"I just want to prove that I'm not only the son of Guo Degang, but I am myself," Guo Qilin said on Top Funny Comedian in 2017.
Guo Qilin, 24, an actor and comedian, has been trending on Weibo for his response about love relations on the reality show Heart Signal 3. "The right time to establish a relationship with a romantic partner should be at a moment when I fear being lonely, and I really need someone to accompany me," he explained.
Guo's clarity and self-knowledge at such a young age surprised viewers. This has played a key role in Guo's career as he knows who he is and what he wants.
His father, Guo Degang, 47, is a famous Chinese crosstalk artist. Influenced by his father, Guo became fascinated with crosstalk. At the age of 14, he dropped out of school and decided to learn crosstalk instead. Led by his father, Guo read many books and grasped the basic skills of crosstalk, which laid a solid foundation for his career.
Guo climbed the ladder to success by working on his self-control and tenacity. In order to look better onstage, he lost almost 35kg within one year. "Losing weight is a presentation for actors with good virtues," he said in an interview.
Guo once ranked first with Yue Yunpeng in the fifth season of Top Funny Comedian. However, it provoked much criticism. Viewers thought his achievement should be credited to his father's fame and Yue's performance. Even so, Guo has always stayed humble and has been trying to distance himself professionally from his father.
Guo's turning point came with the drama Joy of Life, in which Guo plays a supporting role as Fan Sizhe, transforming from a good-for-nothing young man from a wealthy family into an accomplished businessman. This role earned him a place in showbiz and respect from professionals as well as the audience.
Now, Guo's new drama My Heroic Husband is set to release this month. It is the first time that Guo has played a leading role. To make a name for himself and escape his father's shadow, Guo is on the right track.