Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

Are things slowly starting to look up for Xiao Zhan? Thanks to China Star News, we get little updates and translations of stuff buzzing on Weibo. Waiting for his 3 shows!!

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    I really hope so

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    I won’t believe in Wolf broadcasting until I watch first episode, this show has the worst of luck.

    But fingers crossed for Xiao Zhan.

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    Little bits and pieces is better than no news at all— I’LL TAKE IT!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
    A few days ago, he/his studio even put out a statement to declare the official launch of his charity 🥰🥰🥰 Charity is something that’s always been on his heart, so I’m happy that he is able to use his own platform as a social figure to do what he wants and to encourage others to follow in doing good

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      I heard about it. He has been quietly working on stuff that matters to him, and at the same time raising his visibility slightly. I believe that even the charity effort evoked some negative comments but that’s to be expected, since the smear campaign appears to be deliberate.

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        I’m happy and very glad that he is able to work and produce things that are important to him and matter to him, and that he is using his platform as a public figure for good 🥰🥰🥰

        I’m very positive that this will pass soon 🥰🥰 Since, like you said, it’s a deliberate smear campaign, and we have seen how smear campaigns can only last so long and will lose momentum and traction (anti-fans of EXO’s CHEN are an example)…. It’s just a matter of ‘when’ 🤔🤔🤔
        But it could possibly be soon, since the lockdown in China has been loosened in the last few days and people are now allowed to leave their homes and not sit in front of their screens all day/night

        It also helps that Xiao Zhan has a good head on his shoulders and has an understanding that you cannot make the whole world like you, and for every person that likes you, you will most likely have the same amount of people who dislike you. He is mature enough and understands that, and I think it’s what has kept himself (and his agency & Xiao Zhan studio by association) from speaking out. He can see that by doing so (speaking out), in the long run, depending on what he chooses to say if he were to put out a statement, that it may not be a very good move, therefore, he’s choosing to stay quiet and just let it pass, let time tell the tale 👌🏻👌🏻

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Remembering the positive energy of Xiao Zhan and hoping it’s keeping him well and still able to absorb and negate the negative.

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International fans are out to console and in support of Xiao Zhan. Please join in leaving a comment on the YT video and giving it a like to show your support.

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Over 11 minutes compilation of Xiao Zhan with Olay plus other video cuts, before the sh*t hit the fan and this endorsement was taken down. Love that the ad is a mini drama-wannabe, with his voice.

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    I’m glad I finally got to see the OLAY ad. It’s nice to see him looking like a high schooler, with boyish good looks and not just the smouldering man in the suit and the smooth moves. It’s sad that he’s been losing endorsements through no fault of his own, but we wish him all the best and may these dark days be over soon.

    Keep on smiling Xiao Zhan!!

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      Forgot to add that the most beautiful scenery in this compilation is of course Xiao Zhan himself. What a sweet song, especially when sung by XZ … can’t help swaying to it!

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      Wait, what now??? Why his he losing endorsements.

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        @larelle79 @lixie @stpauligurl
        The sad thing is that XZ is being hurt by what I call immature, entitled ‘brats’ (most I believe are young girls/kids) who have struck out in a very mean way … to express their horror, dismay, anger using any means that they can, just because XZ’s fans/anti-fans, etc caused enough ruckus to get AO3, their beloved fan-fic site, blocked in China.

        They want to hurt XZ’s fans who reported AO3 for indecency, by hurting XZ … and/or he’s just an easy target for angry kids to hit at in their tantrums. Because they went on a rampage and threatened to boycott products XZ endorsed, he has been taken off the ads for a few of them. They down voted shows that he acted in.

        The thing is, they know that they are not supposed to be consuming ‘immoral’ stuff, and that it was always tentative when authorities might decide to do another clean sweep to block/clear out ‘bad influences’. They are not entitled to it just because they like it. It could have been the case that regulators had already decided to take action, and would have done something about sites like AO3 anyway around March 1st, so it could have had nothing at all to do with XZ or his fans. However the timing was just so bad. It was a few days end of Feb, when a fan started getting others to report AO3 and the whole thing blew up, so the block seems to be linked to XZ’s fans.

        XZ said in one interview, some time back, that he has been in the ‘trough’ or down and out before, and is not afraid of having to work hard to climb out of it again if he should have to. Well, it seems the time has come where he will have to do just that. May his struggle to overcome this setback make him stronger and show what a determined and persevering soul he is. Jia You Xiao Zhan!

