Huang Xiaoming Doesn’t Think He’s an A-Lister Anymore

A Huang Xiaoming (黄晓明) interview from last year has recently resurfaced, and netizens have a lot of thoughts about it.

In the clip, the interviewer asked Huang Xiaoming about his position and status within the entertainment industry. Xiaoming looked down and said he even he doesn’t know what status he has. Upon hearing that the industry often refers to Xiaoming as an A-lister, or “first line actor”, the 42-year-old said, “Even I feel that I’ve fallen from first line. I don’t think I’m qualified to be in that position anymore.”

He explained that the thing that sets most first line actors apart from others is having a solid filmography. He said it has “been a while” since he last released a good project. Rather than dwelling on having the lack of critical success, Xiaoming said he prefers to relax his mind and focus on doing what he enjoys.

Many netizens who watched the interview pointed out that Xiaoming clearly lacked confidence during the interview, and answered questions with reservation. Another netizen pointed out that  she still considered Xiaoming as a first line actor, and that she enjoyed watching his most recent drama Winter Begonia <鬓边不是海棠红>.

Huang Xiaoming debuted in 1999 and shot to fame following his leading performance in the 2001 historical epic The Prince of Han Dynasty <大汉天子>, in which he played Emperor Wu of Han. The show spawned three seasons.

As one of the hottest young stars in the Chinese entertainment industry, Xiaoming’s popularity only solidified in the years following The Prince of Han Dynasty, starring in critically successful dramas such as 2006’s The Return of the Condor Heroes <神雕侠侣>, 2007’s Shang Hai Bund <新上海滩>, 2008’s Royal Tramp <鹿鼎记>, and the 2010 film Sacrifice <赵氏孤儿>.

Source: Sohu

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    1. @aktf same question. He can’t even act and looks pretty mediocre despite his plastic surgery.

  1. Height and acting aside, he’s still A list and bankable. He has his fans. He just needs a good script.

  2. His acting was terrible in Summers Desire. He just kept posing and trying to look good. He was OK in Condor Heroes I guess. Ive not seen anything else of his.

    1. @megamiaow
      I have seen him in many series and his acting is not too bad. It is better than many TVB actors for sure. He has played a variety of roles and is not a bad actor. His acting is decent. It depends on the role and series.

  3. I think he has matured, which makes me very happy for him. Idk if he’s made any improvement in acting, but at the very least, he’s much more humble and mature than his wife.

  4. I’ve never watched Huang Xiaoming’s dramas or movies before. My opinion of him was not so good especially after his high profile wedding with Angela Baby. So I was surprised by his performance in Winter Begonia. At first I thought Huang Xiaoming would pull down the drama but he didn’t. He actually did quite good and was very charming as Cheng Feng Tai. His chemistry with Yin Zheng was superb!!! In real life, I think he needs to learn how to control his mouth and pick a good script…

    1. @snoopy
      I have seen him in many series and he is a decent actor and can be good depending on the role. Sad that some have not even seen him in a drama but immediately judge him right away.

  5. Sad to say but I never finish any of HXM’s drama but I enjoy watching him on game show.

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