Huang Xiaoming Recalls His Lowest Moments: “It’s Like Even the Dogs Were Laughing At Me”
Huang Xiaoming (黄晓明) went candid on the talk show A Day with Luyu <鲁豫有约>, where he talked about his struggled with popularity, and how his fame ended up backfiring on him. He also talked about his family, including wife Angelababy and son “Little Sponge”, and how they helped shape his values and actions. “I have to take care of my family now. We have a child, so I can’t let anything happen to me,” he said.
The 40-year-old, who debuted in 1998, found fame after starring as the young Han dynasty king Liu Che in the 2001 historical drama The Prince of Han Dynasty <大汉天子>, a show that spawned two other sequels. Xiaoming’s popularity peaked after starring as Yang Guo in the 2006 remake of Return of the Condor Heroes <神雕侠侣>, but that popularity quickly backfired. In the year following his ROTC success, Xiaoming was cast as Hui Man-keung in China’s remake of The Bund <上海灘>. His performance was constantly compared to Chow Yun-fat’s (周潤發), which added more stress and pressure. In 2008, his cover of the Olympic song “One World One Dream” became a popular meme due to his poor English pronunciation and poor singing ability.
“It was definitely the lowest point in my career,” he said. “I felt horrible. I did try to defend myself online, but that didn’t really work. I felt like even the dogs were laughing at me with their eyes.” Xiaoming says that experience matured him a great deal, and he no longer takes criticism too personally.
Xiaoming and Angelababy tied the knot in an extravagant wedding back in 2015, and according to the actor, his father is a big influence. “My parents have been married for many years, and even to this day, whenever my father goes out to eat, he’ll bring some food back to my mother.”
His son with Angelabay, “Little Sponge”, is also a big influence in his life. Xiaoming’s life was turned upside down after welcoming him to the world, and his life now revolves around him. “When I choose a new movie to do, I would always consider my son. I always think about whether or not my son would watch this movie in the future, so I have to be careful with what I make. I want to set a good example for him.” He added that he has also developed a fear of flights, explaining, “I have to take care of my family now. We have a son, so I can’t let anything happen to me.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.