Lately, people have been asking me "What's Up with my Chinese name?" So I figured I'd better send out this message in an attempt to clear the air.
From when I was born to all of my life up until now, my Chinese name has been 吴 振 宇 Wu Zhen Yu. However, since I entered the entertainment industry in Asia almost nine years ago, people have always had a good laugh with that name because there is another Hong Kong actor named Francis Ng with a similar sounding name, 吴 镇 宇. Here's a picture of Francis:
Actually, the first movie I ever did entitled "逆 我 着 死 Never Compromise" was even with Francis. We had a good laugh about how our similar Chinese names.
Although I heard that Francis's Chinese name is really a stage name and not his birthname, he has definitely made this name his own. He's firmly established himself as one of the most respectable and hardworking actors in the Hong Kong movie industry...and all of Asia for that matter.
For years, I've had people tell me to go change my Chinese name because everyone is always getting confused and mixing me up with Francis. Now that I have decided to finally make a "push" into the vast China market, I have ultimately decided to officially change my Chinese name to吴 振 天Wu Zhen Tian. Therefore, I have adopted this so-called stage name for my future endeavors here in China and in Chinese media.
I must admit I am not the most superstitious person, but one of my longtime friends wanted to check and ask a fortuneteller. Fortunately, the name seems to be "auspicious" enough so I've decided to stick with it and see where I go...or where it takes me.
Hopefully, this helps clear up some of the confusion regarding my Chinese name, and you won't have to worry about wondering which actor is it really with the same Chinese name! Of course, there's always the possibility that I'm making this matter even more complicated, but I do hope one day that it does simplify everything. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
At the very least, I don't know anyone in the entertainment industry with my English name (yet) so I can still hold on to that one!