He was in the same tenth grade class as fellow actor Nicholas Tse. He spoke English as his first language before learning Cantonese and Mandarin later on.
He speaks some Japanese as well. Film[ edit ] In , a talent scout approached Chen while he was clubbing with friends in Hong Kong.
He asked him to film a commercial. He was aged 19  when he was featured in a Leon Lai 's Citibank commercial. In the early s he starred alongside Cecilia Cheung in a commemorative subway commercial.
Determined to expand his horizons to countries around the world, he also starred in the Japanese drama Under the Same Moon. He was offered a small role in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift but he declined.
He also filmed a cameo as a thug in The Dark Knight but because of the scandal, his role was reduced and was seen very briefly as a receptionist instead.
Some reports states that he was originally cast to play Lau, a corrupted Chinese Accountant, which was played by Chin Han. He made his comeback in an Asian American film called Almost Perfect which he and his co-stars have been spending time promoting on several film festivals. The filming of the movie was scheduled to begin in but it has been delayed indefinitely. After eight years of doing short roles, he is officially making a comeback to the entertainment business after he was spotted filming for Lou Ye 's new project in Guangzhou in April The segment also said "Regardless of the difficulty or chaos, the song is dedicated to HK: In , at the age of 20, Chen landed a record deal with Emperor Entertainment Group.
It took him a number of successful album releases before he was given the opportunity to produce a hip hop album. Several singles from the album topped local pop charts. Chen mentioned the difficulty of fitting in Hong Kong, where it is dominated by cantopop , but said that hip hop has a great potential. Additional collaborations include Sammi Cheng and Jay Chou.
Fashion[ edit ] Edison's foray into the fashion industry accompanied his rising success as a young pop icon. Community work[ edit ] As early as Chen had appeared in Vancouver charity shows. He has also been a supporter for the gay and lesbian community in Hong Kong, including being voted as an icon in Chen eventually caught up to the two individuals as they were trying to board a bus. They were turned over to Hong Kong Police. As a result of the incident, Chen reported that he sprained his ankle and that his cheekbone and ear were also injured.
Chen declined to press charges and the two individuals were released. Their mother asked me to forgive them. I went to the hospital and got checked out and since it's just bruises, I decided to let it go. The gate was blocked by a Toyota Crown Comfort taxi that had just dropped off its passengers. The taxi driver then signaled Chen to move away so he could pull out, clearing the way for Chen to enter.
Chen's security guard told the taxi driver to pull over so that Chen could pass. The taxi driver insulted the security guard. Chen proceeded to have an argument with the taxi driver.
Despite the presence of the security guard and other witnesses, he got out of his car and kicked the taxi several times, denting it and breaking all its windows.
He was subsequently charged by the police. On the basis of these charges he was convicted and placed on a one-year good behavior bond. Edison Chen photo scandal In January , Chen was involved in a widely publicised sex scandal when sexually explicit nude photographs of himself taken four years earlier became widely circulated on the Internet.
Chen was never accused of uploading the photos himself and a computer technician was later sentenced for accessing Chen's computer during a repair. Nude photos of Edison's ex-girlfriend, Vincy Yeung, were also made public and the future of their relationship was the subject of intense media gossip. Hong Kong police have stated that they confiscated a collection of sex-related photos that involve six other identifiable females and other unidentifiable males.
Initially the authenticity of the photos was denied, and digital manipulation was used as the primary explanation for the pictures. However, Hong Kong police and Photoshop experts argued that the photos were in fact real and not digitally altered. This brought about a serious reaction towards all parties involved in the scandal.
As a result, Chen made a public apology in English to the Hong Kong people and the women involved and indirectly admitted his role and expressed remorse and subsequently announced his indefinite departure from the Hong Kong entertainment industry at a press conference. Their relationship was revealed after photos of them together hugging and kissing each other were leaked online and later, the year-old model stated that her phone was lost. It was later revealed that Chen had sent text messages to Tse, asking her to pose for him in swimsuits and school uniforms.
Tse confirmed that there were no nude photos. Chen later told the media that when he met Tse, he thought that their relationship could go further on but because of what happened, he decided to pull back before confirming that he is still single.
The fan who took the pictures uploaded the pictures into her Weibo account and stated how very disappointed she was by his actions, because it was such a rare chance for her to get to meet Chen in Paris and it was very sad for her to be treated in that way by the actor.
The public's reaction was mixed, as some stated that the fan was being impolite for photographing Chen on a private day out, but other netizens commented that he should have responded more politely because after all, he is a public figure. The man accused Chen throwing away his ID card , and both had some physical contact.
Apparently, Chen was upset at him for trying to cut him in line. They were later taken to the police station but were not charged as they made a settlement.
Although Lin's agency responded to the media by claiming she did not know Chen, and could not have done anything that could have offended him, it was later said that Lin and Chen's Chinese supermodel girlfriend, Shu Pei Qin did not get along, and Lin excluded her from taking part in a fashion show.
It was also revealed that Lin had no knowledge of Qin being excluded from the show. Lin joined the show because it involved a charity project and she did not know of Qin's involvement.
However, Chen responded to Lin's legal action against him by posting on his Weibo, both in English and Chinese,: Think about what happened in the past few days and ask yourself, why don't they just sue me? On an entertainment show in Taiwan, Chen disclosed that he planned to marry Vincy and that his previous playboy and womanising habits have stopped because of his love for his current girlfriend. However, the photo scandal which involved Tse's then-wife, Cecilia Cheung ended their friendship.
In , Chen almost ran into Tse when they were both at the same building in Hong Kong but they missed each other by twenty minutes. Chen reportedly walked away from that area after he was told that Tse was nearby. Coincidentally, both apologies were made on an airplane.
Seven years after his photo scandal, Chen said that he would not change a thing if he could go back in time. Even though some unhappy incidents have occurred in the past, I never had any evil intent and did not do those things on purpose. They were an accident," he added.