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Actor Russell Wong drawn to HBO Asia series Grace because "martial arts genre is not working so well" at his age

Actor Russell Wong is uncomfortable with being a sex symbol and turns bashful in the spotlight

Published on Sep 3, 2014 12:35 PM

Asian-American actor Russell Wong is still remembered for the bad-boy swagger that he brought to the film The Joy Luck Club (1993). In person at the press conference for HBO Asia mini-series Grace, though, he comes across as unassuming, even shy and nervous.

But, like it or not, he was the leading man of the media event held at Conrad Centennial Hotel yesterday.

Co-star George Young gushes: "Russell's a legend, he's great. He comes in just super relaxed, super chill and is just a nice guy, there's no ego about him."

And off-screen, he jokes, there was "a lot of sexual tension".

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Background story

"It was a unique time for me, being the Asian lead guy, some sex appeal and all that and doing the action. It... helped to propel me out there a little bit."

Asian-American actor Russell Wong on being the lead in 1994's Vanishing Son