Thursday, April 23, 2009

Witwisit Hiranyawongkul Photos Pictures Biography

Witwisit Hiranyawongkul (Thai: พิช-วิชญ์วิสิฐ หิรัญวงศ์กุล’, born July 20, 1989) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a Thai actor and singer.


Early life

Witwisit Hiranyawongkul, popularly nicknamed Pitch or Pchy, was born and raised in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

He attended Catholic school Montfort College since early age and spent 12 years there. A talented singer, Pitch was the lead singer in his high school band and music has always been a big part of his life. Pitch enjoys hip hop, R&B, gospel and soul music. He plays the piano and composes music in his free time.

Besides music, Witwisit is also a fan of the Japanese manga series Nodame Cantabile and Lomography.[citation needed] He brought his camera to the set of The Love of Siam.[citation needed]

His favourite quote is "No one is PERFECT".

Student life

Pitch attended Montfort College, a prestigious school in Chiang Mai. He entered the Thai entertainment business at the age of 17 while he was still in grade 12. He was discovered in his hometown by Chukiat Sakweerakul, writer and director of The Love of Siam. Chukiat is an alumni of Montfort College and met Pitch because of their common music interests.

At grade 12, Pitch decided that he would major in Communications at university. In one interview, he expressed "I like to write and tell stories, my friends always tell me they enjoy reading what I write."[cite this quote] He was admitted to the Faculty of Communications, Chiang Mai University.

He declined the offer because he had already started filming The Love of Siam at that time and knew that if he wanted to continue being in the entertainment business, he would have to move to Bangkok. Later, he was admitted to the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communications, Thammasat University, Bangkok. He started his first year of university around mid 2007 and intends to concentrate on film/screen writing. As of 2008, he is a sophomore in the same faculty with a major in film and photography.

Career debut

During his school's summer break in 2006, Pitch and several of his classmates took a trip to Bangkok and visited a film shooting site of 13 Beloved also directed by Chukiat Sakweerakul. He was then invited to play an extra in the film. Only his arm can be seen.

[edit] The Love of Siam

Chukiat Sakweerakul picked Pitch to play "Mew", one of the leading characters in The Love of Siam, because the role requires the actor to sing and playing the piano. Chukiat also found Pitch very natural at acting. Pitch's good looks also contributed to the casting. Pitch was aware that the film would involve love between two high school boys with a kissing scene. He took the role because he trusted that the director would present the scenes in the movie in a good way. When asked about the most talked about scene from the movie, Pitch credited the camera angle and said that the director told him to practice by kissing his own arm.

In The Love of Siam, Pitch plays "Mew", a lonely high school boy who lives alone after his grandmother's demise. Mew is a musical talent; he is the songwriter and lead singer of an all-boy band called August. The band's first single 'Ticket' was a hit among teenagers. However, the producer of the band wants Mew to write songs with a more universal theme: love. The producer argues that "95% of hit songs are love songs" and tells Mew "At your age, it's easy to write a love song." However the task is difficult for Mew, as he has lived 5 years without love after the death of his grandmother. However, Mew's life changes after he runs into Tong, his childhood friend, at Siam Square. After Tong comes into his life, Mew seems to be able to write love songs naturally. A large part of the movie revolves around Mew's question about love "if you love someone, can you bear losing that person? But can you live without loving anyone at all? What about the rest of your life?"

Although Pitch was relatively unknown to the public at the time of the movie's release, the audiences were immediately impressed by his portrayal of Mew. They were captured by his charm, sweetness and ability to display vulnerability on screen.

When asked about his favourite part, Pitch said that the scene that he played best was one when Tong's mother (played by Sinjai, one of Thailand's biggest stars) came to confront Mew at home. Pitch told a reporter "If I had to go back and act in that scene again, I'm not sure if I could be as good as before."[cite this quote]

The audiences were struck with the images of Mew that Pitch portrayed onscreen. In the movie, Mew is sweet, sensitive and charming. Naturally, fans want to find out what Pitch is like in real life. Fans looked through information on the internet including his personal weblogs and followed his interviews when he appeared in promotional events. They found out that Pitch in real life is more like a straight-talking and quick-witted teenager than what was portrayed as Mew's character. Nevertheless, fans still find the real Pitch charming and continue to adore him.

Music career

Pitch has been involved in music since his early years. His first public work was singing the original soundtrack song for the movie "Khao Niew Moo Ping." In The Love of Siam soundtrack, he also contributed several songs. He even composed the music and wrote the lyrics of the song "Ru Suek Bang Mai" (Do you feel...?). Pitch explained that he found inspiration to write the song after his friend consulted him about a love problem.

The on-screen August has also become a real band with Pitch as the lead singer. Pitch and August started their group career by singing and playing in The Love of Siam's promotional events. Soon organisers wanted the band to play at music festivals and many other events. The audiences were impressed by the young band member's ability to play instruments and their teenage energy. Pitch is proven to be excellent singing live and a good stage entertainer. The 13-member band (including Pitch) released their first album August*Thanx as a band in February 2008. Their first full album Radiodrome was released in December 2008.

The price of fame

The Love of Siam was filmed from December 2006 to early 2007. Pitch had to travel back and forth between Chiang Mai and Bangkok for the filming. Between the time the movie was completed and released, Pitch completed his high school and moved to Bangkok to attend Thammasat University and live as an ordinary student. After The Love of Siam was released in late November 2007, Pitch became famous almost instantly, especially among young Thais. Soon his fans started to search for information, followed him to all the events he attended, taking thousands of photos and posted on the internet. Some went as far as following him to his dormitory. Pitch was initially very uncomfortable with the attention. He told a reporter, "I would like to go back and live a normal life." Also, he mentioned that he would prefer working behind the scenes in the future.

Fortunately, Pitch seemed to have adjusted to his new life. In one of his interviews, he commented "I appreciate my fans, it's nice to know they are following my work. They had understood me and kept the right distance." Several fanclub websites have been set up and Pitch occasionally writes or replies to his fans on the webboard.


Pitch and Mario

Mario Maurer and Witwisit Hiranyawongkul

One of the factors contributing to The Love of Siam's success is the chemistry between Mew and Tong, played by Mario Maurer, now a rising star in Thailand. Pitch told reporters Mario and him are just good friends. He credited film editing for the good chemistry displayed on-screen. "We are not that sweet to each other," Pitch laughed. "Usually, when having dialogue in the movie, we were facing different cameras." On the movie set, Pitch's eyes usually met the film crews, who made sure he made the right expression.


Because Pitch had initially expressed his discomfort with fame, some reporters interpreted that he did not like the entertainment business. Some went as far as calling him a snob.

Chukiat Sakweerakul who has become his mentor told Lips magazine that "Pitch is very direct with his facial expression, when he is tired or bored, his facial expression just shows." Chukiat has taught Pitch that "You study Journalism and Communications, it would be strange if you say you don't like fame!"

Now, Pitch has adjusted to his life as a public figure.


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