Although urban emotional drama, Challenges at Midlife <相逢時節>, is regarded as one of the most promising Chinese dramas by mature viewers, Lay Zhang’s (張藝興) acting was criticized. His performance has been obviously lacking compared to his experienced co-stars Lei Jiayin (雷佳音) and Yuan Quan (袁泉).
Some viewers point out that Lay has not improved in his acting skills over the years. However, others sympathize and understand that he is an idol and a singer, and his vengeful character as Ning Shu in Challenges at Midlife is likely too complex for Lay to handle.
“His past is very complex. He experienced pain – both physical and psychological. All in all, he’s not a person who would forgive others easily and certainly not someone who goes easy on himself,” Lay expresses.
As the series goes on, Ning Shu progressively gets darker and more evil. On playing such a challenging role, Lay adds, “Ning Shu is a tragic character and is someone who is very challenging to play. It was so hard to get into character, because I don’t have an acting background. I didn’t receive any professional training or went to school for acting. I can only explore and learn on my own. And it’s true – acting is not my strength. I hope to continue learning through various roles – no matter how big or little the role is, I’m willing to try and learn.”
He feels fortunate to have worked with caring and kind seniors such as Lei Jiayin, Yuan Quan, and Luo Qiong (羅瓊) who were willing to share their approach towards acting. Lay would also ask for guidance from the director, who praised him for being “highly motivated and eager to learn.”
“Challenges at Midlife” Trailer
Source: World Journal
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.