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Zhou Yu Min (Chinese: 周渝民; pinyin: Zhōu Yùmín, born June 9, 1981 in Luodong, Taiwan), also known as Vic Chou and Zai Zai (仔仔), is an actor and musician. He was a member of the idol group, F4. Chou is best known for his roles in Meteor Garden, Mars, Black & White, and Home.

Chou played Hua Ze Lei in Meteor Garden, Meteor Rain, and Meteor Garden II.

Biography

Early life

Chou was born on June 9, 1981 in Luodong located in Yilan County, Taiwan. His birth name (周育民) is pronounced the same as his stage name.[1] He has one elder brother. Chou's parents divorced when he was around six-years-old.[2]

Career

Chou was studying to be a mechanical engineer when he accompanied a friend to the Meteor Garden auditions. He was chosen to play Hua Ze Lei and rose to prominence overnight.[3] He reprised his role in the sequels, Meteor Rain (2001) and Meteor Garden II (2002). After the success of Meteor Garden, Chou, Jerry Yan, Ken Chu, and Vanness Wu formed the boyband, F4. Following the release of their debut album Meteor Rain, Chou released a solo album, titled Make a Wish in 2002. Chou had his first lead role as the title character in Poor Prince (2001). In 2003, he and Ken Chu costarred with Vivian Hsu and Beatrice Hsu in Love Storm. Chou starred opposite Barbie Hsu in 2004's Mars, which was produced by Meteor Garden producer Angie Chai.

He collaborated with Chai in Silence (2006), Sweet Relationship (2007), and Wish to See You Again (2008). In 2007, he released his third solo album, I'm Not F4. He starred in two films, Linger with Li Bingbing and Tea Fight with Erika Toda, in 2008. In 2009, Chou starred in the award-winning series Black & White, and the historical drama Memoirs of Madam Jin. He reunited with Vivian Hsu for the film, Sleepless Fashion, in 2011. Chou returned to television in 2012 for the war drama, Home. He won a Golden Bell Award for his performance in Home. Also in 2012, he starred opposite Ella Chen in the film, New Perfect Two.

In 2013, Chou appeared in three films, Saving General Yang, Day of Redemption, and A Moment of Love. The following year, he was in the romantic-comedy film, Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 with Louis Koo and Miriam Yeung. Chou starred with Ariel Lin in 2015's Go Lala Go 2, a sequel to the 2011 film. In 2016, he collaborated with Louis Koo again in action film, S Storm. Chou appeared in the Chinese-Hong Kong romantic-comedy film, Two Wrongs Make a Right, in 2017. He is currently set to star in Beauties in the Closet and The Flame's Daughter.

Personal life

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Chou and Reen Yu announcing their marriage in 2015

Chou became close friends with the late actress Beatrice Hsu during the filming of Love Storm (2003).[4] They began dating after Hsu broke up with her then boyfriend Lee Wei. [5] Chou and Hsu broke up around 2005. In mid-2005, he started dating Meteor Garden co-star Barbie Hsu, who also appeared with him in Mars. They broke up in January 2008.[6][7] Chou began dating actress Reen Yu in 2011, after meeting on the set of Black & White. The couple registered their marriage on November 10, 2015.[8] On August 2, 2016, Yu gave birth to their first child, a daughter.[9]

Filmography

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Meteor Garden Hua Ze Lei
Poor Prince Tai Lang
Meteor Rain Hua Ze Lei
2002 Come to My Place Zhang Zhong Yuan
Meteor Garden II Hua Ze Lei
2003 Love Storm Lu Ying Feng
2004 Mars Chen Ling / Chen Sheng
2006 Silence Qi Wei Yi
2007 Sweet Relationship Fang Zhi Tian
2008 Wish to See You Again Xu Yue
2009 Black & White Chen Zai Tian
Memoirs of Madam Jin Sheng Yue Ru
2012 Home Su Tai Ying
2018 Beauties in the Closet Li Han
The Flame's Daughter Yin Xue

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Linger Lin Xu Dong
Tea Fight Yang
2010 Love You 10,000 Years Wu Qi Feng
2011 Sleepless Fashion Zhou Xiao Hui
2012 New Perfect Two Ah B
2013 Saving General Yang Yang San Lang
Day of Redemption Gu Bin
A Moment of Love Xu Nian Zu
2014 Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 Cheng Zi Jian
2015 Detective Gui Ah Zhe
Go Lala Go 2 Wang Wei
2016 S Storm Song Ren Xin
2017 Two Wrongs Make a Right Qin Rui

References

External links

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