It’s no exaggeration to say that C-actress Tang Yan is basically over-exposed at this point. And it’s not just the international drama audiences thinking that, C-netizens have also gotten fed up with her being in every other drama or movie, and always playing the same “dense, pale, sweet” (傻白甜) character. The slang “dense, pale, sweet” for a drama female lead is a play on how leading man in drama are always “tall, rich, handsome” (高富帅). Tang Tang has especially been playing only a steady stream of “dense, pale, sweet” types in recent years.
That’s finally going to change as she’s just been confirmed as the female lead of the upcoming C-drama adaptation of hugely popular period novel Jin Xiu Wei Yang (锦绣未央, which also has an alternative novel title of 庶女有毒 The Bastard Daughter is Poisonous). The drama will be called The Princess Weiyoung and chronicles the fictional life, betrayal, and revenge of the titular Wei Young, a bastard daughter who tries her hardest to do what is requested of her but keeps getting stepped on and betrayed by her family and even her husband, who divorces her to marry her own older sister. In the end she gets a second chance at life and proceeds to enact epic revenge on everyone who messed with her. This is definitely not a “dense, pale, sweet” female lead to say the least.