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Ma Tianyu (马天宇)
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    Lightbulb Ma Tianyu (马天宇)

    My latest actor obsession after watching Strange Hero.

    Ray Ma Tianyu - BFF of Liu Shi Shi and Yang Mi, inspiring rags-to-riches village-boy-made-good highly talented actor and Mandopop singer who rose to fame after winning sixth place and "most popular" at the 2006 My Hero Competition, a Chinese talent competition.

    BACKGROUND
    Ma Tianyu's mother died when he was five, and his father left the family in his early years. He lived with his grandparents and two older sisters until the age of sixteen. There, he helped his grandfather tend the family's cornfields. His two sisters both dropped out of school early so that he could attend school. Even then, he had to skip one year of middle school because of lack of money. For a year, he worked for RMB150 a month carrying water from one end of the town to the other.

    After finishing middle school, at the age of sixteen, he went with his uncle to Beijing to sell meat. A year later, their marketplace was taken down, and they worked in various jobs. To avoid being a car mechanic, as his uncle wanted him to be, he ran away with seven jiao (one-tenth of 1 RMB). After spending four fen on a copy of his residence ID card, Ma Tianyu found a job at a restaurant cleaning dishes. During this period of his life, Ma worked in numerous jobs, including as a car washer, cashier, waiter, kitchen helper, and seller of shao bing, man tou, la mian, tofu, and soybean milk.

    In 2006, while working as a clothing assistant for a magazine, Ma decided to apply for the Beijing Film Academy after suggestions by friends. To increase his courage in preparation for the tests, he signed up for the My Hero competition. He nabbed the sixth place and but won the "Most Popular" award at the 2006 My Hero Competition, a nationwide Chinese talent competition, and the rest is history!


    Personal:
    Name: Ma Tianyu (马天宇)
    English Name: Ray Ma
    Birthdate: July 12, 1986
    Education: Beijing Film Academy
    Place of Birth: Shandong, China
    Height: 178cm
    Weight: 63kg
    Favourite Artists: Leslie Cheung, Theresa Teng
    Hobbies/Interests: Photography, Singing
    Talents: Singing, Swimming, Mountain climbing, Horse riding
    Favourite food: Beef
    Favourite city: Seoul

    Television series:
    2006:超级社区 (Chao Ji She Qu - Super Community)
    2007:你是我的梦 (Ni Shi Wo De Meng - You Are My Dream)
    2009:黛玉传 (Biography of Lin Daiyu - a character from Dream of the Red Chambers)
    2010:青春网事 (Youth Network)
    2010:怪侠一枝梅 (Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei)
    2011:千山暮雪 (Qian Shan Mu Xue)

    Discography:
    Album - 2007: 宇光十色 (Beautiful Lights)
    EP - 2008:飞 (Fly)
    Single - 2008:世界的梦想 (The World's Dream)
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    oh my gosh! his story is so tragic! i had no idea. i mean, i knew that he used to be poor and all, but i didn't know it was so sad awww this makes me even happier for his success now. good for him!


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    Is Ma Tian Yu a singer too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by megamonsterbeat View Post
    Is Ma Tian Yu a singer too?
    yup. he actually started on a chinese singing competition, if i'm not mistaken.


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    Yeah, his story is quite depressing but it's also inspirational. One would never guess by his refined looks that he grew up in poverty. In my opinion, his hard work and own perseverance plus luck is responsible for his opportunities now. I hope him the best of luck with his career.

    Oh, he also reminds me of a young Leslie Cheung...maybe his eyes and lips.
    I like me.

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    This is one of his earlier, more well-known song:

    My friend showed me this song a year or two ago. I was suprised to realize recently that this is Ma Tian Yu.

    When surfing around Youtube for his clips, I saw him in clips as Jia Baoyu from Hong Luo Meng.
    I think he really suits the description. Young boy that's cute and as pretty as a girl.
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    I heard he was impressive in Dai Yu Zhuan as Jia Baoyu.

    Although being the lower-budget production compared to Hong Lou Meng, many claimed Dai Yu Zhuan as a better version due to the more classical choreography, make-up and costume.

    Ma Tianyu's performance was one of the highlights of the show.

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    yeah, i always thought that he would be really good for the role of jia baoyu, since he looks kinda feminine and is really pretty. now i'm kinda interested in Dai Yu Qian Zhuan. does anyone know the plot? is it the same as hong lou meng? and when did that come out?


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    忽见柳荫下两个小孩子在哀哀痛哭,瞧模样正是武敦儒、武修文兄弟。郭芙大声叫道:「喂,你们在干甚麽?」武 修文回头见是郭芙,哭道:「我们在哭,你不见麽?」

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ View Post
    What a contrast to this:

    Hot! Great find by Liu Xiao Xiao!

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    ^ lol. does anyone know what the photo above was for? like, an ad or just a promotional shoot or something?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Liu Xiao Xiao View Post
    So cute! I swear, MTY could pass for a girl...lol
    So cute I had to repost from LSS's thread. MTY can be a very pretty girl!!

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    Ma is very cute and adorable. Reminds me of Leslie Cheung. I love his character in Strange Hero YMZ.

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