5 surprising things to know about Ma Tian Yu, the enigmatic Prince Shi in Ice Fantasy
In fantasy drama Ice Fantasy, Prince Shi (Ma Tian Yu) rises to become a mysterious force in the epic battle between the Ice and Fire tribes. The brotherly bond between him and Prince Ka Suo (Feng Shao Feng), along with Ka Suo's romance with mortal warrior Li Luo (Victoria Song), are integral to the legendary tale. In real life, singer-actor Ma Tian Yu seems just as enigmatic as Prince Shi, but his own background couldn't be more different from the princely image on screen.
1. Can you tell Ma Tian Yu is 30 years old? He was born on July 12, 1986. He is also known as Ray Ma.
He enjoys running, traveling, horseback riding, and swimming. He is ethnically from the Chinese Muslim tribe of Hui.
2. He grew up in a very poor family that farmed for a living. When he was only five, he woke up finding his mother had passed away while sleeping next to him. Soon after, his alcoholic father left home, and Ma Tian Yu and his two older sister were raised by their grandparents.
To this day, he cannot bear to celebrate the annual Autumn Moon Festival, because it was during that time when his mother died.
He grew up helping his grandparents in farming, doing all sorts of menial work. He would eventually leave home in his teens to seek work.
3. The year 2006 was a turning point for him. Encouraged by friends, Ma Tian Yu competed in My Hero, a Chinese TV star search program. He was a regional champion and won 7th place nationwide, and was voted the most popular contestant. He then joined the Beijing Film Academy and released his first single.
He gained fame as a pop singer when his first album, released in 2007, became a bestseller. Aside from continuing to release more albums, he has also become a popular actor in dramas and movies.
He was even the voice actor as the fox in the 2015 animated film, The Little Prince.
4. He released a new MV on his birthday in July to thank his fans for his last 10 years.
The name of the song, The Flowers in Hand, symbolizes how a dream is sprouted from a seed and nurtured with love and determination. As it blossoms into a flower, it is loved and cared for to eventually mature into a fruit. To Ma Tian Yu, he has experienced the same journey and wants to share the feelings of blessings and joy with his fans.
SPOILER ALERT: The following is an important revelation about Ma Tian Yu's role in Ice Fantasy. If you don't want to know about it, this is the time to move on.
5. In Ice Fantasy, Ma Tian Yu actually plays 4 roles, complete with makeup and costume changes, as Prince Shi goes through transformations throughout the drama. As it turns out, he may be more dangerous than the King of the Fire tribe.
During an interview, Ma Tian Yu said he did not feel pressured in playing 4 roles. He even wanted to thank the scriptwriter for giving him an exciting experience.
Ice Fantasy stars Feng Shao Feng (Prince of Lan Ling) and f(x)'s Victoria Song as lovers caught in the epic battles between the Ice and Fire tribes. The new drama is on air on DramaFever with 6 episodes in the first week, followed by 4 episodes each week.
Are you enjoying Ice Fantasy? Who is your favorite character? Who is the least favorite?
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