'Shy' star turns 'sexual deviant'

Fantasy Thriller: Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao in The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones. Gao says he was open to anything that was thrown at him on the film set to fully immerse himself in his sexual-deviant role.  

Eyeliner, check.

Glitter, check.

Ambiguous sexuality, check.

Taiwanese model-turned-actor Godfrey Gao may have got his first Hollywood break after being cast in upcoming fantasy thriller The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones.

But for his virgin foray into Tinseltown, the Canada-raised heart-throb had to morph into a 300-year-old warlock who likes having sex with men and women.

To embrace the sexual deviant he was playing on-screen, Gao was open to anything that was thrown at him on the film set.

For starters, his make-up routine took three hours each day before he was camera ready.

Glitter, nail polish, piercings, tattoos and tons of eyeshadow were just some of the "funky stuff" he had to put on.

Then there was a scene he had to shoot in icy temperatures - with only his boxers on.

But freezing his behind off for The Mortal Instruments, which opens here on Aug 22, was completely worth it.

Gao, 28, told The New Paper over the phone from Taiwan: "It was around 1 deg C and we were filming in Toronto last September.

"I really wanted to cry, I was freezing. Being that naked, I caught a cold eventually.

"But the crew did take care of me. They kept offering me hot chocolate, tea, chocolate buns and candies. That made the entire experience bearable."

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is based on the first book of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

It tells the story of a teenager (Lily Collins) whose life dramatically changes after she witnesses a murder at a club.

She finds out that she, like her mother (Lena Headey), is a Shadowhunter - a breed of half-angel, half-human warriors with mind-blowing powers and whose mission is to protect the world from evil forces.

In a race against time to save her mother, she gets entangled in an alternate reality filled with demons, warlords, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.

Gao said when he got the part, he had no idea "what they were going to do to me".

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