Prominent actor panned by neighbor for rowdy mahjong parties
- Published on Thursday, 27 January 2011 08:00
- Written by Staff
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Ethan Ruan, the 28-year-old actor who played a gangster in ‘Monga,’ is said to regularly hold boisterous mahjong parties that often last into the early morning.
Award-winning actor Ethan Ruan (阮經天) offered to apologize for upsetting a neighbor with his loud parties, but said he would have preferred to keep the dispute out of the media, which have feasted on the story.
A neighbor of the 28-year-old model-turned-actor recently complained publicly that Ruan’s frequent all-night parties at his Taipei apartment had made it impossible for her son to sleep.
Following up on the complaint, local media reported that Ruan and his girlfriend, Tiffany Hsu (許瑋甯), a model and actress, regularly hold boisterous mahjong parties on weekends and holidays.
Responding to the complaint yesterday, Ruan did not deny holding noisy bashes, but said that if his lifestyle inconvenienced his neighbor in any way, he was willing to apologize and do his best to keep the noise down.
“However, she could have come and told me face to face instead of exposing it to the media,” he said.
Ruan purchased the two-level rooftop apartment last year for NT$20 million (US$688,700, €503,000) and the space has become a popular hangout among his friends.
Ruan, a Taichung native, made a name for himself in 2008 when he starred in a romantic television series, Fated to Love You (命中注定我愛你), with TV sweetheart Joe Chen (陳喬恩). The drama was an instant hit, even catching the attention of the Wall Street Journal.
His career hit a high point last year when he won a Golden Horse for his depiction of a Wanhua District (萬華) hoodlum in the blockbuster gangster flick Monga (艋舺), which was Taiwan’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at last year’s Academy Awards.