Portraying the Qianlong Emperor in Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace <如懿传>, Wallace Huo (霍建華) plays a man who suffers from slight paranoia, being suspicious of others and easily falling for other women. Zhou Xun (周迅), who plays the titular character and Qianlong’s wife Ruyi, suffers much from Qianlong’s twisted beliefs.
In an interview with Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace director Wang Jun (汪俊) and screenwriter/author Liu Lianzi (流潋紫), they revealed that Wallace got so attached to his role that he broke into tears in a scene that would mark Qianlong and Ruyi’s very last meeting together. He cried on Wang Jun’s shoulders for a good minute, frightening even Zhou Xun.
“He acted until the very end. He knew all about Qianlong’s journey up until that point, including where the relationship would go. At the time, he really felt sorry for Ruyi. Especially her.”
Zhou Xun had commented, “He got more and more invested in the role. At the end, when our characters were about to break up, all I could see was Qianlong.”
Wallace has mentioned in an earlier interview about breaking into tears during the filming of Ruyi. He recalled, “I didn’t know I would do that. I just knew that I felt really sorry for Ruyi, for what I’ve done to her. I feel that I owe her too much.”
In the aforementioned scene, Qianlong apologized to Ruyi and begged her to forgive him. He wanted to start things over with her again. “He is an emperor,” said Wallace. “He couldn’t be too passive. But I was playing this role, and I completely crumbled.”
Emperors carried a figure of authority and had to be strong. Wallace didn’t want to cry, but he couldn’t stop crying after doing the scene. “I really owed her too much. This woman suffered greatly because of me.” At that moment, it was no longer Qianlong who was crying. It was Wallace.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.