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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

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Gao plays the wedding belle

The Straits Times | Boon Chan | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

Although she has little experience with comedy, Gao Yuanyuan is glad to have chemistry with her co-star Huang Haibo.

Dressed in a lovely white gown and carrying a bouquet of flowers, Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan, 34, looks every bit the radiant bride. Except that the man beside her is not her dashing beau, Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao, 29.

Instead, it is top Chinese actor Huang Haibo, 37, who completes the picture of wedded bliss - for the 50-episode television drama, We Get Married. It is currently airing on Celestial Movies from Mondays to Fridays at 11pm.

Gao plays Yang Tao, a woman wary of love after getting cheated once, while Huang plays Guo Ran, a man terrified of getting married.

Unlike most actresses of her generation, Gao did not graduate from drama school.

Instead, she was spotted on the street in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district and was first cast in commercials.

She made her film debut as a schoolboy's object of affection in Zhang Yang's well-received drama Spicy Love Soup (1997) and has gone on to work steadily on both the big and small screens.

Some of her best-known works include martial arts series The Heaven Sword And Dragon Saber (2003), critically acclaimed film Shanghai Dreams (2005) and the historical war drama City Of Life And Death (2009).

1. What were the challenges of making We Get Married?

I felt at first that the script had a lot of comedy elements in it. Although I haven't had that much experience with comedy and didn't have the confidence I could do it very well, I was still willing to take it on as a challenge. The fact that I hadn't done a TV series in six years also made this a challenge.

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