Starring Gong Jun (龔俊) and Qiao Xin (喬欣), Dream Garden <沉睡花園> wrapped up its broadcast on February 8. Filming for the 16-episode psychological romance proved to be an enlightening experience for Gong Jun, who enjoys exploring different professions in his dramas. Doing a lot of homework for his role as a psychologist, the 29-year-old actor realized the importance of maintaining boundaries while tactfully guiding clients out of dark times.
Fleshing Out His Character
While researching the working conditions of a psychologist, Gong Jun shared his discoveries, “It’s actually a tough occupation, because psychologists are like an emotional recycling bin where they have to receive clients’ negative emotions, open up their inner knots, and redirect them to a positivity-filled path. It’s a very honorable profession.”
As a meticulous professional with high expectations of himself, the character of Lin Shen can easily be misunderstood as strict and inflexible. However, Gong Jun made him three-dimensional, which drew greater understanding on how Lin Shen is also an empathetic person who controls his own emotions to genuinely work hard in comforting clients.
“Aside from displaying a professional attitude, Lin Shen is also a human in flesh and blood. I’ve discussed with the director and screenwriter on how to portray the character’s professionalism, and we agreed that all the counseling sessions need to follow professional standards such as having a sense of proportion and sensitivity,” Gong Jun said.
Winning viewers over, the actor’s earnest performance received praises such as, “Gong Jun did not play the cliched cold and unfeeling man, but a warm, gentle, and tender person who others can comfortably reach out for help.”
Source: Sing Tao
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.