TEXT & TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang
前陣子宣佈求婚成功的胡宇威，回想在公佈喜訊的那一刻，兩人一起在手機前等待「1314」這個浪漫時刻到來，心裡很開心也非常緊張，對於親朋好友和大眾的祝福兩人更是充滿感激。「看到大家的反應都很正面我們其實很感動，能擁有那樣的感染力是很珍貴的。」問起即將踏入感情新階段的感想，他則表示確實會有不習慣，不過還是會 open arms 去迎接它。「這個新身份對我來說更像是個支撐，也是個珍貴的禮物。」在愛情中的胡宇威選擇給予對方充足空間，並在適當的時機提出意見。不過一直以來不能跨越的底線便是公平，不希望對方怎麼對待自己，就不能那樣對待別人。對他來說，理想的幸福很簡單，是一個關於愛的心領神會。「兩個人能在一個小小的空間，牽著手、喝著咖啡，即使不講話還是感受得到愛與被愛，那就是幸福。」
從《王牌辯護人》「麥大奇」、高冷富二代「任少凡」、電影《寒單》中「林正昆」、甚至到回憶滿滿的「關羽」，戲劇作品豐富的胡宇威總是不停地在超越自己，對於不同角色的詮釋也讓人印象深刻。回想起最有挑戰性的角色，他說論技術的話肯定是講求流利口條的律師「麥大奇」了，而心理層面上「林正昆」這個角色讓他經歷了一場心靈上的折磨。「每個角色都有自己很有挑戰性的地方，也會有重疊的部分，重要的是如何帶入自己的東西讓它變得不一樣。」回歸一切開始的起點，胡宇威坦言令他感觸最深的其實是他的第一部戲《屋頂上的綠寶石》。當時剛出道的他，對於第一次演戲就能與許多資深演員合作和學習，心中沒有過多的緊張，反而是滿滿的興奮和期待。「拍完的時候才發現演戲這件事已經留在身體和記憶裡了，也確定這是我接下來想走的路。」曾說過想讓大家看到不一樣的胡宇威，對於未來想要挑戰的角色，熱愛音樂的他表示如有遇到與音樂有關的角色絕對不會排斥。訪談近末，面對台灣疫情持續延燒，他選擇秉持著正面的心情看待未來的不確定，「現在的我們更知道怎麼愛對方，珍惜現狀，保護自己，希望2022年會是一個轉捩點。」一句肯定的 don’t give up hope （不要放棄希望），像溫暖的陽光渲染著周遭的人，謝謝胡宇威一直以來的正向和樂觀，讓這個新年的啟程似乎多了點希望和鼓勵。
“Once you’ve made the decision, try not to quit halfway.” Eyes beaming with determination, George Hu shares how he found his ideal rhythm in the face of life challenges. From his breakthroughs in acting, outstanding performances in sports, to his recent engagement, he seems to be on life’s winning team, a role model for younger readers. Through his extra hard work and the principle of never giving up, George treats every challenge he encounters as a gift and enters the next stage of life with an open heart and open mind.
Conversations with Yourself
When it comes to choosing the right outfit, George focuses on the shoulder because once the shoulder line is defined, your body proportion looks better. As for accessories, he places his emphasis on practicality and prefers jewelry and watches that are lowkey but elevating. “Nothing too flashy. The most important thing is to match your personality and style.” No longer choosing exaggerated styles, he is now more certain about what he wants in terms of clothing. The lesson on understanding oneself is not limited to daily wear, but can also be extended to sports. Having recently picked up golf, George admits that it is different from other ball games. Without much physical contact, golf is a sport that is more like a dialogue with your inner self. “It’s about maintaining a consistent rhythm. Even when you don’t perform well, you have to force yourself to reflect on what you did wrong. Eventually, you will better understand yourself in the process.” When asked if he would like to consider competing in tournaments, George jokingly says it’s probably too late. Right now, he simply wants to focus on the fundamentals and keep practicing to master the sport.
