Above: Ariel Lin with Vin Zhang for I Will Never Let You Go (2019).
There is no contesting that Ariel Lin (林依晨) is the queen of dramas. Ever since 2003’s My Secret Garden <我的秘密花園>, Ariel has proven that she is the long-standing queen of television. Every romantic comedy that she has starred in end up becoming huge trendsetters for the industry.
While it’s true that dramas featuring Ariel tend to become very popular, the 36-year-old has also managed to do one other thing—bring fame to her male costars.
Many of Ariel’s male costars end up with successful careers after collaborating with her, including Marcus Chang (張天霖) from 2003’s My Secret Garden, Mike Ho (賀軍翔) from 2004’s Love Contract <愛情合約>, and Joe Cheng (鄭元暢) from 2005’s It Started with a Kiss <惡作劇之吻>. Her collaboration with Wu Chun (吳尊) in 2006’s Tokyo Juliet <東方茱麗葉> kickstarted the Fahrenheit (飛輪海) member’s television career as a leading actor, and 2011’s In Time with You <我可能不會愛你> revived Chen Bo-lin’s (陳柏霖) stagnating career. William Feng (馮紹峰) went through another popularity boost after starring alongside Ariel in Prince of Lan Ling <蘭陵王>. In 2018, Ariel collaborated with Liu Ye (劉燁) for Old Boy <老男孩>, which broke 100 million views within three days.
And now, in 2019, Ariel Lin’s comeback drama I Will Never Let You Go <小女花不棄> is pushing her costar Vin Zhang (張彬彬) to new heights in his career.
Ariel has also maintained close friendships with her male costars over the years. She is still close friends with Taiwanese actor Eli Shih (施易男), her costar from her debut drama True love <十八歲的約定>. Eli said, “She is the only person who would send me birthday messages every single year, even when she’s not in the country. She would write something like, ‘Nan ge, sorry, there was a time difference. Yesterday was actually your birthday,’ Every single year, without fail.”
Ariel is also close friends with Chinese actor Hu Ge (胡歌), her costar in 2006’s The Little Fairy <天外飛仙> and 2008’s The Legend of the Condor Heroes <射鵰英雄傳>. Hu Ge flew all the way to Taiwan for her wedding to Charles Lin (林宇超) in 2014, and in 2016 when Hu Ge won Most Popular Actor at the Golden Eagle Awards, he specifically thanked Ariel for her support over the years. “Acting is a journey to explore about what it means to be human,” said Hu Ge. “[Ariel] once told me to use my life to act. I would never forget those words.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.