Angelababy on Facing Criticism
The actress’s protective instincts as a mother motivated her to work harder on improving her craft.
Often taking brickbats for her lack of acting skills over the years, reception of Angelababy’s (楊穎) performance in recent web drama Murderous Affair in Horizon Tower <摩天大樓> once again failed to impress viewers. However, she was surprisingly praised by acclaimed actress Zhang Ziyi (章子怡), who described her acting as “earnest and natural” in an online post.
Rejected Help from Others
Interviewed on Chinese celebrity news segment Star Talk <星裡話> recently, Angelababy recounted her depressive state years ago due to a barrage of negative feedback. The 31-year-old shared that she had once deleted her social media account and even displayed depressive symptoms due to netizens’ unapologetic criticism. “During that time, I felt I had depressive tendencies. I was filming in a rural area in Beijing for three months then, and for the first two months I’d just stare at the ceiling and cry every night. Then someone gave me a book titled How to Walk Out of Depression–at that time I just threw the book onto the suitcase and said, ‘Don’t give me these kind of books.’”
Due to Angelababy’s unhappy state, none of the crew or cast members dared to approach her casually, until the later stages of filming when a cast member suggested she try out gaming. Angelababy thought it would be useless and a waste of time initially, but later realized that the method was helpful in diverting her attention.
The experience of motherhood after her first child Little Sponge (小海綿) arrived also changed Angelababy’s thinking, and she said, “In the past I was still a little girl who wanted to try taking on different jobs, but becoming a mom brought out my protective side. I hope my child would not grow up to hear others telling him your mom knows nothing, and can’t accomplish anything.”
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.