The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

The Birth of An Actor is a new show on Zhejiang TV featuring a crop of actors and actresses in acting challenges against a fellow actor each week. The judges are Song Dan Dan, Zhang Zi Yi, and Liu Ye. Actor Zhang Guo Li serves as the MC. Acting is still subjective in my opinion so this show is a platform for fiery discussion among netizens, fans, and non-fans alike. The always hot-topic individual Zheng Shuang is in the first week, pitted against Ren Jia Lun and Song Dan Dan, while she wins against Allen, she loses to the veteran actress, respectively. In the short play, Zheng Shuang plays Zhang Zi Yi’s character in her big screen’s debut The Road Home, directed by Zhang Yi Mou. Other contestants in the same episode are Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun, Huang Lu, and Liu Yun.

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  1. 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

    I’ve watched this show because it looks interesting, and there was drama on weibo lol.
    I know nothing about acting but it seems to me they chose the worse actors out of the two competing ones for each pair, and thus the remaining actor comes out looking too lacking when they had to act with the mentors.

    I know ZS is popular but I’ve no idea how she keeps on getting coveted lead roles. She’s so awkward! All she does is to pout her mouth or widen her eyes, and she keeps on fidgeting and doing funny actions on stage as well.

    • 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

      Zheng Shuan is just a terrible actress. She used to be OK. I don’t know what happened to her. It seems like in C-Drama now whether it’s a guy or girl all you need to be is skinny and pretty and tolerable at variety to land coveted roles. Very few of the younger popular actors are any good at acting. One thing I will say for K-Drama is that they don’t tolerate bad acting. Nearly all of their popular drama actors are also very talented. They will praise good looking actors for their looks and give them endorsements but they will acknowledge their lack of acting talent like Kim Ta Hee, Han Ga In, Song Seung-Heon rarely get top roles but in C-Drama it seems talent counts for very little compared to physical attributes and your weibo following.

      • 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

        Lol I just saw that we have the same username and was confused for a second.

        Hmm I would say both industry is the same. K-dramas have its share of bad actors. In fact, most of the popular actresses in their 20s now are quite bad or mediocre – like Park Shinhye, Go Ara, Shin Sekyung, Yoona, Suzy etc; and these are the ones getting lead roles by star writers. I would say the talented Korean actresses are mostly actresses who do films.

      • 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

        No, there are some that are quite good as well. Like Vin Zhang Bin Bin (The King’s Woman, Three Lives, Three World). He portrays the characters’ emotion very well and deep, and he has good looks too. And he’s only 24. Dilireba’s acting is quite good as well. Yang Zi’s acting skill is not bad either, there are several others good actors…

      • 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

        I don’t think it’s that the K-ent industry doesn’t tolerate bad acting, since a lot of “idols” with minimal/bad acting experience get good roles, but it helps that all leads are only in 1-2 dramas a year, or even only one every few years. Not 5 in one year lol (like Zheng Shuang) which really magnifies the bad acting and provides no incentive to improve when they’re already guaranteed roles. I think K-dramas definitely do value good diction way more than in C-dramas though. I will never understand how people can call themselves an actor/actress if they have to rely on being dubbed over ¯_(ツ)_/¯

        • 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

          I’m always amazed at how much C-actors work.
          Do you know how Chinese actors film so many dramas per year? Esp when one drama takes 3 to 4 months to film. Do they film two at the same time?

      • 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

        Lol…was with you up to the k-entertainment thing.

        An overwhelming number of 20s k-actor and actress are just passable or bad, very few of them are actually good and they all depend on the project, if the role is right then they are passable.

        C-drama has there fair share of bad actors actress as well, neither industry is over the other.

  2. 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

    This seems like such a weird premise for a show.

  3. 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

    wow….. im watching the episode and Im like what is this acting everyone is talking about?! zheng shuang was smiling throughout the show and even Zhang Zi Yi pointed it out – her laughing and not expressing the right emotions.

    i think if the cameras weren’t rolling, she would’ve pulled ZS to the side and do a little talk with her. lol. zheng shuang has lost that charm that she had when she first started out. not sure what happened.

    no idea how she was picked over ren jia lun….

  4. 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

    I guess I’m in the minority that I felt Zheng Shuang was a better actor than Ren Jia Lun iin the scripted segment. ZS isn’t a great actress, but she conveyed the innocence of first love whereas I agreed with the judge that RJL was too confident and didn’t show that he loved her in his portrayal.

    I also didn’t like Zhang Ziyi’s acting in the green snake segment. But was impressed with the sword play with so little time to practice.

    Overall, it is a very subjective show with very little entertainment value for me.

  5. 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

    I thought ZS acted okay in the prepared segment. But she really needs to get rid of her habit of widening her eyes and acting cute and awkward when acting. The character she acted as this time (young innocent girl, first love) maybe allowed her to pull this off, so the habits wasn’t as bad but when every single drama I see her in always have the same old wide-eye acting, it is just plain bad acting.
    Ren JiaLun felt like a robot to me during the prepared segment lol. He was so stiff, as though he was reciting from a book. He was worse than ZS to me. The other segment he was a little better.

    ZS and RJL really paled in comparison to the others. I saw the next pair and immediately forgot ZS and RJL’s acting lol… Really shows how much they both need to improve in their acting. And ZS has been acting for so long already but still the same old same old.

    • 12 thoughts on “The Birth of An Actor Show: Episode 1 with Zheng Shuang, Ren Jia Lun, Zhai Tian Lin, Yu Shao Qun

      I agree. ZS’ wide-eyed, cutesy acting need to grow. It has been too many years of the same old tricks.

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