In the romance movie My Love, Taiwanese actor Greg Hsu plays a man who will set off fireworks to comfort the girl he loves.
But in real life, he is a boring boyfriend, says the 30-year-old over a Zoom call from Taiwan.
"I'm quite boring. I'll only do grand romantic gestures in movies."
My Love chronicles the love story of a pair of high school sweethearts over 15 years. Chinese actress Zhang Ruonan plays the female lead.
The movie, which opened on April 30 in China, beat out strong competition from Zhang Yimou's new espionage film Cliff Walkers and the Aaron Kwok-led Home Sweet Home, to top the Labour Day opening weekend box office, hauling in over 333 million yuan (RM212mil).
Shaking his head modestly when asked about the film's strong opening performance, Hsu says: "I think the movie just appeals to a younger demographic.
"It's a youthful campus romance film and I think most people have had memorable school-day romances of their own, so the movie resonates with them."
Hsu exploded in popularity after starring in the hit Taiwanese time-travel drama series, Someday Or One Day (2019 to 2020).
In My Love, which is adapted from the 2018 South Korean movie On Your Wedding Day, the baby-faced actor plays a high schooler on the swim team who falls for his new classmate, a girl with dreams of being a fashion designer.
There are plenty of scenes with Hsu in the water. He says he trained for more than a month to master the movements and tone his physique to look like a swimmer.
But the most memorable scene is an underwater kissing scene with Zhang.
Hsu recalls: "It was actually quite hard to shoot because every time we went underwater, we immediately started to sink, so we had to try to get that perfect shot in a very short time." – The Straits Times/Asia News Network