Above: Vicki Zhao and Chen Kun’s friendship nosedived after “Painted Skin 2”?
Vicki Zhao (趙薇) and Chen Kun (陳坤) have shared a friendship spanning more than a decade. However, Chen Kun strangely remained silent over Vicki’s recent directorial success in So Young <致青春> while many friends gave her encouragements on Weibo. Chen Kun’s congratulations was noticeably missing, leading to speculations that the two had a fallen out, with Zhou Xun (周迅) being the catalyst.
Vicki and Chen Kun’s Once Close Friendship
Vicki became friends with Chen Kun shortly after she joined the Beijing Film Academy in 1996. When Vicki was plagued with rumors about her personal life in 2007, Chen Kun stepped forward to be her personal spokesperson. Vicki had spoken highly of Chen Kun, “In the most desperate times, [Chen Kun] will be there.”
There were also physical gestures of their close friendship, such as a playful kiss on the lips at a press conference. They also do not hesitate in sharing the same bottle of water. Vicki frequently draped her arms over Chen Kun at public events.
However, it seems that their friendship suddenly came to an end. When Vicki’s So Young was released, almost every fellow classmate from the 1996 class of the Beijing Film Academy posted words of encouragement on Weibo. And Vicki’s other good friend, Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明) also went above and beyond when, despite his leg injuries, attended So Young’s promotional events. However, Chen Kun did not post anything, leading observant netizens to speculate that Vicki and Chen Kun had a fallout.
Chen Kun’s New BFF is Zhou Xun
Since filming Painted Skin <画皮>, Chen Kun and Zhou Xun became fast friends. Their chemistry was so strong both onscreen and off-screen, that at one time, Zhou Xun was even rumored to be the mother of Chen Kun’s son.
Although both denied being in a love relationship, they admitted to spending a lot of time together, and were “friends who are close like relatives.” In one of his written essays, I Walked to Tibet Suddenly <突然就走到了西藏> Chen Kun admitted that he got heavily drunk one night and called Zhou Xun in the middle of the night to ask her to come out. Zhou Xun agreed without any hesitation and accompanied Chen Kun until the wee hours of the morning. Recently, both were also spotted walking on the streets of Hong Kong while visiting the local sights.
Friendship Fell Apart
While filming Painted Skin 2 <画皮2>, there were reports that Zhou Xun and Vicki’s friendship deteriorated due to payment issues for the film. Zhou Xun and Vicki were reported to have a major fall out on the set of Painted Skin 2, where they kicked each other’s chairs in fury. This surprised the production crew who had to separate the two to calm them down for fear of the women getting into a fight. Zhou Xun allegedly turned down director Doze Niu’s (鈕承澤) Love <愛> because Vicki was also cast in it.
With his increasingly close friendship with Zhou Xun, did Chen Kun abandon his decade-long friendship with Vicki Zhao?
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.