Birthday: 18-01-1979
Age: 40
Star sign: Aquarius

Jay Chou was born to parents who were both school teachers, in Linkou, Taiwan, where he was brought up. His mother’s inclination towards art field helped her notice Chou’s liking for music and enrolled him for piano classes at a tender age. At a very young age, he was enthralled by music and various other sounds and always looked to capture them in his tape recorder.

He was inspired Chopin and still looks for inspiration from him. After his parents had got separated, he went through a troubled time at school as his batch mates mocked about his parents’ divorce. He became isolated and was only interested in listening music, and he preferred to remain alone. During his years in Tamkang Senior High School, he developed a liking for pop music and devoted the time in writing lyrics after he majored in piano and got his minor in Cello.

He was rendered from mandatory military services after he got diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis after sustaining an injury while playing and in the meanwhile he took a job of a waiter. In 1998. Chou was signed up for a talent show called Super New Talent King by his friend and, later on, Jacky Wu, who was hosting the show and is an influential figure in Taiwanese music industry scouted the young Chou. He signed up Chou as contract lyricist for his record label Alfa Music and told that he would help Chou release his debut album if he provides him 100 compositions.

In 2000, he released his debut album called Jay, consisting of 10 music scores that he provided to Wu, Chou’s style of music was interesting as he made a fusion of Chinese classical music and Western music in order develop R&B, Rock and Rap music. Since then Chou has come out with many entertaining and popular music tracks through his albums such as Fantasy (2001), The Eight Dimensions (2002), Ye Hui Mein (2003) and much more with his latest work Aiyo, Not Bad came out in 2014.

He has shown that he is a multi-talented personality as he ventured into the field of acting in 2005 with a cameo role in Hidden Track (2003), and then he was seen playing the lead role in Initial D for which he won the Best Newcomer Actor Award at Golden Horse Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards. In the following year he was a supporting actor in the film Curse of the Golden Flower, since then he has done many movies including Kung Fu Dunk, The Green Hornet, the Viral Factor and is currently involved in Now You See Me 2 with Daniel Radcliff.

Chou has successfully tried his hand at film direction with his directorial debut in Secret and then in 2013; he released The Rooftop. He has written an autobiography known as Grandeur de D Major. Chou is happily married to Hannah Quinlivan since 2014 after dating each other for over four years and is blessed with a baby girl at the beginning of 2015.

Javier Bardem English Actor

Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem was born into a Spanish family from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Canary Islands in Spain. His family has been involved in the Spanish film industry for many generations, his mother Pilar Bardem was an actor herself. As a kid he spent most of his time in the sets of the films, by the age of six, he performed as a child artist for Fernando Fernan Gomez’s El Picaro (The Scoundrel). He played rugby at the school level and went on to represent the junior Spanish National Team. Just like most of the children from film backgrounds, Javier never wanted to be a part of the family business but soon recognized his interest in the works of art. He went to Madrid to study painting at Escuela de Artes y Oficios and took some part time acting jobs to support his career. Javier kept on doing small roles after he realized that he was not good at painting and even considered his options with acting. He made his first impact as an actor at the age of 20, when he played a cameo role in The Ages of Lulu, along with his mother. His performance in Lulu impressed the director who later cast him as the protagonist, who played the role of an underwear model and a bullfighter in his next directorial venture in 1992 named Jamon Jamon. Soon, Javier’s talent got noticed by the directors from English Speaking Regions. He bagged his first role as a Santeria-practicing robber in an English movie Perdita Durango by director Alex de la Iglesia but before that he got an offer of a role from John Malkovich, but he turned down the offer because of his poor English skills. His performance as a Cuban poet-Reinaldo Arenas in the drama film, 'Before Night Falls' directed by Julian Schnabel, he gained worldwide recognition for his role, was nominated in the Best Actors category for the Academy Awards and was praised his icon, Al Pacino. He entered the Hollywood with a concise role of a crime lord in the movie Collateral. In 2008, he went on to win Academy Awards, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor in Supporting Role for his performance as Anton Chigurh, a sociopathic killer in the movie No Country for Old Man. In the same year, he was part of another adaptation based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ novel ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’. He appeared as Juan Antonio for Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona alongside Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson. He won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, for a role that was written with Bardem on the mind of director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for his movie Biutiful. He got nominated for the Academy Award again in the category of the Best Actor. After turning down offers to work on TV shows, he signed up for the antagonist role in Skyfall- a Bond movie in 2012, later in the same year he was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Since 2012, he has been involved in To The Wonder, The Counselor, The Last Face, The Gunman and many more. He is presently working on his role for the next installment of Pirates of the Caribbean series. Javier is a very talented actor who adapts to his role very convincingly. Even after such fame and his upbringing Bardem is a very kind and modest person and considers himself as a worker rather than an actor. He got married to his co- worker from Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Penelope Cruz in 2010 after dating each other for three years and are blessed with a son and a daughter.

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Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez was born to Mexican-American parents Isis and Javier Hernandez Sr. he grew up in Montebello, California. He is third in order amongst his siblings followed by a young sister named Amelia. While Jay was young, he went Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead; later on, he switched to Schurr High School during his senior year in the place where he grew up. While taking the elevator in a skyscraper of Los Angeles, he came across Howard Tyner, who was a talent scout manager. Tyner advised Jay that he’s got talent and can thrive in Hollywood. He signed him up to an acting school and sent his portfolios to various casting scouts across Hollywood. He got his first breakthrough with the NBC TV series known as Hang Time, where he got the role of Antonio Lopez, the show ran on TV from 1998 till 2000. In 1999, he was seen in a cameo role on TV series USA High. After his impressive works in TV shows he made his Hollywood debut with Living The Life, he impressed with his on-screen presence as well as with his Mexican charisma. Since then, his career has gone forward without looking back, he has featured in many TV shows as well in movies. He has given some superb performances with the likes of Crazy/Beautiful, Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power, Hostel and World Trade Center. He has mostly appeared in action thrillers; he has managed to work in TV series along with his commitment to his film projects. This year he was seen playing the roles of Sergeant Reyes and Dean in Max and The Night is Young respectively. Currently, he is working on the sets of Suicide Squad playing the role of El Diablo/Chato Santana. He has been successfully married to his co-star from Hang Time, Danielle Deutscher.

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