The life of Chen Ya Lan as an artist

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generous with a sense of humor. She doesn’t put on air and is very easy going. Ya Lan, originally named Chen Wen Tsuei at birth, once had her name changed into Chen Mei Ru. After joining Yang Li-hua Taiwanese Opera Troupe, her mentor Yang Li Hua gave her the stage name Ya Lan, which derived from the first name of the French actor Alain Delon.

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Self-demanding, recognized by all audiences

Born into a family of Taiwanese Opera, Chen started listening to Taiwanese Opera before she was born. Talented in acting, she has taken part in 27 TV Taiwanese Opera, 25 TV series, 1 movie, 1 musical, hosted 16 shows, released 10 albums, shoot 5 commercials, performed 6 Taiwanese Opera on stage and has hosted the 2009 Golden Bell Awards with 1 book Life is like a Giant Stage published. Her works continue to increase. Having to lead a colorful life, she gets into every character she plays and is widely welcomed by the audience.

Growing up in the Bao Yin She Maiden Taiwanese Opera Troupe run by her father, Chen learned the strict management and attitude demanding acting professionally from him. She realized that being professional is an actor’s duty. Her father thinks that the audiences are here for professional performances. If you don’t take it seriously, you aren’t respecting your audience, who won’t respect you in return. This is why she works hard on everything as a professional.

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Taiwan Travel : Interview - The life of Chen Ya Lan as an artist|TaiwanDay

Get up early for practicing, learn from the plays

Although Chen started listening to Taiwanese Opera in her mother’s womb, lived in troupes and many elders told her that she is destined to be part of the Taiwanese Opera, she somehow rejected Taiwanese Opera after she grew older, let alone acting. Now Taiwanese Opera is her favorite. Chen laughs and said that this is “What's for you won't pass you by.”

In the society at the time, many people despise Taiwanese Opera actors. Just as what a Taiwanese saying goes, “Parents are powerless and children become actors.” After going to elementary school, she had never brought friends home in case they look her down once they know that her family runs an acting business. Chen wanted to work at beauty industry after graduation but couldn’t find a job. Her father was worried that she could go astray fooling around, so asked her to stay with the troupe to learn acting. That’s her start for an actor. She has acted from a gangster, female leads to male leads and has memorized every line of every actor by heart. She had to get up at 4 am to practice walking around the stage, squat and the use of stage weapons. Now she no longer thinks that actors are from powerless families but believes that children who learn acting will not go astray. Being influenced by the stories of filial, piety and loyalty in the plays and the good tradition of helping each other in the troupe, she always steps into other shoes and has made a lot of friends in the entertainment industry.

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