        For detailed info on this sad saga, here’s AvenueX, who did this video, I think without even putting makeup on… she was that fed up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-YuIIhn900&t=2s

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          what happens all boils down to MONEY. Xiao Zhan’s meteroric rise to popularity in China has created jealousy within the c-ent industry. as far as i ununderstand there are paid people who only post hate stuff to whoever they were paid to do their smear campaign online. these people are being paid by competing entertainment companies, PR agencies, as well as rival celebs, with the purpose to bring him down just so all the lucrative product endorsements and acting jobs will not be offered to him anymore. so these people were the ones who made this big when it all started with that fan/s reporting those stuff.
          his cfans played right into their hands. i just pity the poor boy. i think his supporters are just afraid to speak up for him for fear of the backlash from these antis and haters. i have faith that Xiao Zhan will be able to recover from all of this. God bless him.

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            They did speak up. Both sides were accusing each other of cyberbullying.

            Then, the more “main stream” state-affiliated media and perhaps paid cybertroopers joined in leaning towards XZ fans side emphasizing copyright infringement as well as a citizen’s right to report “immoral” content.

            Revamped fan leadership asked the fans to be more low key.

            “Creative freedom” side sensed that big money and government might be turning public opinion against their cause so it also called on its followers to be low key on social media but continue with the boycott. The makeup of this group makes the participants even harder to control.

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          But according to new regulations all BL content is immoral and bad influence? Let’s not be hypocritical here, those who are involved in this from both side are mean and immature but being angry at censorship isn’t wrong, what’s is wrong it the way they expressed it.

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            Not really. As long as BL content follows the “no action below the neck” rule and no underage romance, it is tolerated by regulators.

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            I read lots of BL web novels and some fanfics on various Chinese platforms. I also listen to BL-based audio dramas. A few years ago, smut and racy stuff were common. Now, those have been either taken down or re-edited. When it gets to the racy parts, “Lights off!”

            Some writers can be very creative at making their writings imply such content. However, many have either used “…” or “Here would be content considered unsuitable to publish by…”

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          As a regular consumer of various Chinese BL content, I must say, “Censorship sucks!” It’s a pain in the ass trying to decipher words that have been replaced with 口口. Reading older material, written during laxer censorship, whole chunks of missing stuff entire chapters locked really irritate me to no end.

          Often the blocked words are perfectly normal and acceptable in the entire content. Just that the filters are stupid. Even English words, for example, 口口ile (=”smile”) because “sm” (taken as s&m, abbreviation for sadomasochism) is a no-no.

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      That was a beautiful video ~~~

      Keep strong bb!

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    I read that other fandoms took to boycotting XZ endorsements and mass writing to the brands he is representing 🙁 This mess is still not over and it’s not looking good. His fandom really do him.

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      they have to let it play out..
      the other fandoms can see this as their only retort..

      once the dust settles, and original fandom learns the lesson.. xz would be fine..a comeback after a break will put everything in place..

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      @shach Yes, they really did him in. Acted without thinking of the consequences because of course, there would be retaliation. Wish we international fans can do something more to encourage him and show our support. Maybe I’ll like all the videos of him or something! 🙂

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        Good idea @growingbeautifully. Other than that it’s better to let it go and don’t bring attention to this matter until it pass. He has a lot of good will in industry and unless his fans will do something stupid again it should pass. But for sure it will leave dent in his public image for time being.

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    I’ve read about this but I still don’t understand why the fandom has been taking it out on him when he wasn’t responsible. sigh… I feel so bad for him.
    But can I repeat once again, he is sooo beautiful to look at in every way with that smile of his and wonderful voice.
    I just never get tired of looking at him. sigh…..
    Thanks for the video @growingbeautifully!!

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      Maybe he got very famous too quickly and crazy fandom blames him because they have been taught that their idols are in some kind of competition?

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        His fans reported individual writers to authorities, that’s what enraged people the most, and that they played right into government plans to further censor internet content.

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      His fandom reported to authorities not only sites (they not only reported AO3 but other popular Chinese portals too) but individual writers and that could put this people in very real legal trouble, it enraged not only other celebrities fans but people who were creatively engaged on this sites too. Yes he is not at fault but he in the way represents his fandom in the eye of the public so there is that.

