Taiwanese actor Mark Chao knows quite a bit about being in a relationship with someone more successful. While the 36-year-old is one of the most buzzed-about actors of his generation and has received his fair share of accolades, his wife, Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan, is considered one of China’s top actresses and is widely-lauded for her acting chops and beauty.
When Mark and Yuanyuan went public with their relationship in 2012, he was slammed by her fans for “stealing [their] goddess” and he's continued to endure countless nasty remarks, including claims that he “lives off Gao Yuanyuan” and “is nothing but a leech”. Yikes.
Mark recently spoke to the Chinese media about his relationship with Yuanyuan, whom he married in 2014 and who he has a one-year-old daughter with. When asked about being called Mr Gao Yuanyuan, he said: "I’m a fan of hers and I’ve always encouraged her [to do more in her career]. So [being called that] doesn’t hurt my ego. Isn’t it a good thing? I don’t mind at all because it’s the truth anyway.”
The actor continued, “The two of us are best friends. We’re always there for each other and we can rely on the other party when we need it most. There’s mutual trust between us.”
Mark was also asked by the interviewer how he think he won Yuanyuan’s heart. The actor pondered for a moment before saying: “Perhaps it’s because I’m a little more romantic than the average guy. It could also be because I’m very calm and stable, and gave her a sense of security.”