Rep Sheet Roundup: 3 Arts Signs First Non-Asian Alum of Beijing Film Academy
THR’s at-a-glance look at the week in representation news
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Gong xi, Ma Tai!
3 Arts has signed actor Matt William Knowles, a South Carolina native who has built a career in China over the past half-decade. The former Clemson University defensive end and civil engineering major had NFL aspirations until a senior-year knee injury forced him to rethink his plans. After graduation, he moved to a relatively impoverished province in southeastern China to serve as an English teacher, where he was scouted as a model. As his fluency in Mandarin developed, he transitioned to TV hosting and acting, and in 2013 was offered a scholarship to the Beijing Film Academy, where he became the prestigious school’s first Caucasian student. Knowles’ most prominent role to date has been a recurring part in China’s hit 2015-16 suspense drama Love Me If You Dare, and he next has a major role as a mythic demigod in Alibaba’s $100 million fantasy adventure Asura. Now based in Los Angeles, Knowles is looking to establish himself in his home country.