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.
Megan Lai in 2008
|Alma mater||Shih Hsin University (bachelor)|
Ming Chuan University (master)
|Occupation||Actress, singer-songwriter, model, television host|
|Also known as||Lai Ya-yan|
Life and careerEdit
Early life and educationEdit
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.
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. 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 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. 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.
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.
|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|
|2005||Good Beautiful Clinic 2||好美麗診所Ⅱ嘿哈||Chen Ruo-nan|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|The Last Thieves||聖人大盜||Hsu Jing|
|Year||English title||Original title||Notes|
|2000||Shino Lin||"This is"|
|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"|
|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"|
|Title||Album details||Track listing|
|2004||"The Hardest Note"||Mars OST|
|"感覺你"||Starry Night OST|
|2007||"愛的勇氣"||Corner With Love OST|
|"有你有我"||Sweet Relationship OST|
|2010||"小雨心事"||Because of You OST|
|"團團愛"||Rice Family OST|
|2011||"行行好"||Rainbow Sweetheart OST|
|2012||"快樂不倒翁"||Jumping Boy OST|
|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||More Than Words OST||Musical|
|2017||"依然是你"||Art in Love OST|
|2018||“舞魅娘”||Wuda's Girls OST|
|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
|2012||Crazy Idol Soap OST||Megan Lai||"忘掉"||Yes||N/A||No||N/A|
|2014||Bring Me Home Charity EventTheme Song||Mickey Huang||“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|
|"Stray Dog"||Yes||Real Huang (F.I.R.)||No||N/A|
|"Flow"||Yes||N/A||Yes||N/A||from Future Mr. Right OST|
|2018||Art in Love OST||"依然是你"||Yes||Chris Yen
|Year||English title||Original title||Role|
|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|
|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|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|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|
|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|
- Megan Lai at chinesemov.com
- 中时电子报. "赖雅妍砸百万考取欧盟咖啡师 - 娱乐新闻". 中时电子报 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2019-06-16.
- "8位出道前都曾上過《我猜》的女星美麗秘訣傳授：賴雅妍 / 安心亞 / HEBE田馥甄.... (特輯)". VOGUE時尚網. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
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- "入围金钟 金马奖 赖雅妍直呼 "好震憾！" - 大纪元". 大纪元 www.epochtimes.com (in Chinese). 2005-10-20. Retrieved 2019-06-18.