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    Thank you for sharing this ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I really needed it, what with all the negative stuff about XZ and his fandom that just keeps and happening and not relenting 😞😞😞😞

    I really believe that he will be able to bounce back once everything is passed, because he, himself, did not do anything wrong personally

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      @bebeswtz Yes, compared to those who were in drug or sex scandals, XZ has been above board. Unfortunately I heard the China Star News guy say that the lady who interviewed him before advised that he should not just remain quiet but be ready to speak up about it. However, I have no clue what he can possibly say. He cannot speak badly about what the fans did nor go against what authorities have laid as rules to follow. Just that general apology that hopes to hit no nerves is all the XZ Studio could do. But it’s considered as not enough.

      From hindsight, if anyone could have guessed what would happen, his people should have if they could have, controlled the fans a bit. I hear that they can give incentives etc and maybe could have prevented it going overboard, but this is only wisdom after the damage is done.

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        Like you said, the damage is done. Unless an official statement comes out from somewhere—someone— clarifying and completely detaching Xiao Zhan from everything, nothing more that he says or does will help, his words and actions will just be twisted and used against him. It’s the same with us fans: The more we try to say or do to defend him and try to help the situation—even if our motives is good— it will only be twisted and used against us for now because the situation is still attached to him (even though it’s just all rumours and angry speculations & allegations for now, nothing confirmed).

        So I actually think it’s smart for him to keep silent for now

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        This whole thing makes me sick. It’s like XZ has become WWX in real life, being blamed and vilified when he did nothing wrong.
        My daughter always says social media is a shark infested water.

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      he will and that’s what i believe will happen

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    I found this article helpful and informative (I haven’t watched your vid yet by Ave X but will, so thanks for the link):
    https://38jiejie.com/2020/03/03/xiao-zhan-continues-to-suffer-backlash-from-the-ao3-controversy/?fbclid=IwAR3QIs-RSbuCxRT0oFNg4w02y2WhS8jZlcz3lWBaSV2pTbO0SA4CiHoYDcs

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    I feel so bad for him. He does not deserve all these hates he’s getting. Aside from the fandom bringing this up, the apology from the studio did more damage than control/put an end to the situation.

    Also, may the fandom and to whoever started this (I’m in no place to judge but DAMN did they make a mistake or what), learn a lesson from this.

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    I had no idea this was happening and had to google to see the background story as well. Found this very informative video regarding the situation:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yZ-d7FP2ak

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I’m not sure if this was posted by anyone here, however, here’s Xiao Zhan laughably making mistakes at the Ellemen interview. He made so many and he thought they’d be edited, I think, but nope!

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    So cute as usual. Thanks! I saw this vid on YT but didn’t watch it as I get notices for probably dozens of XZ vids a day and just can’t watch them all! Glad you posted.

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    HE IS SUCH A SQUISHY MARSHMALLOW 😍😍😍🥰🥰🥰😘😘😘 I wanna take him home 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺

    I love how he’s not so obsessed with keeping up with his ‘Idol’ image and just laughs everything off…. It’s so freeing and relaxing to see

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      He was probably feeling freer, thinking that those parts would be cut out of the final aired video. So funny. I wonder if he’d be the same if he knew they’d keep the errors as they were. 😂 😁

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        I don’t think he would be or feel any different ☺️☺️☺️ Xiao Zhan is like that— he is unapologetically himself, and is comfortable with that fact… He is known to be SUUUUUPER polite, humble, hardworking, respectful and has a higher-than-most- people work ethic compared to other “idols” and because of all of this, he’s been called “fake” and superficial a LOT of times by others (it’s a large reason why many anti-fans called him out and said that his donations to the coronavirus was extra and unnecessary and disrespectful to his seniors in the industry for over ceding his seniors in the industry once they found out about his efforts—and before the antis even found out about his donations, they called him out and asked why hadn’t he donated yet… sigh, you can never please everyone), but he still remains himself, not choosing to change just because of the hate he gets…

        He explains it in this interview (Links are English subbed 🤗🤗)— it’s one of my favourite interviews of his

        Part 1
        https://youtu.be/Z5qqGYYhXRY

        Part 2
        https://youtu.be/nFu0peT2dJs

        Part 3
        https://youtu.be/mHqafVSNV5w

        Part 4
        https://youtu.be/nGBoxIOF5AE

        Part 5 (extra footage)
        https://youtu.be/EUsShNVWM58

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          Crazy people. Do they think guy has to make a poll to try to please them and give only the amount they think it’s respectable? Everything must be some competition? I can’t even believe he has anti fans, the whole fan culture is so strange for people from far away.

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            I’m not surprised he has antis… No one can ever please the whole entire world and it’s impossible to make everyone like you, being a public figure is no different. How he responds to said antis, though, is his choice, and so far, I have not seen or heard (and don’t think I ever will) it having an impact on him

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          You’re a genuine fan @bebeswtz!!! XZ needs more sincere people like you. Poor guy is put into hot soup for nothing, just because others want to be ‘difficult’, have issues, are suicidal, etc. I’m referring of course to the unwarranted wars over the AO3 etc fan fic sites and its spillover. Poor XZ.

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            Thank you @growingbeautifully ❣️

            This whole AO3 thing…. sigh…. I don’t even know where to start.

            It all bottles down to censorship and it breaks my heart that it’s come this far, especially now that some people have literally put their lives on the line, but that is all I’m going to say about this issue. I’m not going to takes sides, I’m not going to try to defend or justify anything or anyone.

            After XZ Studio put out that official statement yesterday, maybe or maybe not they did more—or HE—might’ve done more or may have done NOTHING more, we don’t know. From what I can guess, though, as a fan—as a HUMAN BEING— is that I’m sure he takes this seriously, especially now that people have their lives on the line, but we don’t know how he will respond it either, publicly or privately. He’s a public figure, but is very private person at the same time, and I don’t blame the guy. But I do hope that he will be able to bounce back from this.

            I just hope that everyone will come out of this okay

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            As for being a fan of things in general, I’m sure that people can see from my Fan Wall and what I choose to post and put out, I’m actually very particular and choose-y about the things I like and decide to follow and become a fan of.
            I’m not a fan of every and all Kpop groups (male or female). I’m not a fan of every Kpop solo artist (male or female). I’m not a fan of every K-actor/actress.
            My standards of choosing who and what to be a fan of bottles down to what I can see and take from the artist/actor/actress when it’s the quieter moments and the less flashy moments.

            Since we are on the topic of him:
            The moments like the more chill interview above of Xiao Zhan. Moments like when his eyes sparkle when he talks about his cat, Nut. Moments when I can find consistency in his personality & how he treats people on and off the camera. So much nowadays can be faked or can be done just for show so that a public figure gains traction and gets people to believe what the PR team behind the artist wants the public to believe. But for Xiao Zhan in particular, I don’t think he’s fake. I definitely can see that he is a genuine person who chose to enter the entertainment business because he genuinely enjoys what he does. Hardly anyone would leave a good-paying job—that s/he went to school and spent all that money and time on— or would tell their parents “No, I don’t need your money, I just need your moral support” just to put everything on the line to debut so late in the biz to “hope for the better”, no. He chose to enter the biz because of his hobby in singing but found a love of acting and has simply been working towards that since. Everything else and everyone else he has or will encounter, that will give him a boost in his entertainment career (like “The Untamed”), I don’t believe he takes for granted, nor will he ever take anything related to his entertainment career for granted

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            Long reply, sorry 😅😅😅

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            poor XZ. mess is an understatement of what has been going on for the last several days and still going on in weibo regarding XZ. oh i pity my son. i want to give him a hug.

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    ❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.

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    I wonder if translation is correct? He is 64kg being 1.80m ? That’s way too skinny and he talks as if it’s good, and people ask about it as if it’s ok to keep asking about his weight, and it’s all crazy kk.

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      Hi @lixie yup, that’s one of the normal topics for questions. Strange, right? As if because he’s a celebrity and Korean, it’s anyone’s business. What’s your age, weight, breadth of shoulders, job, … got a girlfriend? … getting married soon?

      I agree that he’s probably underweight. Don’t know why celebrity ‘beauty’ involves being emanciated.

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    why is my son so cute?

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FMV is on the Nie boys … there’s news that the other movie spinoff from The Untamed, “Fatal Journey” will be showing soon, since its poster is out.

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This one is a different kind of video. It’s to support the people of China who have been fighting COVID-19 together. It touched me with its patriotism and determination. Jia You China! Fighting China!

