(Above): Viewers have varied feedback for Ren Min in youth drama “Ray of Light” and costume drama “The Longest Promise”.
Costarring Xiao Zhan (肖戰) and Ren Min (任敏), period romance The Longest Promise <玉骨遙> has been topping C-drama popularity charts. While both Xiao Zhan and Ren Min’s acting have received viewers’ affirmation, some have harsh words for Ren Min’s disposition and looks which they felt is below par for costume drama standards, as they found her “not beautiful enough”.
Incompatible Styling in “The Longest Promise” to Blame?
Despite getting flak for her less-than-stellar visuals in The Longest Promise, Ren Min’s looks have worked to her advantage by imparting a unique aura to her character Ren Zhen in youth drama Ray of Light <追光的日子>, where she plays an academic high-achiever who is forced to repeat due to unfortunate circumstances. Sparking massive online discussions, the drama has already amassed hundreds of millions of related topics on Douyin since its premiere on June 29.
Besides praising her imaging as a student with shoulder-length hairdo, fans and viewers felt that Ren Min is totally rocking the female lead of a spirited, rebellious girl who resiliently defeats life’s odds despite being given the shorter end of the stick. Together with Roy Wang (王源) and Jingfei Guo (郭京飛), the three are among a group of lost youth who are struggling in their own ways due to their familial circumstances, until teacher Chi Nam’s (Jingfei Guo) guidance leads them up from the doldrums to seek out respective pathways towards a brighter future. Sharing the same fate as repeat students working to overturn their destinies, Ren Min and student Wang Yuan will also develop romantic feelings.
Touched by Ren Min’s performance in Ray of Light, some fans have spoken up and pointed out the incompatible imaging for the actress’s unimpressive visuals in The Longest Promise, while affirming her acting; “She’s really perfected the rebellious girl role, it’s a must-watch whenever she plays a female student”, “It’s really touching how she inhabits the xueba character who battles life’s challenges head-on, which is a totally different kind of rebellion from her character in Cry Me a Sad River, her acting is really powerful”.
Breaking out in 2018 movie Cry Me A Sad River <悲傷逆流成河> as a rebellious teen growing up in struggling circumstances, Ren Min shone with her powerful and moving onscreen performance and was named one of the young faces to watch. Scoring consecutive casting opportunities, she appeared in 2020 period drama Serenade of Peaceful Joy <清平樂> and was further cast in The Longest Promise and Ray of Light.