Ethan Juan

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Ethan Juan
2010TIBE Day4 Hall1 Monga Photobook Event Ethan Ruan.jpg
Ethan Juan at Taipei International Book Exhibition Monga Photobook Event in 2010
Background information
Chinese name 阮經天 (traditional)
Chinese name 阮经天 (simplified)
Pinyin Ruǎn Jīngtiān (Mandarin)
Pe̍h-ōe-jī Ńg Keng-thian (Hokkien)
Born Juan Ching-tien
(1982-11-08) 8 November 1982 (age 35)
Taichung, Taiwan
Other names Ethan Ruan
Ruan Jing-tian
Alma mater Hsing Wu University
Years active 2002–present
Ancestry Taizhou, Zhejiang, China
Golden Horse Awards
Best Leading Actor
2010 Monga

Ethan Juan (traditional Chinese: 阮經天; simplified Chinese: 阮经天; pinyin: Ruǎn Jīngtiān; Wade–Giles: Juan Ching-t'ien, born 8 November 1982) is a Taiwanese actor and model. He rose to prominence with the Taiwanese television series Fated to Love You (2008). Juan won the Best Actor award at the 47th Golden Horse Awards for his role in Monga in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Juan grew up in Taichung, Taiwan, he comes from a military family: his father is a soldier, his mother a military nurse, and his younger brother is an airforce pilot. As a competitive swimmer in his early years, Juan's numerous achievements and awards (including first place at the Taichung City Duathlon) gained him admission into the highly prestigious National Teaching First Senior High School. However, owing to his rebellious streak as a teenager, he eventually dropped out; only graduating after numerous transfers in five different high schools. Thereafter, he held several part-time jobs.

During this time, Juan also attended and later graduated from the private Hsing Wu University with a major in Tourism, it was in 2002 when he accompanied a friend to an audition that he was discovered by the talent agency and began his first showbiz career starring in Penny Tai's music video for "Once Fell In Love" (愛過). Juan was a full-time adult model before turning to mainstream acting.[1]

Military career[edit]

Juan served one year of alternative service in lieu of military service due to his flat feet (a recognized medical condition) in Taiwan, and was discharged on January 11, 2013,[2] during his post at the Ministry of Education in New Taipei City, he received a monthly salary of NT$9,955.[3]

After his release from military service, his long-term contract expired with Catwalk, on 5 March 2013, Juan announced that he will be opening a talent management agency together with Doze Niu and Lee Lieh).[4]


Juan began his career in the adult entertainment industry with Catwalk Modelling Agency, as a model, he starred in the music videos of several popular artists, including but not limited to Stefanie Sun, A-Mei and S.H.E. He made his debut in the 2004 television series Michael the Archangel. Subsequently, Juan took on other dramas such as Green Forest, My Home (2005) and Summer x Summer (2006).[citation needed]

However, despite proving to be a promising actor, Juan's career failed to take off, he only made a measly amount of NT$200,000 per year. It was only after he starred in the 2008 drama, Fated to Love You that he managed to achieve breakthrough. Fated to Love You was the highest rated Taiwanese idol drama.[5][1]

He increasingly gained recognition and popularity for his acting skills, this was followed by another hit drama, My Queen in 2009.[6]

In 2010, Juan's won the Best Leading Actor award at the 47th Golden Horse Awards for his role in the gangster film Monga.[7]

In 2014, Juan reunited with Monga director Doze Niu in the military film Paradise in Service, which earned him a nomination at the Asian Film Awards for Best Actor.[8][9]



Year English title Original title Role Notes
2007 Exit No. 6 六號出口 Vance
Brotherhood of Legio 神選者 Ah Jian
2008 Orz Boyz 囧男孩 Scammer Cameo
2009 New Boy Jiali 男生贾里新传 Teacher Cha Cameo
L-O-V-E 愛到底 Xiao Tian Segment "Lucky" (幸運)
2010 Monga 艋舺 Monk (He Tianyou)
2012 Love Xiao Kuan
The Guillotines 血滴子 Team Leader Cold
2014 Paradise in Service 軍中樂園 Xiao Bao
2015 The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan 暴走神探 Fan Ruyi
The Assassin 聶隱娘 Xia Jing
Cities in Love 戀愛中的城市 Xiao Mai
2016 Kill Time 謀殺似水年華 Qiu Shou
New York New York 纽约纽约 Lu Tu
Never Said Goodbye 谎言西西里 Tian Bo
2017 The Liquidator 心理罪之城市之光 Jiang Ya
2018 Detective Dee - The Four Heavenly Kings
2019 Knight of Shadows

Television series[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2004 Michael the Archangel's Dance 米迦勒之舞 Ghost
2005 Green Forest, My Home 綠光森林 Owen
2006 Hanazakarino Kimitachihe 花樣少年少女 Shen Le
2007 Summer x Summer 熱情仲夏 Qiao Shan
Wayward Kenting 我在墾丁天氣晴 Shao Nan
2008 Fated to Love You 命中注定我愛你 Ji Cunxi
Invincible Shan Bao Mei 無敵珊寶妹 Ji Cunxi Cameo
2009 My Queen 敗犬女王 Lucas
2017 The Weasel Grave 鬼吹燈之黃皮子墳 Hu Bayi Web series
2018 Legend of Fuyao 扶摇皇后 Zhangsun Wuji

Variety show[edit]

Year English title Original title Notes
2016 Date ! Super Star 約吧!大明星 Cast member

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Year English title Original title Album Notes
2005 "Brave Happiness" 勇敢的幸福 Green Forest, My Home OST
"Three Words" 三个字
2010 "Bravely Love" 勇敢爱 N/A
"Tonight Tonight" N/A Monga OST
"Once" N/A
2012 "Those Were the Days" 友情岁月 The Guillotines OST with Huang Xiaoming & Shawn Yue

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 47th Golden Horse Awards Best Actor Monga Won
54th Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Actor Nominated
2011 5th Asian Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2015 9th Asian Film Awards Paradise in Service Nominated
2016 8th Macau International Movie Festival Best Supporting Actor Never Said Goodbye Nominated


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