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Wu at the Elle Run with Style event in 2019
Wu Ying-chieh (吳映潔)
11 August 1989
|Also known as||Gemma
Gui Gui (鬼鬼)
Oh Young-gyul (오영결)
|Associated acts||Hey Girl|
- Early life
- Awards and nominations
- See also
Wu Ying-chieh, nicknamed Gui Gui, was born in Keelung City, Taiwan on 11 August 1989, and is the only child of divorced parents. In her early childhood, the family moved frequently, and this resulted in her having to attend five different elementary schools. Wu briefly attended the Dao Jiang Senior High School of Nursing & Home Economics (臺北市私立稻江高級護理家事職業學校) before transferring to Zhuangjing Senior Vocational School in the Xindian District of Taipei, where she became classmates with JPM's Wang Zi.
Regarding the origin of her alias, Gui Gui (literally: Ghost), Wu has explained that she is "full of reckless things" (Chinese: 古靈精怪) and adopted a phonological pun on the Chinese idiom (Chinese: "鬼”靈精怪) to describe herself as having an eccentric or impish personality.
2005–2009: Variety and musical debut
In November 2005, Wu debuted as one of the original members of Blackie's Teenage Club (Chinese: 我愛黑澀會), a variety show seeking talents for the television network, Channel [V]. After three rounds of casting, Wu was recruited to join Hei Se Hui Mei Mei (Chinese: 黑澀會美眉), a nine-member Taiwanese girl group established c. 2006. Though the group's name was a clever play on the words "Hei She Hui" (Chinese: 黑社會; literally "black society; triad") and "Mei Mei" (Chinese: 妹妹; literally "sisters"), it was renamed Hey Girl (Chinese: 黑Girl) after a label change and the launch of their first self-titled album in August 2008.
In April 2009, Channel V's director, Andy Chang, responded to rumors of Wu leaving his agency. He expressed that though she was unlikely to renew her contract, the singer would partake in group activities per usual since Hey Girl's record contract did not belong to Channel V. Yet, despite Chang's statement, Wu was notably absent from their album promotions, and on 6 May 2009, he confirmed her departure from both Hey Girl and Channel V's management.
2007–2015: Transition into acting
In 2007, Wu announced her acting debut with the idol drama, Brown Sugar Macchiato. However, the drama was viewed more as an "introductory chapter" to the two groups, Hey Girl and Lollipop F, than a major production. After thirteen episodes, the series ended on 7 October 2007, and an official soundtrack was released with songs from Lollipop and Hey Girl.
In 2008, Wu starred in Mysterious Incredible Terminator, opposite of Aaron Yan from Fahrenheit and Alien Huang. After the completion of M.I.T., Wu and Aaron, both widely praised for their on-screen chemistry and closeness, were to co-star in Taiwanese drama Momo Love. Yet, filming was halted due to Yan's scheduling conflicts, and once resumed, Wu and Aaron were replaced by Cyndi Wang and Jiro Wang, respectively.
Following a two-year hiatus, Wu signed with Polyface Entertainment Media Group in 2011 and returned to the small screen with I, My Brother (我和我的兄弟·恩). Later that year, Wu was cast in the television version of Painted Skin (TV series), in collaboration with Fiona Sit, Chen Yi Rong, and Li Zhong Han. It was also this opportunity that allowed Wu to shift her focus to the Chinese market.
In 2012, Wu debuted on the big screen with a three part-film series, The Four, starring Ronald Cheng, Anthony Wong, Deng Chao, and Liu Yifei. In February 2013, she was cast in the Korean reality show, We Got Married with Ok Taecyeon, of South Korean boy band 2PM, as her virtual husband. Regarding this experience, she has commented, "I feel thankful that you found me. I think the fact that I was able to do this show was a gift from the up above."
In the consecutive years, Wu has starred in Chinese TV dramas: Legend of Lu Zhen, Incisive Great Teacher (犀利仁師), A Different Kind of Pretty Man (不一樣的美男子), Roommate Diaries (一男三女合租記), The Four (2015 TV series), The Girl Wearing Tassel Earrings (戴流蘇耳環的少女) and The Legend of the Flying Daggers (飛刀又見飛刀 (2016年電視劇)).
2016–present: Musical comeback
On 7 March 2016, Wu signed with CJ E&M and returned to the music scene. In preparation for her Korean debut, she underwent a rigorous 3-month training that included vocal, choreography and Korean lessons. On 26 September, Wu released her first official music video, Sugar Rush, and on 7 October, she launched her first self-titled EP, GEMMA. Introducing the extended play, Wu stated that GEMMA represented a new identity. "G" was derived from her nickname, Ghost (Chinese: 鬼鬼), while Emma is her proclaimed English name.
In June 2017, Wu parted ways with CJ E&M, and established her personal agency Gemma Wu Studio. In October of the same year, she released the single "Knock Knock Knock" after investing NT$8 million in production works herself.
