Yuan Shuai (actor)
Yuan came to prominence after winning MediaCorp's U Are the One in 2008, a talent search for Channel U's Fresh Face of the Year. He signed with MediaCorp as a full-time artist and was given his first hosting roles. He also began acting minor roles in various TV dramas before landing roles in major productions such as Rescue 995 and Unriddle 2.
He graduated with a diploma in theatre studies from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
In March 2014, Yuan Shuai spoke of his family's situation in China and shared that his father was still recuperating from a bone marrow surgery he underwent in 2013. There were talks of the actor leaving showbiz to take over his family business then, but the rumours were proved baseless when Yuan Shuai clarified desire to continue acting.
In the latest turn of events, Yuan Shuai has confirmed that he will not be renewing his contract with MediaCorp when it expires end October this year, as his father is critically ill and suffering from blood cancer.
In a phone interview with the actor this afternoon, he shared that his dad's ailing condition was kept a secret from him as he was busy filming Mind Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “They didn’t inform me of his medical condition as they didn’t want me to worry over it.”
He was finally told the news when filming wrapped and when his dad had to receive emergency treatment due to a deterioration of his medical condition.
“I gave this some thought. I left home 14 years ago [to come to Singapore] and haven’t spent much time with him. He really needs me in this critical period of time,” said Yuan Shuai. “My dad was really happy when I told him I was coming back home.”
“It’s time to fulfill my duties as a son and I want to spend more time with him,” he added. “I feel guilty because I didn’t get the chance to spend time with him as I was away from home for a long period of time, taking only short breaks to visit home in-between work.”
This will not be a permanent farewell to showbiz, however, says Yuan Shuai, who hopes to take on ad-hoc TV projects when time allows. “I’m too used to my current lifestyle in Singapore, I’ll still comeback,” said the Singapore PR (Permanent Resident).
A statement released by the MediaCorp management this afternoon read: “Yuan Shuai left China for Singapore 14 years ago, he will want to go back to his family at this trying time to spend as much quality time with his father as possible. He will not be taking up any jobs at this moment, until he finds the situation fit for him to do so in due. Yuan Shuai will be flying back to China after he settles his tenancy matters in Singapore.”
Especially grateful towards the care and support received from his MediaCorp colleagues, Yuan Shuai said, “I want to thank the artiste management unit, directors and producers for giving me a chance, Zhang Zhen Huan, Lee Teng, Pornsak, Rebecca Lim and my friends for their constant care. They are like family to me.”
When asked if acting would have to take a backseat because of the family business, Yuan Shuai replied that it is currently under his uncle's supervision.
|2009||The Dream Catchers 未来不是梦|
|2009||Together 当我们同在一起||Ou Yuming|
|2010||New Beginnings 红白囍事||Fan Yong 范勇|
|No Limits 泳闯琴关||Yang Leiming "Thunder" 杨雷鸣|
|Bountiful Blessings 万福楼||Roy|
|2012||Rescue 995 995||Xu Wensong 许文嵩|
|Unriddle 2 最火搭档2||Dai Baolun 戴保伦|
|Poetic Justice 微笑正义||Lin Zhonglun 林仲伦|
|Beyond X元素||Ye Rongguang 叶荣光|
|2013||Sudden 骤变||Lin Shenghua 林升华|
|2014||The Caregivers Missy 先生||Sun Shaowei 孙绍伟|
|Against The Tide 逆潮||Zheng Tianrui 郑天瑞|
|2015||Mind Game 心迷||Jason|
|2013||Re:solve 决义案||Yan Yong Cheng|
|2008||Go Green 绿设兵团|
|2009||Campus SuperStar 3 校园 SuperStar 3|
|On the Beat 4 都是大发现4|
|Loose to Win 敢瘦健康|
|2010||U're the Man 花样型男|
|On the Beat 5 都是大发现5|
|2012||Channel 8 30th Anniversary Roadshow 戏剧30年|
- Joanna Goh (21 October 2014). "Yuan Shuai leaves showbiz temporarily to care for ailing dad". xin.msn.com. Xinmsn. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
- "MediaCorp celebs join in the battle of the bulge". Channel News Asia. 14 September 2009.
- Profile on xin.msn.com