Zhao Liying(currently seen in variety show 72 Floors Mystery) is confirmed to star in Daylight Entertainment’s (Ode to Joy, Nirvana in Fire, The Disguiser) upcoming female-centric period drama Don’t you know? The green should be plump and the red lean 知否知否应是绿肥红瘦**, based on the novel of the same name by Guanxin Zeluan.
Featuring an ancient drama female lead with an actual goal in mind (and to free the slaves that she was once a part of, no less), and whose romantic deal breaker is politics, this could very well be Zhao Liying’s breakthrough role to launch her out of cutesy roles. OP is by Zhang Bichen and Zhao Liying.
As one of the few time-travelling novels where the lead actually acts like she’s from the modern era and is intent on changing the social order versus being caught in a love triangle, this is definitely the ancient idol drama I’m most looking forward to, and the trailer doesn’t disappoint. Princess Agents特工皇妃楚乔传 stars Zhao Liying, Lin Gengxin, Shawn Dou, and Li Qin, and tells of Khaleesi Chu Qiao’s quest to abolish slavery in ancient Western Wei.
Please excuse me as I take a trip down memory lane…
The Golden Eagle Awards is a prestigious biannual television awards ceremony, and prides itself on being “the people’s award”. Unlike the Flying Apsaras Awards (government recognition) and Magnolia Awards (industry recognition), Golden Eagle spreads the love more evenly, and usually several dramas and actors are acknowledged.
In previous years, the Best Actor and Actress of the night were decided by online voters and a panel of judges, and presented with the Audience’s Choice award (golden statue) and Best Performing Arts award (crystal statue). This year the two awards were given to different actors, with the nominee that received the most votes from the judges winning the Performing Arts award.
I’m just here for the pretty production… not for the name that still makes me shudder…
Princess Agents 特工皇妃楚乔传 has released even more stills. Starring Zhao Liying, Lin Gengxin, Dou Xiao, Deng Lun, Li Qin, and Niu Junfeng, not exactly an expert on the costuming of this time period but at least some of the costumes seem to mimic some of the images I have seen in the past for this era with more modern styling as opposed to a “generic hanfu” look (1, 2, 3, 4).
I was hoping the stylists would give Lin Gengxin a traditional topknot, because he just looks like Zhao Zilong lite here…
Princess Agents has released first stills of the leads just a month and a half into filming, and features Zhao Liying as Chu Qiao, Lin Gengxin as Yuwen Yue, Shawn Dou as Yan Xun and Li Qin as Yuan Chun. I recall being swept up in the high-stakes and torturous story of the original novel, though after a string of disappointing adaptions, I’ve learned to go into these types of dramas with zero expectations.