Chen Xiao: Perfect characters annoy me

Perfection is over-rated. This is why I rely on Yang Rong for everything.
Perfection is over-rated. This is why I rely on Yang Rong for everything.

Actor Chen Xiao talks about how he can’t help but add flaws to his characters in an interview with Men’s Uno.   He’s totally selling the acting-crazed but clueless-in-life personality for me.   Now I really want to watch him in  Love & Life & Lie 遇见爱情的利先生.

MU: Before, when mentioning Love & Life & Lie, you said you accepted this series because you don’t want to act in idol dramas after 30. Do you still feel so? 

Chen Xiao: Yes, that’s what I thought at the time. I’ve never filmed idol dramas before, and I felt like I should film one while young. …  However, after I received the first ten episodes I’ve changed my mind, because it doesn’t feel like an idol drama at all when I watched it.  My treatment of the character isn’t idol at all. I don’t know, when I see a character is too perfect, I get annoyed, so I always want to add some flaws to him when I’m working with him. Maybe it’s because I think if he’s too perfect, he’s not realistic enough. But a lot of girls nowadays seem to like perfect men when watching idol dramas, so I think if I have the opportunity, I want to film a real idol drama. I’m a bit conflicted, because I’m afraid when I do, I won’t be able to control myself and add things to his character again.

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Chen Xiao, Zhou Dongyu star in “Love & Life & Lie”

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Inspired by this, the new translation for Hua Qian’gu will be Hip & Hip & Hurray.

Known for his beautiful portrayals in ancient series, actor Chen Xiao will star in his first modern series – Love & Life & Lie 遇见爱情的利先生, literally The Mr. Li who finds love and based on the book Glass Slipper. He’ll be starring once more with Zhou Dongyu, who will be her first foray into any drama. In addition, Gong meets BBJX once more as he’ll also be paired with Ye Qing.   Production company Hairun has had a generally poor run of drama qualities, but hopefully Yu Zheng loved Chen Xiao enough to pick a good script for him.  Character posters here.