It tends to be the men who raise the topic of marriage with their girlfriends.
However, for Chinese actor Max Zhang, it was his wife, Hong Kong actress Ada Choi, who did so.
In the latest episode of Chinese reality show Viva La Romance, Choi, 46, reminisced about her wedding to Zhang, 46, in 2008. The couple first met while filming the television serial The Paradise in 2003.
Choi said she felt during the wedding that there would be someone to accompany her during the ups and downs of life from that day onwards.
And Zhang disclosed that it was she who broached the issue of marriage and threatened to break up with him if he did not marry her.
He said on the show: "We had been together for four years and Ada said, 'I don't have much time. Either we get married or we break up.' She asked me to consider it, as I felt at that time a man should have a successful career before marriage."
The actor thought over it and realised there was no conflict between career and marriage.
"I would continue to work hard after marriage and told Ada we could marry now," Zhang added.
Choi, known for her roles in dramas such as Armed Reaction III (2001) and Empresses In The Palace (2011), was already an established TVB actress before she got married.
Zhang had his big break in 2013 after acting in Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai's movie The Grandmaster, which also starred Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Ziyi and Song Hye-kyo.
He went on to star in films such as SPL II: A Time For Consequences (2015), The Brink (2017) and Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy (2018).
He and Choi have three children – Zoe, nine; Chloe, seven; and a son who was born last November. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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