If you follow Chinese entertainment news or watch Chinese dramas, you’ll know the impact and reach “The Untamed” made this past summer. The popularity of the series brought instant stardom and fame to the cast, especially the two male leads, Xiao Zhan (肖战) and Wang Yibo. While Wang Yibo had already achieved a certain level of fame, Xiao Zhan was a relative newcomer when the series aired. Some might say he got popular overnight, but Xiao Zhan reveals that he is actually afraid of that label.
In a new 7 part series interview from a show called “Ai Si Bu Si” (爱思不si), Xiao Zhan gets asked a question on each episode. The first episode aired today and the host reminisces when they first met. When Xiao Zhan mentions they met each other in 2017, the host says, “At that time, you weren’t famous yet, right?” Xiao Zhan graciously responds, “During that time, the number of people who knew me was probably small.”
“For me, I came from a low point to ascend up. I deeply understand the feeling of being at the bottom.”
The host then talks about Xiao Zhan joining “X-FIRE”, debuting in X NINE, and then getting popular overnight with “The Untamed”. When she mentions overnight popularity, Xiao Zhan has a smirk on his face and then starts explaining he is actually really afraid of that label. When asked what he is afraid of, he explains, “Afraid that…it feels fake. I believe everyone is afraid of this. For me, I came from a low point to ascend up. I deeply understand the feeling of being at the bottom.”
“Don’t get too hyped. Stay clear headed.”
Xiao Zhan then continues talking about what scares him. He continues on, “What I’m not afraid of is falling to my low point again because I started from there. I am not scared at all. What I’m afraid of is, whether it’s being popular, or overnight popularity, everyone’s eyes has been blocked by those things. This is what I am afraid of. I actually feel that I am quite clear headed. There are times when I would tell staff members, be a bit clear headed. Don’t get too hyped. Stay clear headed.”
Watch the interview here: http://t.cn/Aiuu79Cz?m=4427385422006060&u=7315375944