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>.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.