As someone with the honour of being called “the most beautiful Daji”, it shouldn’t be surprising that Irene Wan, who played the dazzling but dynasty-destroying mythical fox spirit in 2001 drama Gods of Honour, looks mighty fine in ancient Chinese garb.
Still, that’s not gonna stop people from gushing over the 54-year-old(!) Hongkong actress’ ageless beauty.
On Monday (Apr 5), Irene posted a few photos of herself in period costume at an event in Hangzhou, China as a “surprise” for her fans.
Not-so-spoiler alert: She looks absolutely gorgeous.
Needless to say, the comments section became filled with adoring remarks from netizens, such as: “She hasn’t aged even after 20 years”, “Daji is back to charm the world again”, “You are still so beautiful” and “Which fairy is this? I really want to strike up a conversation with her”.
However, visiting Hangzhou is always a bittersweet affair for Irene as it was the hometown of her late mother.
“Whenever I’m in Hangzhou, I will think of my mother and miss her very much,” she said. “There seem to be shadows and traces of my mother in every corner especially when I’m eating, which is when I will miss my mother’s delicious cooking even more. I really miss my mother’s Shanghai rice cakes.”
While she may live a life of luxury now (home is said to be a fancy S$3.4mil abode in Hongkong’s idyllic Clearwater Bay neighbourhood), Irene actually grew up as the youngest of eight children in a family that was so poor, her mother was once forced to sell her into adoption as a child.
When Irene was five, her mother said she was going to take her to visit an uncle. Her mother then received a sum of money and told Irene to go home with the uncle, but the poor girl kept screaming and refused to let go of her mum.
Fortunately, this heartbreaking sight made the uncle take pity on her and give up on the adoption, and Irene was able to continue living with her family.
Despite this dramatic incident, Irene never held it against her mother as she understands that she was in a very difficult situation back then.