Taiwanese actor Darren Chen (官鴻) became famous after starring as “Hua Zelei” in the 2018 Chinese remake of “Meteor Garden”. His new series, “The Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty” (成化十四年), is currently airing on iQIyi. This is his first leading role and also his first time doing a costume drama. Unfortunately, viewers had a lot of criticisms about Darren Chen’s acting.
In the series, Darren Chen plays a 6th ranked court official, Tang Fan, who loves to eat and is often acting cute and precocious for the character. However, viewers criticized his acting for being too “unnatural”, “no feeling of being a costume drama” and “performance is like a child’s.”
In an interview on April 9, Darren Chen responded to the criticism and said, “Tang Fan is a very real character. He would express everything that is true.” He also understands viewers have different perspectives on acting skills. To this, he responded, “Drama is originally a subjective thing. I also like to hear compliments and criticisms. I can accept both. If it’s good, I will continue to keep it up. The bad, I will change it next time.”
The series can be watched with Eng Subs on iQiyi: