Popular Taiwanese actress Joe Chen (Chen Qiao En) became a well-known face in the region after starring in the successful idol drama, You're My Destiny (aka Fated to Love You), last year. The 30-year-old acted as a quiet and good-hearted girl in the show, which is about an odd couple. It drew an average of 3.9 million viewers every week. It also made her and co-star Ethan Ruan the most sought-after actors for Taiwanese idol dramas.
In her latest show, Easy Fortune Happy Life, now showing on E City (StarHub Channel 56), Chen plays a country girl who meets a cold-hearted bad boy played by Blue Lan. He marries her to inherit a multi-billion-dollar family fortune.
The star, who often plays the role of the girl-next-door, wants to break out of this stereotype and play a killer or deaf-mute next. She feels such unconventional roles will give her a breakthrough in her career.
The chatty actress told Life! over the telephone from Taiwan recently: 'I want a difficult role because it will attract more attention and give me more credibility as an actress. I do not want to act in a love story, it is too boring.'
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So although I loved her in FTLY (except when she went through all her OMGSOB phases), I guess it's nice to see that she wants to try out new roles. :)