Exclusive: Eddie Peng Talks Style

The Asian superstar talks about his second Hugo Boss eyewear campaign this year.

BY ian loh | Nov 22, 2016 | Accessories

Hugo Boss

ESQUIRE: How does it feel to work with Boss again?

EDDIE PENG: We’ve had a very good relationship, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a very cool brand to be associated with, and it helps that they have a clear vision of what they stand for.

ESQ: What do you think of Boss as a brand?

EP: To me, the brand has always been forward-looking and cutting-edge, without going too far. And I would like to think that I share that same philosophy. As an actor, it’s important that I always try to seek challenges and break new ground.

ESQ: How would you describe your personal style?

EP: Generally, I would say sporty but elegant, classic but not boring! I like to strike a balance between contemporary and timeless. It’s good to be aware of what’s in trend—the silhouette, the cut, the colours—but also not end up looking like a fashion victim! [Laughs]

ESQ: Tell us more about your experience working with Jason Wu and Inez and Vinoodh.

EP: We’ve done two shoots together already, and they were both quite exceptional experiences. Inez and Vinoodh are really fast when they shoot—very bang, bang, bang!—while Jason knows exactly what he wants and gives very clear directions. So the chemistry on set is always great. We were more relaxed this time round, when we shot in Brooklyn, and it was nice catching up with them.

ESQ: Glasses—accessory or necessity?

EP: I’ve always worn sunglasses because I do a lot of outdoor sports. So, for a long time, they were necessities. Now, I am more aware of how glasses can complement your look and image, so it’s become a combination of both! It helps that I get to see a lot more eyewear styles now, which makes it quite fun when it comes to choosing frames.

ESQ: What do you look for in a pair of glasses?

EP: The main thing for me is the fit. The glasses need to feel comfortable. It helps that most Boss Eyewear frames fit my face shape well, even though too much choice can sometimes be stressful! [Laughs] I also consider how much use I’ll be able to get out of them. It’s good to have a pair that is versatile—which I can use for sports yet not look too casual if I have to attend an event. But these days, I carry at least two pairs with me.

ESQ: Apart from glasses, what are some accessories that you always have with you?

EP: A big carryall, a cap (in case my hair is messy!), and maybe, a simple sweater or scarf to keep warm.

ESQ: You have so many movies coming out this year. Do you get time to yourself?

EP: Honestly, it’s getting harder and harder. Before production on a film can even begin, a lot of preparation is required, and this can sometimes be quite demanding if it involves getting in shape. Then, later on, there’s a hectic promotional schedule that often involves flying to different countries. If I’m lucky, I might have a few days off in between all that, which I try to spend with my family. It’s hard to do that when you’re on set.

ESQ: Describe your day when you’re not working.

EP: I just laze around and sleep in! [Laughs] I also need to stay in shape, so I’ll fit in some exercise too. If there’s time, I travel with my family. It’s nice to get away and discover new places together. I enjoy that the most.

ESQ: Will you launch something of your own one day?

EP: Like a business? I haven’t really thought about it. But who knows? If the right opportunity comes up, maybe. Right now, film projects keep me very busy. I used to do some volunteer and charity work, and that’s what I would like to do if I had more time.

ESQ: Any future projects with Boss in the pipeline?

EP: You’ll find out soon. Keep an eye out!

ESQ: What are you working on at the moment?

EP: I just finished filming The Great Escape with director Ann Hui, and am [at the time of writing] promoting my two new movies, Cold War 2 and The Call of Heroes. Immediately after this, I’ll start preparing for my next production.

ESQ: What does the term “man at his best” mean to you?

EP: When you can explore your fullest potential and aren’t afraid to fail. Too often, we underestimate our inner strengths. Your “best” doesn’t always have to mean “success”. It is about knowing how far you can stretch yourself and improve as a human being.


First published in Esquire Malaysia October 2016 issue.