Viewers Find Ruby Lin, Derek Zhang’s “Mother-Son” Romance Cringe-Worthy
In the entertainment industry, male actors often have longer careers than their female counterparts. While a 50-year-old actor paired with a 35-year-old actress may be easily accepted, this 15-year age gap between an older female and younger male artiste is often harder for audiences to stomach.
Despite this, many A-list actresses continue to stretch their careers by portraying younger roles. The most notorious must be that of Mainland Chinese actress Liu Xiaoqing (劉曉慶), who played the role of a 16-year-old girl at the age of 60. That’s a 44-year age difference!
On a lesser scale, 41-year-old Ruby Lin recently starred in a role that is a decade younger than her real-life age. Although this is still achievable due to Ruby’s well-kept features, viewers were turned off by her pairing with 25-year-old Derek Zhang in My Dear Boy <我的男孩>. The 16-year age gap made Ruby appear much too old for the youthful Derek. In the drama, Ruby portrays 30-year-old Luo Xiao Fei, a commercial director. She lost faith in romance because of her past misfortunes in love. That is, until she meets the younger An Qing Hui, portrayed by Derek.
Although the drama is about an older woman finding love with a younger man, Ruby’s age difference with Derek was met with criticism. Some felt they were were watching a “mother-son” romance and that the drama had zero appeal. Kissing scenes and scenes where Ruby pouts and playfully flirt with Derek was highly criticized for being cringe-worthy.
“My Dear Boy” Trailer
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.