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Pacific Rim Uprising Star Wesley Wong Says Prepping for a Shirtless Scene 'Pushes Your Limits'
Hong Kong-born actor Wesley Wong makes his Hollywood movie debut in the new sci-fi thriller Pacific Rim Uprising — and he tried his best to steal scenes from stars John Boyega and Scott Eastwood. Especially a shirtless scene.

The 31-year-old — who received his master's degree from the Beijing Film Academy after graduating from the University of Southern California — learned about Hollywood's less glamorous side as he prepped with a strict diet and exercise regimen for six months.

"We had a fitness trainer and a nutritionist on set throughout the whole process," says Wong, who's featured as One to Watch in this week's issue of  PEOPLE. "So from day one it was basically bulking everything for me. The trainer was with us for five days a week, training everyday. I was actually the heaviest of my life. I've never been that heavy and it was specifically to prepare for that shirtless scene."

Wong continues, "That's part of it, looking like the role. It's pushes your limits to see how far you can go."


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Wong's parents, Angie Chiu and Melvin Wong, are both successful actors in China, but he wasn't pressured to go into the family business.

"Since I was a kid they absolutely didn't want a specific direction for me to go," Wong says. "They've always stressed the importance of finding my own passion in life."

But once he completed college at USC, Wong made up his mind to follow in his parents' footsteps.

"My dad took me aside as I was about to graduate. He was asking me what my plans were; whether I was going to

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