Though filming in China has always been lucrative, the filming fees between top-tier and second-tier artistes is wide ranging. Zhou Dongyu (周冬雨), who has won multiple Best Actress awards for her films, commands 109 million Chinese yuan, while Angelababy (楊穎) only earns CNY 10 million, which is lower than some second tier celebrities!
After Angelababy’s filming fee was leaked, netizens did not show much empathy for the actress and took the opportunity to criticize her acting. There were many harsh comments including, “Wow and she still wants to act–her acting is not even worth CNY 1000” and “I don’t want to see her dramas at all–producers should just give the money to other actors who have talent and are hard working!”
Though Angelababy has a good attitude and is polite to crew members on set, many directors allegedly do not want to cast her as they are afraid that viewers will be disappointed by her one-dimensional acting skills. Many pointed out that she only has one expression where she would widen her eyes.
In her 2017 drama General and I <孤芳不自赏>, it was rumored that since could not complete her scenes within the required time frame and a body double stepped in for her scenes, requiring the need for Angelababy’s face to be photoshopped in afterwards. When her variety shows were also filmed in the same way, there was a lot of backlash from the public.
Government Issues New Restrictions
Aside from Angelababy’s filming fee, another trending topic on Chinese social media was the new government restrictions placed on Chinese dramas. As idol dramas surge in greater popularity, the broadcasting authority is concerned about the influence they have over viewers. It was alleged that romantic dramas cannot be too saccharine and unrealistic. Obvious gay relationships and characters can not be depicted, and it is recommended that the storyline be changed to purely friendship. Youth dramas should not have underage romances, violence or crime. Previously banned, the time-travelling genre will not be allowed unless there is a reasonable scientific explanation. Fantasy-themed productions will need to have a scientific explanation, and monsters and ghosts will not be allowed to reincarnate.
Netizens commented that these proposed restrictions are ridiculous, and they should just ban filming dramas altogether!
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.