Wen Jianing had not done a TV series for many years. When he first made his debut in his last life, he ran around as a minor character in a lot of TV series. After turning to the big screen, he never went back to film a TV series.
The shooting pace of TV series was much faster and less elaborated than in movies, plus with the requirements of today’s domestic market, most of them were shot in a hurry and lacking in quality.
‘The Strange Fate of Hairpin and Phoenix’ could be regarded as a large-scale production with a relatively large investment. As a producer, Lei Xing wanted to use the TV series to promote Wen Lin and Ke Xinhang. Naturally, they had spent a lot of money and put forward the requirement of quality and speed to coexist.
A simple opening ceremony was held the day after Wen Jianing’s arrival, and then they officially went into shooting.
Wen Jianing’s first scene was an emotional scene with the heroine Ling Zhener played by Yuan Qian and Xiao Zongyi played by Wen Lin.
Yuan Qian became popular a few years ago because of a Chinese historical movie*. Her acting skills were very mediocre, but she was beautiful, that was why she was very popular with the audience and was very popular on the internet.
This scene was about Xiao Zongyan bringing a cricket into the palace to show it to Xiao Zongyi but accidentally hearing a maid and a eunuch talking about Xiao Zongyi staying in Ling Zhener’s palace last night. Xiao Zongyan endured the heartache and went to the Imperial Study Room to find Xiao Zongyi. He smiled and told him about crickets, and it happened that Ling Zhener was also there. The two were right next to Xiao Zongyi, secretly glancing at each other.
Xiao Zongyan, played by Wen Jianing, had the look of a flirtatious prince, always with a carefree look
Xiao Zongyan put the cricket cage on the table, and when Xiao Zongyi, played by Wen Lin looked down, Xiao Zongyan looked up at Ling Zhener across the table. The moment the two eyes met, Yuan Qian saw the other party’s smile instantly shrink, his eyes seemed to be bitter and hateful, and his emotions almost overflowed.
Yuan Qian didn’t enter the play so quickly. At this time, when she looked at Wen Jianing, she was taken aback for a moment, and forgot to say the lines she had prepared.
The director called to stop and asked to start again, but he paid more attention to Wen Jianing.
When it was time to start over, Yuan Qian found the state, but from her perspective, she could clearly see Wen Jianing’s expression change freely. When talking with Wen Lin, he had a silly smile, and as long as it was with her, he spoke with a bit of pain in his smile.
At the end of the scene, during the break, the director watched the shots of Wen Jianing, especially the close-ups of his face several times, and asked the assistant director next to him, “What do you think?”
The assistant director looked at it carefully and said, “Not bad.” But after watching it for a while, he sighed, “It’s just that he looks so handsome that it’s easy to be distracted from his acting skills.”
Compared to Wen Jianing, Wen Lin, who was filming for the first time, was much more nervous.
The first scene was mainly the interaction between Wen Jianing and Yuan Qian. Fortunately, in the second scene between Wen Lin and Yuan Qian, NG was always inevitable.
During the break, Wen Jianing told him to not be nervous, and to not worry too much with some details. Acting was always a process of progressing and he didn’t have to force himself too hard.
Afterwards, the filming went a little smoother, although Wen Lin’s acting skills were still very green. Wen Jianing actually felt that for someone like Wen Lin who had never acted in a drama before, it was better to start with the minor role and supporting roles. It was inevitable that he was feeling nervous about such an important role.
However, Lei Xing as an entertainment company, of course, would not let Wen Lin to slowly settle down and accumulate experience. They wanted to use the afterglow of the Voice of the Soul to promote both Wen Lin and Wen Jianing.
After the first day of shooting, when they returned to the hotel, Wen Jianing asked Wen Lin if he wanted to have a snack. Wen Lin was too tired to move. He said, “I’m going to bed.”
Wen Jianing couldn’t help but laugh a little and patted him on the shoulder, “Go get some sleep.”
He and Wen Tinghuan were left to eat seafood noodles at an outside noodle shop, but when Wen Jianing ordered, Wen Tinghuan didn’t order anything.
“You are not going to eat?” Wen Jianing asked.
