Playing a countryside girl who works her way up to management ranks, A-list actress Zanilia Zhao Liying‘s (趙麗穎) new drama The Story of Xing Fu <幸福到萬家> premiered to positive feedback, topping viewership rankings for twenty days straight. However, news that the actress appeared apathetic to a female crew worker who sustained injuries on the set of a recent commercial shoot on July 21.
Accident on Set
Seen arriving at a Hengdian filming set dressed down in white outfit, Zanilia swiftly proceeded to get her makeup done within an hour, before proceeding to the filming site. Just as the commercial shoot was about to wrap, word spread a female crew worker was accidentally injured by crashing photography equipment on set. According to witnesses, she had an unsteady gait and part of her dress was splattered with blood.
Almost everyone present rushed over to show their concern before the ambulance arrived. After paparazzi who were on site spilled that Zanilia had not showed up to utter a tad of concern, some netizens started criticizing the actress for her lack of apathy for the injured co-worker, despite them working on the same project. However, others defended the actress and mentioned that Zanilia herself was seen visiting the doctor a few days prior, supposedly due to an old hip injury acting up. She was said to be looking very uncomfortable while limping, hence, they speculated that the reason was it had simply been inconvenient for her to walk over.
Worked Her Way Up
The drama darling has been making a switch to modern dramas, and was the only choice of director Xiaolong Zheng (鄭曉龍) who casted her as lead character He Xingfu in The Story of Xing Fu, as she personified a “fighting spirit” which suited the role. Gaining the affirmation of viewers for her layered performance, she convincingly embodied the kindness and innocence of the countryside girl onscreen.