Story of Yanxi Palace: Charmaine Sheh, the Most Beloved Villain
“Even her fingers are acting” was the comment that popped into discussion boards when netizens watched Charmaine Sheh’s (佘詩曼) performance in the Chinese period drama Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略>, which is currently airing on Hong Kong’s TVB.
The Qing Dynasty series, produced by Yu Zheng (于正), is the hottest TV show in China this summer season. Starring Wu Jinyan (吳謹言) and Charmaine Sheh, Story of Yanxi Palace tells the story of a seamstress’s journey through the forbidden palace, and how a seemingly “average” consort rises to power.
Charmaine, who plays Consort Xian, isn’t the drama’s central character, but she is definitely the star of the show. Calculative and chilling, Charmaine doesn’t need heavy makeup or dramatic background music to demonstrate the extent of her character’s villainry.
Impressed with her performance, “Charmaine’s acting” has become a trending topic, with numerous netizens dropping comments such as “even her fingers are acting” and “(university) professor-level acting.” On the other hand, there are also netizens who believe that Charmaine’s exceptional performance in Story of Yanxi Palace is benefited by her talented costars—and if Charmaine ever returns to TVB, she would probably end up being on her own.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.