien
You Are the Apple of My Eye 那些年,我們一起追的女孩 One half of a couple Guest appearance
2012 Jumping Boy 不倒翁的奇幻旅程 A-yun
2014 Proposal 家事提案 Lee Hsiao-tung Television
Café. Waiting. Love 等一個人咖啡 A Bu-si
2015 The End of Love 愛情的盡頭 Li Yi-lun Television
2016 10,000 Miles 一萬公里的約定 Ellie
2019 Fagara 花椒之味 Hsia Ju-jih
The Last Thieves 聖人大盜 Hsu Jing

Variety showEdit

Year English title Original title Notes
2005 Super Deal 超級好康A Host
2007-2010 GoGo Japan N/A Host

Music videoEdit

Year Artist Song title
2000 Shino Lin "This is"
2001 Chiang Yu-heng "Deny"
Stefanie Sun "Kite"
Sammi Cheng "Future"
Tiger Huang "Firework Live"
Shunza "There's No Ugly Woman"
2002 Vic Chou "Hotline for Help"
Eason Chan "Men's Fault"
Yang Kun and Chen Lin "World of Us"
2004 Faith Yang "Queen"
2010 Huang Pin-yuan "Pisces Love"
A-Lin "Give Me A Reason To Forget"
2011 Cindy Yen "Let Go"
2012 Princess Ai "Love Forever"
2017 Wu Bai & China Blue "Ai Ni Wu Mu Di"
Bii "Think Of You"

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Track listing
Love
Track listing
  1. 影子情人
  2. 愛死了
  3. 感覺你
  4. 掙脫
  5. The Hardest Note
  6. 試著忘了
  7. 有病
  8. 愛的決定權
  9. 熱吻
  10. 愛可以燦爛很久
FACE
Track listing
  1. I'm OK
  2. Stray Dog
  3. 是我
  4. 孤單的決定
  5. Flow
  6. 剛才
  7. 獨來獨往
  8. 女孩
  9. 未完待續

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Year Song title Album Notes
2004 "The Hardest Note" Mars OST
"感覺你" Starry Night OST
"愛可以燦爛很久"
2006 "轉身的時候" Silence OST
2007 "愛的勇氣" Corner With Love OST
"有你有我" Sweet Relationship OST
"直覺"
2010 "小雨心事" Because of You OST
"團團愛" Rice Family OST
"冬末之戀"
2011 "行行好" Rainbow Sweetheart OST
"如果不是你"
2012 "快樂不倒翁" Jumping Boy OST
Track listing

1. "遇見對的人"

2. "我愛誰"

3. "肥皂劇之偶像連成戲"

4. "多災多難的愛情"

5. "我也想當女主角"

6. "上床?床上!"

7. "心動"

8. "醋"

9. "忘掉"

10. "愛.旋轉"
Crazy Idol Soap OST Musical
2013 "如果沒有你" Two Fathers OST
2014 "未完待續" High Heels and a Scalpel OST
2015 "Flow" Future Mr. Right OST
2016
Track listing

1. "天天想你"

2. "水藍色眼淚"

3. "我是一顆秋天的樹"

4. "當我開始偷偷地想你"
More Than Words OST Musical
2017 "依然是你" Art in Love OST
2018 “舞魅娘” Wuda's Girls OST

Songwriting creditsEdit

Year Album Artist Song title Lyrics Music Notes
Credited With Credited With
2004 Love Megan Lai "The Hardest Note" Yes 林尚德 No N/A from Mars OST
"感覺你" Yes N/A No N/A from Starry Night OST
2011 2 be different Cindy Yen "釋懷" Yes Alang Huang

黃俊郎

No N/A
2012 Crazy Idol Soap OST Megan Lai "忘掉" Yes N/A No N/A
2014 Bring Me Home Charity EventTheme Song Mickey Huang

Fang Wen-lin

Landy Wen

Xiu Jie Kai

Lin Yu-pin

Jay Shih

Steven Sun

Lyla Lin

“帶我回家” Yes Ian Chen (F.I.R.) No N/A
FACE Megan Lai "未完待續" Yes N/A No N/A from High Heels and a Scalpel OST
2015 "臉" Yes N/A No N/A
"Stray Dog" Yes Real Huang (F.I.R.) No N/A
"Flow" Yes N/A Yes N/A from Future Mr. Right OST
"剛才" Yes Deepwhite

深白色

No N/A
"女孩" Yes N/A Yes N/A
2018 Art in Love OST "依然是你" Yes Chris Yen

顏維霆

No N/A

TheaterEdit

Year English title Original title Role
2009 Fools 傻瓜村 Su Wan-tung
2010 Seventeen Year Itch 17年之癢 Misa
2011 By the End of the Flora Season 花季未了 Chiang Yen-ping
2012 Crazy Idol Soap 瘋狂偶像劇 An-chi
The Goodbye Girl 再見女郎 Bao-chi
2012-2013
2014 Crazy Idol Soap 瘋狂偶像劇 An-chi
2015 Crazy Television 3 瘋狂電視台3-來自地球的你
2016 More Than Words 天天想你 Hsu Man
2017 Crazy Idol Soap 瘋狂偶像劇 An-chi
2019

Published worksEdit

  • Lai, Megan (2005). 台灣大長今美容寶典:賴雅妍漢方美容. Taipei. ISBN 9578035136.
  • Lai, Megan (2015). FACE. More Entertainment. (e-book)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 40th Golden Bell Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film How's Life Nominated
42nd Golden Horse Awards Best New Performer Nominated
2006 51st Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Actress Nominated
Chocolate Rap Nominated
2011 46th Golden Bell Awards Best Actress Invaluable Treasure 1949 Nominated
2013 Sanlih Drama Awards Best Actress Two Fathers Nominated
Best Kiss (with Weber Yang) Nominated
2014 49th Golden Bell Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film Proposal Nominated
2015 50th Golden Bell Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film The End of Love Nominated
Sanlih Drama Awards Best Actress Bromance Won

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