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Xu Xi Yuan (Chinese: 徐熙媛; pinyin: Xú Xīyuàn, born October 6, 1976 in Taipei, Taiwan), also known as Barbie Hsu and Big S (大S Dà S), is a Taiwanese actress, singer, and television host. She is a former member of the mandopop band ASOS, which she formed with her sister, Dee Hsu.

She is best known for her portrayal of Dong Shan Cai in Meteor Garden and Meteor Garden II.

Biography

Early life

Barbie Hsu was born on October 6, 1976 in Taipei, Taiwan to Huang Chun Mei (黃春梅) and Xu Jian (徐堅; 1953 – 2012). Hsu has an older sister Xu Xi Xian (徐熙嫻), and a younger sister Dee Hsu (born June 14, 1978).

Career

Hsu formed the band SOS ("Sisters of Shu") with her sister Dee in 1994. They released their first album Zhanling Nianqing (佔領年輕), while attending Hwa Kang Arts School.[1] After graduating in 1996, they changed the name of the band to ASOS (徐氏姊妹; "A Sisters of Shu") for legal reasons.[2] In the late nineties, the sisters began hosting variety shows, including Guess[3] and 100% Entertainment. ASOS released their final album together, titled Biantai Shaonu (變態少女) in 2001.[1] In 1998, Hsu had her television debut in TVBS-G's Musical Love Story (音樂愛情故事) with Harlem Yu. A small role in Six Lines of Youth (2001) followed.

In 2001, Hsu starred as Dong Shan Cai in the popular idol drama Meteor Garden opposite Jerry Yan and Vic Chou.[4] She was nominated for a Golden Bell Award for her performance.[5] Hsu reprised her role in the 2002 sequel, Meteor Garden II.[6] The following year, she starred in Eternity: A Chinese Ghost Story, a period drama based on Chinese folktales.[7][8] In 2004, Hsu starred alongside Blue Lan in the third segment of the anthology series Say Yes Enterprise[9] and with Meteor Garden costar Vic Chou in Mars.[10] She had her film debut in the horror flick The Ghost Inside in 2005.[11] Her next film Silk, also in the horror genre, was screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.[12]

In 2007, Hsu starred in the television drama Corner with Love, costarring Show Lo.[13] The following year, she appeared in two films, My So Called Love (愛的發聲練習)[14] and Connected, the latter being her first Hong Kong film.[15] Hsu starred opposite Louis Koo again in the comedy film On His Majesty's Secret Service, which premiered in 2009.[16] In 2010, she was the lead in Summer's Desire, an idol drama costarring Peter Ho and Huang Xiaoming.[17] The same year, Hsu also appeared in Hot Summer Days,[18] Future X-Cops,[19] Reign of Assassins,[20] and Adventure of the King.[21] The next year, she starred in the period film My Kingdom.[22] Hsu's latest film roles include Million Dollar Crocodile[23] and Motorway both released in 2012.[24]

Personal life

Barbie with her husband Wang Xiao Fei

After filming Meteor Garden, Hsu began dating Blue Lan. They broke up in 2005.[25][26] She dated Meteor Garden costar Vic Chou from June 2005 to January 2008.[27][28] She married entrepreneur Wang Xiao Fei (汪小菲) in a civil ceremony in Beijing on November 16, 2010.[29] They later held a wedding banquet in March 2011 on Hainan Island.[30]

Hsu gave birth to her daughter Wang Xi Yue (汪希玥) on April 24, 2014, after trying to conceive for two years.[31] The couple welcomed their second child, a son named Wang Xi Lin (汪希箖), on May 14, 2016. Hsu fainted while giving birth due to the pain of the contractions, which also caused her epilepsy to flare up.[32] In late March 2018, she was hospitalized for an epileptic fit caused by a cold. Two weeks later, Hsu announced her third pregnancy.[33] She terminated the pregnancy in May, after doctors confirmed that the embryo was not viable.[34]

In June 2021, Hsu announced that she had filed for divorce from Wang. However, her husband and close family members have denied the divorce.[35]

Filmography

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Musical Love Story
2001 Six Lines of Youth Herself
Meteor Garden Dong Shan Cai
2002 Meteor Garden II Dong Shan Cai
The Monkey King: Quest for the Sutra Ice Goddess
2003 Eternity: A Chinese Ghost Story Nie Xiao Qian
2004 Say Yes Enterprise Xiao Niao Episodes 8-12
Mars Han Qi Luo
2005 Phantom Lover Tong Ruo Fan
2007 Corner with Love Yu Xin Lei
2010 Summer's Desire Yin Xia Mo

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Ghost Inside Lin Xiao Yue
2006 Silk Su Yuan
2008 My So Called Love Xiao Mao
Connected Grace Wong
2009 On His Majesty's Secret Service Mei Xi Wang
2010 Hot Summer Days Ding Dong
Future X-Cops Wang Xue'e
Reign of Assassins Ye Zhanqing
Adventure of the King Li Fengjie
2011 My Kingdom Xi Mu Lan
2012 Million Dollar Crocodile Wen Yan
Motorway Yee

Notes

  • Hsu is good friends with Meteor Garden producer Angie Chai.[36] She also worked with Chai on Mars (2004) and Corner with Love (2007).
  • In April 2018, Hsu posted on social media that she began to dislike Shan Cai midway through production. She reported that she did not like her character's indesiveness.[37]
  • On a talk show in September 2018, she revealed her attempt to "match-make" Ken Chu and her sister Dee together, but nothing came of it. Chu was shocked, having never guessed Hsu's intentions at the time.[38]

  • As the older sibling, she is nicknamed "Big S" while her younger sister Dee is called "Small S". Despite the nickname, the Hsu siblings actually have another older sister who is not in show business.
  • She voiced Helen Parr (Elastigirl) in the Taiwanese dub of The Incredibles and its sequel, while her sister Dee voiced Mirage.
  • Hsu has several tattoos, the latest being an angel wing that she got in July 2017.[39] Two tattoos, a six-pointed star and a flower, can be spotted several times throughout Meteor Garden. A third one on her ankle is also visible in certain scenes.
  • She is a big fan of Takuya Kimura and has followed his career since she was fourteen.[40]

  • She starred in a segment of Say Yes Enterprise (2004) with her then boyfriend Blue Lan. Vanness Wu, Winnie Chien, Edward Ou and Dee Hsu also appeared in it, though all in different stories.
  • Hsu starred opposite Vic Chou in Mars (2004). She and Chou began dating the following year.
  • She appeared in Reign of Assassins (2010) with Pace Wu.

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