Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since our country bumpkin kick-started her career in the entertainment world. After winning Yahoo’s Search Star Game (搜星比赛), she scored her first CF. While she was in minor roles in dramas that I have watched, alongside actresses like Chen Qiao En, Ady An, etc.., I only ever started to pay attention to her elf-like features when she was cast in the remake of Huan Zhu Ge Ge (Princess Returning Pearl) in 2011 as the demure and intelligent Qing Er. The fandom really began for me with Female Prime Minister, buoyed by her fantastic chemistry with Chen Xiao and the onslaught of pretty, pretty visuals. So I guess one way or another, Yu Zheng brought us together. *snickers* Never thought I would say that line….

Well, first, let’s get these newly released stills out of the way. Zhao Li Ying’s wedding night with William Chan in The Mystic Nine and their battle to see who’s on top. LOL. I did tell you our girl is not the prim one. Hurray! MUHAHAH

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Walk down Memory Lane:

Below you can videos of her during the Star Search competition. I still laughed and died of second hand embarrassment every time I watch her sing in these clips.

In the clip below, you will see her good friend Kristy Zhang as well. 🙂

And this is probably my favorite fanmade mv of her because it shows the fan’s dedication in compiling all her roles in the past 10 years.

Congratulations for making this far, Li Ying! Continue to do you!

When people ask me why I like her so much, I really don’t have a well-defined answer. Sometimes, there is no logical reasoning behind your affection. But I have come to like her old self and work ethics. Do I get angry when people don’t like her and post unpleasant comments? Not anymore. And let me tell you, I read countless of awful things about her both in Chinese and English. Do I respond to them?

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Let my sister from the hood tell you the answer:

  1. 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

    Lol. That last gif.

    Omg. She sang for her talents??!! Hahhaa who told her she could sing? So funny. But congratulations to her dor starting from the bottom up without connections.

    • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

      She has improved greatly over the years, but I wouldn’t call it as one of her talents. Lol. Points for trying and sounding decent in her recent songs. Not back then. X)

  2. 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

    OMG, Happy debut anniverssary! So happy for her 10 years!
    She really started from the bottom and moved to the top. So proud of her! I loved her from Cuo Dian Yuan Yang and never regretted it (bonus, Yumama is hence not the one who introduced her to me)! There are just so many reasons to love her, so I feel like people who don’t like her just didn’t check her projects yet!
    Before Hua Qian Gu, she got so so many haters. Now, I feel like slowly, thanks her large span of projects, she has such a strong fandom. Yeah!

    • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

      But Yumama did bring her face to the wider audience. He has a knack for pushing young faces to the screen. 🙂

      Oh, she still gets many haters, especially during Hua Qian Gu. There’s weibo of anti fans attacking her character every episode. Lol.

      • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

        That’s true. She did film like 2 dramas and 1 movie with him, and got the Legend of Zu gig thanks to Nicky Wu watching Legend of Lu Zhen. But with her talent, I am sure it was just a question of time! *nod nod*
        My love hate relationship with Yumama… argh so conflicting. He better come up with something good this year because I was so disappointed by anything he touched last year..
        Seriously? OMG, so happy I don’t read much weibo comments then 😛 I see the top comments on youtube complimenting her and I am satisfied haha

        • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

          Well, Demon Girl and Memory Lost so far look really pretty. *_*

      • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

        Yeah the comments on youtube bother me too. Even for things like Happy Camp and her one appearance on Run Brothers, she gets so much hate. Yeah, she used to be so adorably awkward I got second hand embarrassment; but honestly she’s gotten so so much better and when she can relax and be herself, she’s freaking hilarious. It’s not so much the negative comments, and more of the single sentence comments of a simple “she’s annoying”, “She’s ______(negative adjective)”. Like it’s one thing to say you don’t like someone or you hate something they did or seems, but you can’t just use a blanket sentence like “she’s annoying and fake”, cuz then you’re no longer expressing what YOU think of her but rather a general absolute about her character.

  3. 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

    I always knew she has that naughty side in her ? William must love that scene with her on top. GO ZLY, show him who’s the Boss. Congrats on your #10thShowbizAnniv #ZLYmyForeverCRUSH #TheCutestFISH

    • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

      We all like our girls with a naught in the belly right? Teehee! ;D

  4. 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

    Hey Kap, just curious, you said “But I have come to like her old self and work ethics.” Like, do not like her now/new-self or is there something in the news? I don’t really follow celebs outside of their work and their reality show/appearances (always too lazy to watch too many interviews or fan/news-stalkings) so I never really know what’s going on. But I know a lot of people have been upset about her character-issue with Yang Zi’s in the Jade Dynasty adaptations (sorry, forgot the drama name again). Is she like changing or is there a lot of bad press?

