With the much anticipated historical drama, The Patriot Yue Fei <精忠岳飛>, nearing its airing date of July 4, its star-studded cast has been busy with the final, frenzied stages of promotions. However, one of the main actors, Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩), has been conspicuously absent from many of the promotional events. It is rumored that she is deliberately avoiding the events in order to express her discontent with the drama’s female lead, Taiwanese actress Ruby Lin (林心如).
According to the well-known mainland Chinese blog, Changchun International Trade <長春國貿>, Cecilia was originally tapped to play the female lead in The Patriot Yue Fei, opposite mainland Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明). However, one of the drama’s investors, Huaxing Media, was on friendly terms with Ruby, and pushed for the drama’s production team to switch to the Taiwanese actress instead, citing the ratings as a primary reason.
Although Cecilia won over the hearts of viewers as the main female character, Maertai Ruoxi, in the wildly successful period drama Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步驚心>, Ruby is undeniably more of a household name and has been beloved by many since her appearance in the original version of Princess Returning Pearl <還珠格格>. Moreover, The Patriot Yue Fei’s executive producer, Stanley Tong (唐季禮), is Ruby’s ex-boyfriend.
As a result, Cecilia lost the coveted female lead role. Since then, rumors have also arisen about feelings of discord between her, Ruby, and the rest of the cast and crew. The news has given rise to much heated discussion by netizens, with Cecilia and Ruby’s fans staunchly defending their idols. Regardless of the outcome, viewers will nevertheless see Ruby playing the part of Yue Fei’s wife when the series begins airing on Thursday.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.