Lu Yi and Gao Yunxiang Win Over Viewers’ Hearts with “Palace 3”
Palace 3 <宮鎖連城> has continued to dominate audience ratings charts since it began airing on April 8 on Hunan Satellite TV. Much like female lead Yuan Shanshan (袁姍姍), viewers have found themselves enchanted by the charm of male leads Lu Yi (陸毅) and Gao Yunxiang (高雲翔).
In Palace 3, which is also titled Palace: The Lost Daughter, nobleman Fucha Hengtai (Lu Yi) and bandit Jiang Yichen (Gao Yunxiang) vie for the heart of Song Liancheng (Yuan Shanshan). Hengtai appears to be Liancheng’s one true love, as he goes to great pains to protect her and ensure her safety, even if doing so leads to injury for him. Even when the two are caught up in a love triangle with Hengtai’s official wife, Princess Xing Dai (Shirley Dai 戴嬌倩), he remains deeply devoted to Liancheng, causing viewers to label him a unique example of a good man.
“This character is especially pure, and he uses his own life to protect the ones he loves,” said Lu Yi. “My own disposition is like this as well. In the ten-plus years since I debuted, I haven’t changed – I’ve always maintained this purity.”
Acting as a foil to the irresistible goodness of Fucha Hengtai is Jiang Yichen, a prodigal-son archetype character who has promised his godmother that he will exact revenge on the Fucha household. Though his personality is cold and ruthless, he attaches great importance to loyalty and finds himself attracted to Liancheng, who is Hengtai’s concubine.
Yichen is quite different from characters that Gao Yunxiang has portrayed in the past, but the actor has a strong grasp on the character’s bad-boy persona, depicting his cruel acts in a way that viewers can pity him and lament his actions. Many viewers have praised Yunxiang for achieving a breakthrough role and for helping fans see the actor in a new light.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.