This is a bit like a wayback machine but the leads of In A Good Way have been red hot ever since the drama premiered two months ago so it’s adorable to find their more low key promotional pics from before the drama aired. Nowadays the fans and the press are itching to scrutinize every interaction between Lego Lee and Kirsten Jen, so much so I worry my babies will be awkward around each other down the road. Lego and Kirsten were joined by Jay Shih and Smile Wen in early November at an open mic night at the Live House at EZ5, a very well-known pub that opened its doors in 1990 and in the last two decades have been the fertile ground for the discovery of talented singers who have gone on to success. The foursome hit up Live House on November 7th, exactly a week before IAGW premiered on November 15th, and it’s so adorable to see their easy camaraderie even so early on in the drama filming. Lego looks nothing like his Liu Chuan persona, and in fact appears to have just rolled out of bed and joined his cast mates. Initially they were they just to take in the show but once the MC spotted them all four were called onstage and asked to perform a song. They chose one of the most iconic 90’s songs Richie Jen’s “The Girl Across the Way Look Over Here”.
Be forewarned the performance is a giant hot mess. Singing off key, Lego looking at the lyrics written on the palm of his hand, Kirsten asking for a do-over – you name it, these four suck their way right into it. But it’s still the cutest impromptu attempt ever. Once IAGW started it was immediately clear all the actors were perfectly cast for their roles. It’s funny now looking back but there was some suggestion that Smile and Lego were almost too perfectly cast and not much acting would be required of them. Lego is naturally as athletic as Liu Chuan and he was the School Grass when he attended National Taiwan Sports University. Smile is even more like Bai Xue – she’s whip smart being a graduate of Taiwan’s top college which is National Taiwan University (Tai Da), and she graduated number 1 in her departmental major as well. During her four years at Tai Da she was also the renowned School Flower much like Bai Xue is at CDU. Similarly Kirsten has a reputation for being totally dorky and rather clueless in real life and even her sister Selena Jen has remarked that the real Kirsten is a lot like Jia En. I say all this because watching the four of them onstage singing and being silly together, I see both the real actors and their characters all blending together. It’s nice hearing them sing, albeit badly, and a great appetizer for Lego’s upcoming performance for the fans since the FB page for IAGW just broke 200,000 fans.
Lego, Kirsten, Jay, and Smile at Live House:
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