    So far still loving her though. Adorbs.

    • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

      Sorry to confuse you Juli, I didn’t word it right. When I said old, I mean that while she’s very young, she’s like an old grandma in personality. Very straightforward and doesn’t sugarcoat her words on shows. Sometimes, appearing very awkward.

      Yea, she endured quite a bit of backlash for accepting and presumably stealing the “lead” role from Yang Zi. But since the Director (I’m trusting his words here, Lol), said the story won’t change fundamentally, the fans’ ire is appeased. Plus, I already saw her sleeping body in fan photos. heh.

      And I’m happy to report that Yang Zi and Li Ying get along fine. They went out to dinner and look at this gif below! Cute. 🙂

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      • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

        Awesome! Just wanted to make sure, since there are so many celebs who fade out after their 5-minutes-of-spotlight, and I feel like ZLY has so much potential, talent, personality, and great work ethic that she’s prob like Hu Ge where she gets her break, and then continues improving and getting better.

        That gif is adorable! Didn’t really watch any of Yang Zi’s previous works, but I loved her character growth in Ode to Joy (and she’s a great actress with tons of skill and variety) despite not getting too into Ode itself. So now I’m def looking forward to Yang Zi in this JadeDynasty adaptation too.

  5. 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

    Is there a video of ZLY taken with Ma Ke and Wang Kai from an event 10 years ago?

    • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

      Nope. I haven’t seen any video. I’m just wondering whether they remember being at the same place at the same time, all newbies. Would be interesting. heh.

  6. 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

    holly c#@p! I’m late to the party as usual. Sorry about that! All the best wishes to our girl! I hope she enjoys great success in her personal and professional live !!! Jia you, Li Ying! :)))
    We have excellent offerings from her this summer and I hope they won’t disappoint (really, really, reeeeeaally hope they won’t, coz I like William and LY and last year she was paired with another favorite of mine aaaaand we all saw how that turned out)

    • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

      Better late than never. 🙂

      Me too, Nell. I have an altar set up to pray hard for her dramas!! LOL.

      • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

        It’s a good thing that at least one of us is a believer, Kap. 🙂 Now, all she has to do is get a project with one (or more) of the guys from the Disguiser’s trinity. Then, I can stop watching dramas and die happy (kidding, will probably stay to haunt the living and watch some more :p )
        btw, what is going on in the gif above?!???

        • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

          That is behind the scene, one of the many fights between their characters. When the cameras were not rolling, they decided to dance and mirrored each other. Lol.

  7. 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

    Those pictures of ZLY and William are hwat *_* their names went on the hot search after they posted, hehe! I like ZLY after Shanshan, she’s one of the better actresses in the Chinese industry and just adorable on screen 😀

    • 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

      Aren’t they??!! I do need some spice to raise the heat around here since we are not getting any skinship in Chusen.

  8. 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

    Squee. Adorable. I saw her in Huan Zhu Ge Ge and was mesmerized . Luckily Simon wasn’t judging her singing. I want to trade places with William Chan. Love her.

  9. 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

    I’ve been watching “Boss & Me” MVs on Youtube, and OMG was Zhao Li Ying the cutest as Shan Shan! I heart her round, pinchable cheeks so much,
    And sorry for going off-topic, but is there any chance of a Shan Shan movie happening anytime in the near (or not so near) future?

  10. 24 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying’s 10th Year Debut Anniversary (May 6th)

    Aww….it’s already 10 years! Congratulations to my queen! She’s my top 3 chinese actress, alongside Vicki Zhao and Ruby Lin! Just like you, l fell in love with her since remake of Huan Zhu Ge Ge! She’s just flawlessly beautiful! Watched her dramas with her as lead role, she’s a great actress! l hope we can continue to watch her dramas in another 10 years!

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    I know it’s been sooo late to comment but I still have to cause I just lost my breath for a second looking Li Ying & William picture above..beautiful..perfect couple..hope they will have same project in modern drama as a couple so I can watch more scene of them being together.. wink wink

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