Qi, who has spent time working in China, Malaysia and Singapore over the past two years, recently won Best Actor at the 2021 Star Awards for his work in the Mediacorp-produced Chinese time travel drama series A Quest to Heal. He was also a finalist for the Best Actor category at this year’s New York Festivals TV and Film Awards. On the day of our shoot, the Guangzhou-born Qi walks into the studio looking like a lean, bronzed demigod, the result of many hours running and exercising under the sun. “I’ve learned to find joy amidst hard times,” he shares, “and also realised how adaptable human beings are in ever-changing situations. There’s only so much one could do indoors, with all the restrictions over the past year. I took to running outdoors and sunbathing on my balcony.” Pointing to the freckles on his cheeks and toned arms, Qi adds: “I don’t think I’ve ever been this tanned, so today’s photos will also serve as a memento of my days during the pandemic.” He requests for the makeup artist to not conceal his sunspots, “because this is what I look like now and I want to keep it real”.
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