Recalling the day of announcing the proposal, George says they were both really nervous as they waited for the romantic moment 13:14 to arrive, but more than grateful for all the blessings they received. “It’s actually very touching to see all the positive responses. I find it very precious that we have that kind of positive influence on people.” When asked about stepping into a brand new stage of life, he admits that he’s not used to it yet, but will embrace it with open arms. “This new role is more like a support to me. It’s a precious gift.” In terms of relationship, George chooses to give his significant other the space she needs, but will provide his advice when it’s needed. The bottom line lies within equality and treating others the way you want to be treated. For him, the ideal happiness is simple; it’s a heartfelt understanding of love. “If two people can be in a small space, holding hands, drinking coffee and still feel the presence of love even without any exchange of words, that is happiness to me.”
When it comes to family, George values the unity he shares with his parents and younger sister. At home, even when they are all doing their own thing, the soul of the family still holds everyone together. Growing up, he would always pull pranks on his sister and get scolded by his mom. However, whenever his sister needs him, he would immediately step up and protect her. Even though they are not currently in the same country, the love-hate relationship George shares with his sister is still going strong. When asked about his upbringing, he said the two principles he still follows since childhood are to always have respect for others and never do anything that he might regret. Because of his solid martial arts background, George is someone who doesn’t give up easily. “Once you are completely focused, you have a stronger sense of responsibility and will start to take everything more seriously.” He realizes as long as he follows this guideline, both at work and in private, naturally people around him will acknowledge his hard work and offer him their encouragement along the way.
Living with Imperfection
With his cheerful laugh and bright smile, George is always inspiring people with his positive energy in front of the camera. It makes me wonder how does he adjust his mindset when he encounters self doubt and negativity? He admits that it is almost impossible to tell people to not think about it. “It’s helpful to keep calm and try to look at the world with a more optimistic perspective.” If he’s still trapped in the negative mindset, he’ll try to do things he likes and get in touch with new activities and people to divert his attention. Looking back after the brief moment of distraction, he’d realize the problems are not as complicated as he had originally thought. As for learning how to live with one’s flaws, George says the first thing is to acknowledge them without denial. “First, accept the existence of your imperfections. Then, you learn to face them.” After accepting our shortcomings, we have to adapt and try to turn them into our advantage. Once mistaken the Chinese term of the swimming pool, George chuckles and admits that language is indeed a challenge to him. However, since he has the courage to speak and is never afraid of saying the wrong thing, his language deficiency in Mandarin actually becomes his advantage. “Since there is no way to change our imperfections, why not turn them into our strength?” We may not be able to change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails to always reach our destination. Through his responses, it isn’t hard to see how George has gradually become more mature and open-minded in the face of challenges in life.
From Wacko At Law, Dear Adam (working title), Han Dan, to K.O. 3an Guo, George has participated in a selection of memorable works and is always trying to outdo himself in terms of his acting career. Recalling the most challenging role, he immediately points to his role in Wacko At Law, in which he plays Mai Da-Qi, a brilliant but disgruntled lawyer. While that role requires more technical skills, his role in the movie Han Dan, Lin Cheng-Kun, is more of a challenge to his inner psyche and how to accurately portray the dark side of a redeemed antagonist. “Each character has his own challenging aspects and overlapping parts, so the important thing is about bringing in your own stuff to make him different.” Back to where his acting career started, George says his first television series, Emerald on the Roof, is the experience that influenced him the most. The fact that he was able to work with so many renowned actors and actresses on his first acting debut did not scare him. He was excited, thrilled and ready to learn. “The moment we finished shooting, I realized acting had already left an impression on my body and mind. I was certain it was the path I wanted to take.” In terms of future roles he would like to try, George says, if the right opportunity presents itself, he’d be more than happy to take on roles related to music.
In the wake of the pandemic, he chooses to look on the bright side. “Now we understand how to love each other, cherish what we have and protect ourselves. Let’s hope 2022 will be a turning point. “Like a ray of sunshine warming the hearts of the people around him, George continues to inspire us with his positivity and persistence. And thanks to him, the beginning of this new year appears to be less uncertain and more promising.