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.
MU: Maybe the more you say this, the more the audience will anticipate it. (Yes, me!)
Chen Xiao: We also changed the ending, but I like the previous version. If it was before, it would be a complete drama, but now, to me, it’s a crippled series.
(The original ending had the male lead die of brain cancer, and the female lead soon followed, but not before giving birth to their child. Rumor is now it’s a happy ending.)
Some photos while we wait:
source: jjwxc (I know, not credible, but I couldn’t find any scans of the interview, only the photos of him on MU last month. )