Danson Tang takes the heat to look like a cool vampire

Danson Tang takes the heat to look like a cool vampire
Taiwanese actor Danson Tang

He plays a brooding, charismatic bloodsucker in new Hong Kong vampire-themed drama Love In Time.

But Danson Tang, best known for his work on Taiwanese idol dramas Rolling Love (2008) and A Hint Of You (2013), is thankful that the make-up and styling for his character were not as complicated as he had imagined.

In a phone interview with M last Thursday, the 30-year-old Taiwanese singer-actor said in Mandarin: "I had to wear red and blue contact lenses, put on a bit of dark eyeliner, powder my face white - that's pretty much it.

"Those actors playing the evil guys had it a lot tougher - their make-up before each shoot took one to two hours."

Billed as a supernatural romance, the nine-parter stars Tang as Roy, who miraculously survives a village massacre only to be cursed to walk the Earth for eternity as a bloodsucking immortal.

After 224 years, Roy's heart has turned icy cold. A chance encounter with a warm, kind-hearted girl, Xi Lan (Michelle Wai), renews his passion for life and love.

It airs on cHK (Singtel TV Ch 510) on weekdays at 10pm.

The Mandopop star - who has released four Mandarin albums - found the show's action scenes challenging.

"We filmed outdoors in Hong Kong during summer and the weather was unbearably hot then," he said.

"But as vampires, my co-star Terence Yin and I had to wear thick leather jackets to look cool. We had to 'fight' and be strung up to do wire work.

"On the surface, we might look very suave, but underneath our clothes, we were sweating buckets! By the end of the day, I had rashes all over my body."

While Tang's character evokes comparisons with Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen from The Twilight movies, Tang begged to differ.

"I don't think Roy is similar to Edward Cullen," he said.

"Before shooting Love In Time, I watched episodes of (US TV drama) The Vampire Diaries.

"I feel that Roy shares similar traits with the two male leads (referring to the vampirical Salvatore brothers played by Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder)."

He said the vampire genre has always been a "huge lure" for him.

"I've been watching vampire TV series since I was a kid," he said.

"I can still remember the very first vampire drama I was hooked on, it was a 1998 Hong Kong series called My Date With A Vampire.

"All these years, however, I've never had the opportunity to play a vampire. So when Love In Time landed on my lap, of course I jumped at it."


This article was first published on June 3, 2015.
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