Joe Chen (陳喬恩) is a cast member on the Chinese variety show, “Meeting Mr. Right 2” (女儿们的恋爱2), where she tries dating a male guest, Alan Chen, (曾伟昌) who was selected by the show. In the latest episode, while she and Alan Chen are eating dinner, he tells her how he was upset when he read the news about netizens criticizing his looks. He recounted how he would look at the mirror and say to himself, “Even though I’m not good looking, but I’m not that bad looking, am I?” Joe Chen then mentions she is 9 years older than him. She is 40 years old to his 31. He then asks her when she debuted. Joe Chen tells him 18 years ago.
During their conversation, Joe Chen mentions how netizens had once called her “old and fat”, “Auntie Chen”, “half tender”, and other rude names. Joe Chen then says, “As an actress, once you’ve reached a certain age, they will always say “40 Year Old Chen Qiaoen Joins Reality Dating Show”. But they will never say this about male actors, 40 year old so and so, 50 year old so and so. Is the value of an actress just based on their age? So you don’t need to remind my of my age. Everyone reminds me I’m 40. People will age and grow old.”
Joe Chen continues saying, “I can’t treat my work as the most important part of my life. I want even more time to spend with myself.” After the episode aired, an outpour of netizens showed their support for Joe Chen, saying, “Don’t use age to measure a person.”, “Joe Chen lives very transparently. Her condition and mindset are both very good.”, “Those people who judge you, can’t see this type of beauty.”
After the show aired, Joe Chen also posted the following, “No matter at what age, you need to love yourself. Whether you’re happy or not, remember to hug yourself. You are the most important.”