The 72nd Cannes Film Festival started yesterday and actress Shi Yanfei (施予斐) took part in the red carpet opening ceremony. The actress is most known for her portrayal as the empress’ personal maid in The Story of Yanxi Palace (延禧攻略). Netizens also discovered that she has previously had roles in Hollywood production, Empires of the Deep, which would explain her appearance on the red carpet.
However as Shi Yanfei took to the red carpet, a female bodyguard approached her and appeared to try persuade her to leave. Shi Yanfei did not leave immediately but continued to pose for photographers. Many netizens commented afterwards, “Refusing to leave the red carpet, what an embarrassment!”
Shi Yanfei immediately took to Weibo to defend herself, “I believe every actor/actress that has the opportunity to walk the Cannes red carpet will be extremely nervous and excited; I am not immune to this. There were many media outlets from different countries that day. It was extremely loud, and the foreign media was very passionate. They kept yelling for more photos. When the staff came up to me, I could not hear a single word she said. Until now, I am not even sure if I was being ushered off or not.”
Shi Yanfei’s incident at Cannes became a trending topic on social media today. Some netizens were not convinced stating that Shi Yanfei was an embarrassment and did not deserve to be there. Others were more understanding stating that she is an actress and has been working hard, there is no right for others to be jealous. Shi Yanfei continued to defend herself on Weibo stating that she was just walking the red carpet, “How can you just look at a photo and assume that I was refusing to leave?!”
Other Asian celebrities who attended the Cannes Film Festival were Gong Li (鞏俐), Li Yuchun (李宇春), Jing Tian (景甜), Hannah Quinlivan, former Girls Generation member Jessica Jung, and Thai actress Araya Alberta Hargate (also known as Chompoo).
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.