Wen Tinghuan looked at him with her hands on her face. “You’re still eating noodles so late. Aren’t you afraid of getting fat?”
Wen Jianing smiled upon hearing this, and said, “It won’t be that easy to gain weight.”
This was not to make Wen Tinghuan annoyed, but it was the truth. On the contrary, the 34 years old Wen Jianing, would not dare to eat like this. He still needs to spend a lot of effort to maintain his figure. But as a 20 year old Ke Xinhang, things were really different. He often had to warn himself to eat more, otherwise, he would lose a few pounds if he were a little tired.
As a man, he was too thin, and in fact, he didn’t look good. He liked Lu Jinlang’s hanger shelf figure, with wide shoulders and narrow waist. He looked good in everything.
Wen Tinghuan sighed, “You just make me angry.”
Wen Jianing smiled and asked her, “Are you really not eating?”
Wen Tinghuan shook her head. She said, “Today, the assistant director told me that you are good at acting. Have you learned acting before?”
Wen Jianing said, “No, I learned it by myself.”
Wen Tinghuan took a deep breath and exhaled heavily. She said, “Xinhang, no matter if you are born with good acting skills or you become good because you learned it, I think what the assistant director said today is right. You should think more about it in the future. This kind of idol drama makes it easy for people to ignore your acting skills. After I go back, I will discuss with it Zheng laoshi** and carefully plan your future development path.”
Wen Jianing said with a smile, “Thank you, Ting jie.”
Wen Tinghuan said, “What are the thanks for? This is part of my job. Now you go eat quickly and go back to sleep after eating.”
The shooting of the TV series ‘The Strange Fate of Hairpin and Phoenix’ went well. Although Wen Lin’s acting skills were still green and Miss Yuan Qian’s acting skills were also mediocre, it was enough for a youth idol drama. At least the whole scenes were pleasing to the eye.
The creative staff understand the psychology of today’s young audiences very well. The clothes do not necessarily have to conform to historical characteristics, but they must be beautiful, such as Yuan Qian’s fluffy muffler and cloak, Wen Jianing’s chic and elegant white tunic, and clean and meticulous actors’ makeups. The background tones of the TV series were bright and beautiful. The plot was also fast-paced, relaxed and cheerful in the early stage, and with fierce melodramatic scenes in the later stage.
The official Weibo of the TV series releases some live photos and shooting highlights from time to time, and there were a lot of reposts on the internet. The readers of the original novel were originally young women and both Wen Lin and Wen Jianing satisfied most of the readers in terms of appearance and style. Gradually, they were not so concerned about whether the production followed the original plot. Some girls’ attention also had shifted from the TV series to the actors themselves.
A girl went to visit the set, took a video with her mobile phone and posted it on the internet.
In the video, Wen Jianing was helping Wen Lin sort out the jade pendant hanging on his belt. He half squatted beside Wen Lin and raised his head to talk to Wen Lin while sorting it out. The video appeared ambiguous and the sound couldn’t be heard clearly. But after Wen Lin lowered his head to respond to him, the two looked at each other and smiled.
Later, this video also became a hot topic of the day, which aroused an enthusiastic response from many people.
The official Weibo also discovered the influence this topic brings, so from time to time, several photos of Wen Lin and Wen Jianing together were posted, and another day a behind-the-scenes video was also posted. The video was filming Xiao Zongyi and Xiao Zongyan was having a confrontation in front of Ling Zhener. It was the scene of Xiao Zongyi grabbing Xiao Zongyan’s lapel and berating him loudly. However, because Yuan Qian who was standing behind said the wrong line it resulted in NG. Wen Lin suddenly laughed and let go of Wen Jianing and stretched out his arms to hug him.
Various topics of this TV series are boiling on the internet.
Wen Tinghuan said to Wen Jianing, “Just wait for it to be popular.”
Wen Jianing didn’t say anything.
Wen Tinghuan said again, “Let me ask you, do you want to take advantage of the buzz to make more TV series next, or slow down your steps and move in the direction of acting in a movie?”
Wen Jianing said to her, “I told you before, I want to stand higher than Lu Jinlang.”
Wen Ting smiled, “Okay, I get it.”
The TV series took four months to shoot, and midway through the shooting, the news of ‘October Fireworks’ came, and only then did Wen Jianing remember that he hadn’t seen Lu Jinlang for a long time.
Lu Jinlang called Wen Jianing. That night Wen Jianing was rushing to the filming, and the phone was in Wen Tinghuan’s hands. Wen Tinghuan saw that it was Lu Jinlang who was calling and didn’t answer it for him. She just returned a text message and said that Wen Jianing was going to shoot.
It was late at night when work ended, and Wen Jianing did not call Lu Jinlang back.
When he called Lu Jinlang the next day, Lu Jinlang said to him that he was out on vacation and that he would see him again when Wen Jianing’s scene finished.
“Okay, have a nice trip,” Wen Jianing said to him.
Wen Jianing ended his part of the play earlier than Wen Lin. When he returned to the airport by plane, he found that there were fans to pick him up. For his fans, Wen Jianing had always been gentle. He would try his best to satisfy everyone’s requirements for taking photos and autographs because he still remembered those young girls crying sadly at his funeral.
However, it was obviously impossible to do that at the airport. When he saw so many people gathered at the airport, security personnel were dispatched to escort Wen Jianing out, and he was not allowed to stay at the airport for too long.
When he got in the car sent by the company to pick them up, Wen Ting smiled and asked him, “How do you feel?”
Wen Jianing said, “I am a little touched and a little happy.” This is the truth. Although he had enjoyed such treatment in the past, he once again felt surrounded by enthusiasm after such a long time, so he couldn’t help feeling a little more moved.
The driver kept driving him back home.
Wen Tinghuan said to him, “Take a few days off, and you don’t have to go back to the company right away. When Wen Lin comes back, you have to record the theme song. Wait for my call.”
Wen Jianing said goodbye to her.
Back home, Wen Jianing emptied his head and thought about nothing. He intended to make up for two days of sleep. But when he has just fallen asleep, he received a call from Lu Jinlang.
Lu Jinlang said as if joking, “You didn’t even tell me you were back?”
Wen Jianing asked, “Are you back?”
Lu Jinlang told him, “I heard that your filming is over, I can’t wait to come back.”
Wen Jianing smiled lightly.
Lu Jinlang asked him, “What are your plans for the next two days?”
Wen Jianing thought for a moment, “Nothing is planned yet.”
Lu Jinlang said, “Then let’s go out and find a comfortable place to stay.”
The comfortable place Lu Jinlang said referred to Lanlu. Lanlu had a small courtyard for guests to stay, a wooden building guest rooms in front of a small courtyard with a single door. The room inside was a very luxurious, comfortable, and modern suite.
Lu Yunan drove Wen Jianing to Lanlu. The first thing Wen Jianing did after arriving was sleeping. He slept on the soft big bed in the guest room until the next morning. When he woke up, he saw Lu Jinlang sitting under the window, reading a newspaper on a single sofa.
When Lu Jinlang saw him waking up, he asked him, “Did you get enough sleep?”
Wen Jianing nodded, “I’m so hungry.”
Breakfast was delivered to the guest room, Wen Jianing ate a small bowl of beef noodles, topped with cake, fried eggs and coffee.
After he ate, he walked into the yard in his pyjamas and stretched out, taking a deep breath of the fresh mountain air.
Lu Jinlang came over and hugged him from behind, and said, “Do you miss me?”
Wen Jianing grabbed his hand and said, “Now I’m thinking.”
If he wanted to describe it more precisely, Wen Jianing felt that his body was starting to miss Lu Jinlang. It was strange that for so many years as Wen Jianing, he had always felt that these things were nothing more than a kind of outlet and had never tried to crave so much.
It was probably because he had not experienced the kind of pleasure that makes his whole body tremble. He felt that he had reached the top, but the person in control of his body was telling him by his actions that it was not enough, and he had to continue to make him comfortable to the point that it was almost painful. Or maybe he was actually physically gay, but he didn’t know it for many years.
It certainly was inappropriate and a waste of time to do this kind of thing in bed in the morning, but Wen Jianing felt it was a little difficult to control himself. He felt Lu Jinlang put his hand over his mouth and said in his ear, “Shh—” but his eyes were moist and shook his head. He felt that his mind had been controlled by his body. He couldn’t think about what kind of response to make.
After all, they had been separated for four months.
When it was over, Lu Jinlang stood by the bed and dressed. Wen Jianing saw a scratch on Lu Jinlang’s shoulder, which he had just left. Although his nails are not long, he must’ve scratched them very hard.
Lu Jinlang noticed that he was watching. He sat down close to let him see and said, “You are very fierce today.”
Wen Jianing sat up and kissed lightly on his shoulder.
Lu Jinlang looked at him intently, then leaned in and kissed his lips.
They didn’t walk out of this small yard until dinner. Lu Jinlang said that he would go to eat sushi with him, but Wen Jianing felt a little weak in his legs. He really didn’t want to admit that his 20-year-old body was not as good as the 30-year-old Lu Jinlang. It was a pity that Ke Xinhang’s body was relatively weak. He began to think about spending an hour out for a run every day.
Lu Jinlang originally walked a bit ahead of him, then stopped and stretched out his hand to him, held his hand and walked together.
Instead of small private rooms, this sushi house had rotating sushi.
When they went in, they saw a friend inside. In fact, it should be said that it was Wen Jianing’s former friend, not Lu Jinlang’s.
That person was Guan Xiaotian. He was also a well-known actor. He made his debut at about the same time as Wen Jianing, and the two people have always had a deep friendship. But the last time he saw Guan Xiaotian, it was at Wen Jianing’s own funeral, and a year has almost passed in the blink of an eye.
Guan Xiaotian was accompanied by a twenty-seven or eight-year-old woman. She was not very beautiful, but she looked gentle and quiet. It was his girlfriend named Le Shu. He heard that Le Shu had a good family background. She also graduated with a master’s degree, and her education was much higher than Guan Xiaotian. Guan Xiaotian told Wen Jianing in the past that he was serious about Le Shu and that the two were going to get married. Now it had been another year, but he didn’t know if he had pulled the marriage certificate.
When Guan Xiaotian saw Lu Jinlang and him coming in, he took the initiative to say hello to Lu Jinlang, the kind that was very polite. Guan Xiaotian was not familiar with Lu Jinlang, and Wen Jianing knew it well.
Lu Jinlang sat down with Wen Jianing, and Lu Jinlang personally helped him pour soy sauce on the plate.
Le Shu couldn’t help raising her head to look at them, then turned her gaze away.
In Lanlu, if you didn’t want to be seen, you could stay in the private room and enjoy private space all the way. Most people who came here wouldn’t do so, because those who came here knew the rules, otherwise, they wouldn’t be qualified to come again in the future.
The sushi house was very quiet, with only very soft music. Lu Jinlang were helping Wen Jianing to get some sushi and told him which one he thought was delicious.
Guan Xiaotian and Le Shu were talking in low voices, and after a while, their voices became a little louder, as if they were quarrelling.
Wen Jianing raised his head and looked at them.
Guan Xiaotian suddenly put the small plate in front of him on the table. When Le Shu saw this, she got up, picked up her bag and went out. Guan Xiaotian didn’t chase her either, and sat alone gloomily.
Wen Jianing wanted to go over and persuade him just like how it is in the past, but he would not do such a foolish thing in front of Lu Jinlang.
Lu Jinlang watched him getting distracted while taking a piece of sushi with his chopsticks, so he asked, “It’s not delicious?”
Wen Jianing shook his head, “It’s delicious,” he smoothly picked up the sushi and fed it into Lu Jinlang’s mouth.
Guan Xiaotian suddenly stood up, signed the bill and went out. He never looked at Wen Jianing from beginning to end.
Wen Jianing suddenly remembered that Guan Xiaotian had said in the past that he hated that kind of person who looked neither male nor female, and Wen Jianing suddenly realized that this was probably how Guan Xiaotian saw him now. Wen Jianing felt a little uncomfortable, not because of his relationship with Lu Jinlang, but because he knew that his body was really the type that Guan Xiaotian had described.
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*部古装片 it originally means a ancient costume films which I changed into Chinese historical movie, I hope the meaning doesn’t change too much
**Laoshi means teacher
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