The fundraising press conference for the upcoming historical drama “Lady the Butterfly” by PTS was held on 29th. Directed by the award-winning director Tsao Jui-yuan, “Lady the Butterfly” depicts “The Rover Incident” occurring on 12 March 1867, when the American merchant ship Rover was wrecked off the coast of Taiwan and drifted into the area of modern-day Kenting.
The cast members, including Wen Chen-Ling, Fabio Grangeon, and Andrew Chau, attended the conference dressed in the costumes they wear in the drama. The main character “Die Mei,” is half-Paiwan and half-Hakka; similarly, Wen Chen-Ling, playing the biracial character, is also mixed-race, of Taiwanese, Japanese, Filipino, and Spanish descent.
Because of the comparable background, Wen Chen-Ling resonates deeply with her character. Her dad, who was half-Taiwanese and half-Japanese, passed away when she was two and Wen was raised by her mother thereafter. As her mom speaks the languages different from her Taiwanese peers, Wen admitted that she didn’t want to learn Filipino and English at all as a kid.
When asked about the reasons why he chose Wen Chen-Ling to play the character “Die Mei” instead of an aboriginal actress, Tsao explained, “‘Die Mei’ is a complicated character, and Wen is experienced enough to take up the challenge. To better interpret the character, Wen even dedicates an hour to learn Paiwan every day, and listens to the recordings every night before she sleeps.”
Starting from August, “Lady the Butterfly” will be shot in Pingtung county. About the upcoming show, Wen said, “Shooting ‘Lady the Butterfly’ is not going to be an easy task, but we will do our best and accomplish it together.”