In August 2019, Wu joined Avex Taiwan and released the single "Love Me Love Me" in celebration of her thirtieth birthday. On 22 September 2020, she released her first studio album GX to commemorate her 15th debut anniversary.
|2007||Brown Sugar Macchiato||Gui Gui (as herself)||FTV, Star Chinese Channel||Acting Debut|
|2008||The Legend of Brown Sugar Chivalries||Guardian of Cult||Star TV||Cameo, Ep. 13|
|Mysterious Incredible Terminator||Li Xiao Xing / Tian Mo Xing||GTV||Female Lead|
|2009||K.O.3an Guo||Huang Yue Ying||FTV / GTV||Cameo, Ep. 44–46|
|2011||I, My Brother||Lu Wei Wei||CTV||Female Lead|
|Painted Skin||Xia Bing||TVS4, ZJTV, GTV,
Shenzhen Satellite TV
|Love Recipe||Wang Mei Ya||CTV||Supporting Role|
|2012||Dream in Blue||Shen Xiao Qi||ZJTV||Supporting Role|
|Summer Fever||Chen Wen Qing / Chen Tian Qing||CTV||Female Lead|
|2013||Female Prime Minister||He Dan Niang||Hunan TV||Supporting Role|
|2014||Incisive Great Teacher||Song Wen Wen||Dragon TV||Supporting Role|
|A Different Kind of Pretty Man||Tong Yu Chen||Hunan TV||Female Lead|
|Roommate Diaries||Li Mei Dai||Supporting Role|
|2015||The Four (2015 TV series)||Ling Yi Yi||Supporting Role|
|The Girl Wearing Tassel Earrings||Ruan Qing Tian||Hunan TV, Anhui TV||Female Lead|
|Slacker's Food Diary||Zhang An An||iQiyi, Viu (streaming media)||Female Lead|
|2016||The Legend of the Flying Daggers||Fang Ke Ke||Youku||Supporting Role|
|TBA||The Fairy Lady||Chen Xian Qi||Female Lead|
|2011||The Four||Ding Dang||Supporting Role|
|2013||The Four II|
|2014||The Four III|
|2015||Dream Holiday||Dani||Guest appearance|
|2016||Days of Our Own||Chen Yinuo||Supporting Role|
|2018||More than Blue||Bonnie||Guest appearance|
|2021||My Fairy Girl||Wu Xiao Xue||Female Lead|
|2005–2009||Blackie's Teenage Club||Ep. 79-958|
|2006–2007||Mo Fan Bang Bang Tang||Assistant host|
|2007||Mei Mei Pu Pu Feng||DJ|
|2007–2008||Fashion in House||Guest host|
|Mi Gu Celebrity School|
|2011||Genius Go Go Go|
|2013||We Got Married World Ver.||with Ok Taecyeon|
|2016||Who's the Murderer Season 1||Guest|
|2017||Who's the Murderer Season 2|
|Who's the Murderer Season 3|
|2018||Twenty-Four Hours (TV series) Season 3|
|Best Friends’ Perfect Vacation|
|Back to Field Season 2|
|Who's the Murderer Season 4|
|2019||Who's the Murderer Season 5|
|2020||Shamlet||Queen||Stage production at the National Theater in Taipei, Taiwan|
Music video appearances
|2006||"Manservant (男傭)"||Kenji Wu|
|2009||"The Sky You Can't See (你看不到的天空)"||Evan Yo|
|2011||"Missing You"||Liu Zi Qian|
|"Sticking to You"|
|"Love's Secret Recipe (愛的秘方)"||Kenji Wu|
|2013||"Love Away from Me One Meter"||Hu Xia|
|2016||"Not Letting Go"||Ben Wu|
|2020||"I Think I Love You"||曹楊 Young|
|2021||"Still Alone"||黃偉晉 Wayne Huang|
|"Knock Knock Knock"||2017||—||GX|
|"Love Me Love Me"||2019||37|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
|2013||"I Love You"||Ok Taec-yeon||We Got Married Global Edition OST|
|2018||"Small Meteor" (小流星)||Silence Wang||200 Million Years Old ClassmateOST|
|2012||"Breaking Rules" (犯規)||Summer FeverOST|
|"The Flavour Of Summer" (那年夏天的味道)|
|2018||"Kitty Bomb"||More than Blue OST|
Awards and nominations
|2009||1st Degree Idol Drama Awards||Best Female Actress||Pi Li MIT||Won|
|Best Onscreen Couple (with Aaron Yan)||Won|
|2013–2015||Sina Weibo Dream Valentines||Female Artist||Won|
|2014||Taiwan CGC Award||Most liked Female Artist||Won|
|2014||Taiwan EToday Award||Most popular Female Artist||Won|
|2014||Asia Top Ten Goddess (Voting)||Number 4 in Asia||Actress||Won|
|2016||Asia Top Ten Goddess (Voting)||Number 7 in Asia||Actress||Won|
|2017||Hito Radio Music Awards||Best New Artist (vocal and dance)||Sugar Rush||Won|
|2017||Asia Top Ten Goddess (Voting)||Number 9 in Asia||Actress and Singer||Won|
In Spanish: Gui Gui (cantante) para niños
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