Text/Editorial Team of This Weekly
At the 2022 Golden Bell Awards Ceremony, Xia Jingting is doomed to return empty-handed. This actor who has been in the industry for 37 years, this time, he was not shortlisted for half of the awards.
However, during the ceremony, the host Zeng Baoyi walked straight to the auditorium, and then called Lao Xia who was sitting there. Among the 5 works shortlisted for the Best Drama Program Award, “Scaro”, “The Cultivation of a Vulgar Girl 2”, “Adverse Situation”, “Tea Gold” and “The Beginning of the Chinese Lantern”, Xia Jingting can be seen in all but “Chinese Lantern”. Emotionally said: “As long as you are a good actor, there are no small roles!”
The “good actor” Xia Jingting stood up, applause broke out at the scene, Lao Xia looked a little shy, and looked a little at a loss… But at this time, he is the protagonist. Xia Jingting, 58 years old this year, said, “I used to care a lot about (awards), but when I didn’t care so much, the comment of “good actor” came instead.”
The first half of Xia Jingting’s life was not smooth. He was addicted to drugs and was imprisoned twice.
Xia Jingting’s father was a soldier who came to Taiwan with the national army. After retiring from the army, he started a handmade leather shoe business. Xia Jingting was born at the age of 40. “Father came to Taiwan alone, so of course he has very high demands on his son.” Since childhood, he was raised in a high-pressure education, but even though his father wanted his son to become a success, he did not have much talent for reading.
After graduating from junior high school, Xia Jingting was admitted to the China High School. At the age of 18, the depression in the past suddenly broke out and he began to rebel. The first major regret in his life also came to him at this moment. “I was often beaten by my father since I was a child. One day, I finally had a big fight with him.” After the quarrel, Xia Jingting slammed the door and ran away until returning home the next day, “But my younger brother told me that my father died…”
It turned out that after the quarrel, my father hid alone in the toilet and drank alcohol, and unexpectedly died of a heart attack. “I felt like he was mad at me. At the moment, I didn’t cry. I didn’t cry until I saw him in the freezer for the last time. “Xia Jingting said.
Xia Jingting recalled his origins in acting, “At the age of 16, I saw the film production association’s actor training class recruiting students, and I didn’t know why I took the exam. …My father actually knew that I would take the road of acting, but he had never seen my acting. “Accumulating works one after another, Xia Jingting finally entered Taiwan TV and became an actor who can rely on acting skills for a living.
However, being young and frivolous, he took the wrong path. “Around 1976, I started to touch amphetamines.” In 1989, he was arrested and imprisoned. “I stayed in prison for more than a year.” Xia Jingting was very impressed. There were 23 people crowded in the small cell of the black prison, scabies came out from the bug bites, and the skin on every prisoner’s body was festered.
After being released from prison, Xia Jingting had to face the society again as a rehabilitated person, but the eyes of outsiders only made him feel anxious, “I suffered from depression, and thinking about it now, in fact, others have no obligation to help me, but at that time, as long as I encountered a little I couldn’t take it if I looked at other people’s eyes. So, I touched amphetamines again.”
Soon, he was put into a rehabilitation center again, and he left again in 2007. “When I saw my mother, I realized that she was in her 70s… I saw my old dog for 18 years. It was waiting for me to come back, but the tumor had grown all over its body.” The old dog soon Gone, “I was 41 years old at that time… I suddenly felt that I had wasted such a long life.” Xia Jingting spent 41 years on the life credit of “Courage to Change”, and finally got the hang of it.
He took over PTV’s “Thirty Seconds Later”. In 2009, he won the Golden Bell Award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series; he was also awarded by Oscar director Peter. Verdakowski, starred in the movie “Mystery at Sea”.
In 2016, he was introduced by a friend to marry Lu Pei’s charming wife. Xia Jingting, who used to be like a lone wolf, now has a wife and a pair of boys who are 3 and 4 years old. “I’m thinking, maybe it’s not that I did a good job, it’s God who gave you your child and gave you plenty of nutrients.” He said with a smile, “Those God-given nutrients also include past crooked trials.”
The absurdity of the past has turned into a new nutrient for life. He laughed: “People ask me my goal? I always say that I hope to live longer and grow up with my children!”For more content, please refer to the latest issue of “Weekly Today” (No. 1362)
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