George was born and raised in New York City to parents of Taiwanese descent. After signing a contract in March 2005, he moved to Taiwan to pursue an acting career. Since he spoke few words and couldn’t read or write in Chinese, he spent his first year learning the language and memorizing the lines to his first drama, “Emerald on the Roof.”
|The ‘Emerald on the Roof’ cast (left to right): George Hu, Sun Li, Yvonne Yao, Wallace Huo|
He Has Secret 6-Pack Abs (Ladies, This Is for You!)
George wasn’t always known for having a great body. He only started training to resemble a championship swimmer for his role as a swimming captain in the 2009 Taiwanese drama “ToGetHer” with Rainie Yang. We’d say his hard work definitely paid off!
He Knows How to Defend Himself and Protect Others!
At age 7, George began training in Chinese martial arts at the New York Wutang Chinese Martial Arts Institute. His mother was a huge influence on getting him involved because she had martial arts training herself. He participated in and received first place in several martial arts competitions. By age 17, he was appointed as an instructor at Wutang.
|George meditating side-by-side with Annie on the set of ‘Love, Now’|
He Is College Educated With a Degree from St. John’s University
In 2004, George graduated from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphic Design. Shortly thereafter, he was scouted and asked to audition for a talent agency due to his boyish good looks and model height while he was visiting family and friends in Taiwan.
|George Hu is pictured here modeling for MILK magazine|
He Can Sing and Play Musical Instruments
With talents like these, get ready for romantic nights and serenades from George Hu! Well, we can dream, right? In his spare time, George enjoys playing the viola and electric guitar. His skills were put to the test after his first leading role in Taiwanese drama “K.O. 3an Guo.” He and his co-stars formed a five-member boy band called “Wu Hu Jiang,” or “Tiger Team” in English.
Watch him sing “Kiss Me” in English below.
Let’s all wish the happiest of birthdays to George Hu! What were you surprised to learn about the birthday boy? Feel free to share your love for George in the comments!