When her love life gave her lemons, Tang Yan went and made herself come career lemonade. The Chinese acting world is constantly on the look out for pretty actresses to stay popular in the leading lady status, a spot occupied not just by acting talent but more by having a likable aura onscreen. That’s basically Tang Yan’s entire MO in a nutshell but she struggled in mediocrity for years until the convergence of a very public breakup with ex-boyfriend TW-actor Roy Qiu went her career skyrocketing thanks to public sympathy for her tearful brokenhearted plight.
Tang Tang not only went on to have one hit drama in 2014’s Perfect Couple with Wallace Huo, she just delivered an unprecedented back-to-back-to-back three win streak in the beginning of 2015. First came My Sunshine with Wallace Chung, followed by Lady and Liar with Hawick Lau, and finally The Legend of Fragrance with Li Yi Feng. Not only are all three dramas entertaining enough and very watchable in my opinion, the C-audiences also agree and all three have done gangbuster television ratings. It’s hard enough to have one hit drama, to have all four of her last dramas be hits makes Tang Yan a bona fide C-drama Queen.
The media and netizens are also totally jelly over Tang Tang supposedly “owning” all the male gods in her stable. All I have to say is “you go girl!” If her real love life is currently empty then have tons of smexy male actors to romance onscreen is a nice alternative in the meantime. Of all the hotties she’s been acting with recently, my favorite of the pairings is her with Wallace Huo.