The existence of these two is why I continue to dip a toe into C-dramas even when the vast vast majority of its output is pure unadulterated crap. It’s not even addicting bad crap, it’s boring nonsensical crap. But seeing the newest and hottest onscreen C-couple flit around talk shows and leap off the screen at me as I watch the period drama Legend of Lu Zhen, I realized that clinging onto the hope of a needle in a haystack is not always such a pointless proposition. I’m a little behind on Lu Zhen this week, but leads Chen Xiao and Zhao Li Ying continue to be so cute and perfect and gushworthy together that I seriously have no idea what “plot” (or what passes for plot) is happening onscreen. I just want to coo at them. Producer Yu Zheng is striking while the fire is hot and announced that he is looking into an online novel to adapt into a drama to star Chen Xiao and Zhao Li Ying. I think he’s over-thinking it, though I can’t believe I’m giving Yu Zheng credit for thinking to begin with. Since he’s already announced that Chen Xiao will be his Yang Guo in the upcoming adaptation of Return of the Condor Heroes, he might as well make Zhao Yi Ling Xiaolongnu. Yes yes, I know she looks way younger than him and in the book Xiaolongnu is like 6-7 years older than Yang Guo. It might also not work since Chen Xiao’s chemistry with Zhao Yi Ling is totally older caring oppa to cute little dongsaeng (he calls her Xiao Ying, squeeee!), but hot diggity if Yu Zheng picks this pairing for RoTC and films that baby right away, he’s guaranteed ratings gold when it airs. Heck, it might even be the first time I ship that particular OTP in any version (I always ship Yang Guo with Guo Xiang – yes, age difference bedamned). Whatever drama Yu Zheng picks for them will definitely top my radar, because who can deny they are the most sizzling onscreen C-couple in years that deserve every bit of their newfounded breakout fame.
C-news is abuzz about a possible romance between them. They kissed for real onstage during the taping of Happy Camp, and reporters caught them arriving at Beijing airport on the same flight with their assistants but being very chummy together. They’ve also admitted on a talk show that real sparks did fly during filming, but claimed that it was due to being so in character. Hhhhmmm, riiiiiiight.