Dilireba and Johnny Huang’s Sparks Unable to Save “Love Designer”
Sharing sizzling chemistry in idol drama Love Designer <幸福，觸手可及！>, Johnny Huang (黃景瑜) and Dilreba (also known as Dilraba Dilmurat 迪麗熱巴) had over 30 kisses throughout the 51-episode drama. Making a striking onscreen couple, it is easy to see why they were rumored to be dating during filming. While their kisses look romantic on screen, it turns out that the two had many outtakes which made them feel awkward with so many crew members on the filming set.
In one scene, Zhou Fang (Dilireba) wanted to surprise Song Lin (Johnny Huang) during his birthday and cooked up a storm in the kitchen. Instead of making a delicious meal, she almost burned the house down due to her poor cooking skills. Despite the kitchen fiasco, the night ended sweetly with Zhou Fang feeding Song Lin birthday cake and he teasingly biting her hand in return.
Johnny is Interested in Dilireba?
Speaking about the confident nature of his character, Johnny stated, “He might be strong and overbearing, but only because he is overprotective and someone that likes to offer help.” Johnny also joked and said that if he and his character, Song Lin, were to compete with each other, he would most definitely lose. Johnny laughed, “Song Lin is charismatic, career driven, successful and overall a really well-rounded guy. And he’s also handsome – just like me.”
Working with Dilireba for the first time, Johnny was full of compliments for the actress. He expressed, “She’s a very happy and optimistic girl, and we often have a lot of fun on set. Her northeastern Mandarin is even better than mine!” In one interview, he even teased that he wanted Dilireba “to be his girlfriend.”
Viewership and Reviews Plummet
Whether Johnny’s remarks about his interest to date Dilireba were made only to generate buzz for Love Designer or not, the drama opened to high viewer interest. However, shortly after the drama aired, Johnny’s ex-girlfriend Wang Yuxin (王雨馨), whom he allegedly married and physically abused, had attempted suicide. As negative gossip persisted, along with the lackluster plot in the second half of the drama, the viewership and reviews for Love Designer dropped as well. The drama only received a 5.4 rating on Chinese reviews site, Douban.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.