Having been in the industry for 10 years, 27-year-old Zhu Xudan (祝绪丹) knows how it’s like to not experience fame overnight. At 17 years old, she was scouted by an entertainment industry to be a billboard model. With a passion for acting and performing, Xudan dedicated several years studying drama at The Central Academy for Drama and auditioned for several pageant competitions, hoping that eventually she’ll win opportunities to star in TV dramas or films.
She spent four years competing for eight different beauty pageants. Though Xudan has erased most of her images from 2011, netizens have managed to dig up old pictures of Xudan when she was in 2011’s Crazy for School Beauty <我为校花狂>, at 19 years old. Pointing out that her looks have changed, netizens are raising speculations of plastic surgery.
It’s been a tough ride for Xudan these past few years—after years of playing bit parts in TV dramas, she finally signed a contract with Yang Mi’s (杨幂) Jay Walk Studio in 2016, and shot to fame after portraying one of the main villains in the hit series Eternal Love <三生三世十里桃花> in 2017. Playing Zhou Zhiruo in the new adaptation of The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre <倚天屠龙记>, 2019 was meant to be the year for the 27-year-old to turn her luck around, but consistent comments and gossip about Xudan being overshadowed by her peers has stunted her from achieving her true potential.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.