The fresh pairing of Yang Mi (楊冪) and Chinese singer Huang Zitao (黃子韜) in The Negotiator <談判官> is generating good ratings for the drama. Starring in his first television drama, Tao hopes to become an all-around artiste and opens up about his filming experience.
Previously, fans would have never associated Tao with being in a series as he was a former EXO member and was primarily known for his music talent. While he initially had little interest in acting, Tao admitted that his perception towards filming has changed. Now that he is older, Tao understands the importance of extending his experience. Tao expressed, “If this was the old me, I would say my ultimate love would be music and not acting. But now, I think being both a musician and an actor at the same time is not an easy feat. I feel as though not a lot of people are like this. I want to pass on more positive energy and allow everyone to get to know Chinese music, shows, and artistes.”
The Negotiator is actually a spinoff of popular TV show, The Interpreter <親愛的翻譯官> which also starred Yang Mi in 2016. Taking on a role as the one of the top Negotiators in the city this time, Yang Mi’s bold and straightforward character will be a stark contrast to Tao’s role as the spoiled, arrogant heir of a wealthy corporation.
Despite The Negotiator being Tao’s very first drama, co-star Dylan Kuo (郭品超) praised the first-time actor for being a great newcomer. Dylan said, “Tao is someone who puts his heart into acting and he’s very open about his performances, allowing him to fully understand his character quickly. He’s very in character and often had trouble getting himself out of his role.”
Besides praising Tao, Dylan also had many compliments for Yang Mi, whom he calls a phenomenal actress. “Yang Mi is such a wonderful actress and her improvs are great. She’s able to give a great performance no matter what line is thrown at her – that’s definitely her strong suit. She also memorizes the entire script so when we’re filming with her, we only need to do a run-through once before the cameras roll.”
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This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.