Above: All three artistes had acted in different versions of the classic “Legend of the Condor Heroes”.
Evoking discussions aplenty with its high production values, in addition to being ‘Fairy Sister’ actress Crystal Li Yifei’s (劉亦菲) return to the small screen after 16 years, A Dream of Splendor <梦华录> has caught the attention of C-drama fans and netizens alike.
Hot on the heels of several eyebrow-raising intimate scenes between its leads Chen Xiao (陳曉) and Liu Yifei, rumors emerged on Weibo that Chen Xiao’s wife, actress Michelle Chen Yanxi (陳妍希) had visited the filming set almost daily to keep an eye on things!
Netizens: Is It a Marketing Ploy by Liu Yifei?
The Weibo rumor circulating online supposedly regurgitated a conversation between Liu Yifei and Chen Xiao that went, “Why does your wife come every day?” / Because you are gorgeous,”
While the exchange seemed like cheeky banter, some netizens felt that the conversation had been fabricated with intention to create buzz, and even raised speculation that it might be a single-sided marketing gimmick by Liu Yifei. They asked rhetorically, “What is being conveyed by that singular phrase, whom did it laud and who did it belittle?”
Eyebrow-raising Kissing Scenes
The actor had complimented his co-star, mentioning during interviews that “Her looks give off angelic vibes, but she is actually someone who is rather down-to-earth when interacting with her onscreen competitors and production crew,”
As the number of intimate scenes featured in the drama is the most numerous to date for Chen Xiao and featured a number of breathless kissing scenes between the leads Qian Fan and Zhao Pan’er, netizens found it understandable that Chen Yanxi had felt the need to visit the set personally. It was also understood that the two leads had good chemistry while discussing the shooting of shared scenes between them.