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Another interview with Xiao Zhan, looking his natural best, & speaking in his usual down-to-earth way about himself & his relationship with his parents and Nut. Refreshing & always a pleasure to watch

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The Untamed OST by AvenueX. Sweet, unadorned, pensive. Brings back the feels!

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In support of the front-liners in China’s battle against the 2019-nCoV virus, here’s an official MV. I’m glad to see our Xiao Zhan is fine and still busy in this difficult period. Jiayou Everyone!

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Another wow song from Xiao Zhan. I liked the expressions of the audience and panel. 😆

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An interesting kind of Cover Shoot. It does not actually seem like BTS. But whatever it is, it’s been edited quite seamlessly. Wish there was one shot of him with a real smile! 😁 😄 😃

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Here’s another great interview with Xiao Zhan. What he would say to his own self, if he met himself 5 years younger, made me tear up.

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      He describes/compares his temperament to that of a cat– not liking confrontations/not like to make a scene, but if something were to happen or if push comes to shove, he WILL be like a cat and claw his way out or around… Ergo, his little clawing action that he did lol

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      Wow – what a thoughtful and truly introspective young man he is. Thank you for sharing this. XiaoZhan just doesn’t fail to deliver. I look forward to seeing what he does with himself over the next 5-10 years.
      Thank you @growingbeautifully!

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    I love him.

    The more I learn about him, the more interviews of his that I watch and hear the answers of, the more I watch of him, the more works of his that I watch and see that he choose…
    My heart ~~

    The way he just lights up and his eyes just sparkle at the thought of baked good and cakes and choosing to be a pastry chef as his life-long career is just so sweet and endearing

    Hmmm What he chooses to say to his younger self– if only all artists were able to do the same and tell themselves the same thing then maybe–just maybe– there would be less self harm within the entertainment industry, less stigma on mental health, and more resources and help given out

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      Same … the more I listen to him and watch BTS of him, the more lovable he is, and the more I want to see of him. He has that knack of being so genuine (even if the questions or script are given to him in advance), that everything he says and does overflows with sincerity. Looks like we’re going to be fans of this boy for a long time!

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        Just like Na Ying says, he’s just so PURE ☺️☺️☺️☺️🥰🥰🥰🥰
        I think it has to do with what he always (humbly) says he tries to keep in mind with all that he does— to approach everything with a “初心” mindset…
        Translation: To approach and do everything with the mindset that you’re doing it for the very first time…. That way, there is always room to grow, room to learn, and room for improvement

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      I wonder why he always keeps saying that he cannot be an actor for long time (he’s not seeing acting as a long-term career)?!! He’s so talented, hard-working and good looking and has a potential to stay in the industry for long long time… Maybe living as a celebrity is so overwhelming or perhaps too restraining for him that he feels he cannot endure it for so long

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        Like you say, I think it’s because of how restraining, but at the same time, too overwhelming for him. I think he prefers the more quiet lifestyle— he always says that if he were to choose a life-long career for himself, it would be a pastry chef with his own bakery—It’s also most likely because being a public figure/celebrity was never his first choice for a career. He has the talent (and the bonus of looks) and the humble personality that will bring him far and will help him to receive popularity long term in the entertainment industry, but I doubt that the work he does being a public figure/celebrity is his passion. I see him as more of an arts/humanities type of person— photography, design, visual arts, humanitarian work.

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          Being a public figure/celebrity might not be his passion, but I believe acting and signing is actually his main/primary passion (I can see that when he performs and how hardworking he is as an actor/singer)… So I guess the rigid restrains around him as an Asian Celebrity are the main reason that he wants to pursue his other passions rather than his main passion and talent… he just desires more freedom in his future life… Anyway I hope he opens his pastry shop in Canada, more precisely in BC 😂😂😂

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    So mature, thoughtful and reflective for such a young person.

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    this is one of the reasons why we love our boy Xiao Zhan

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    I love his interviews. He has a very deep awareness, maturity, and humbleness about him. I wonder if this is because he was a bit older when he entered the industry compared to others, which helped give him a perspective outside of being a star and just being a normal person.

    I typically don’t bother watching actor/idol interviews as I tend to find them boring. But there is this genuineness and deep introspection about him that draws me to him and makes me want to watch all his interviews. He doesn’t feel fake and his responses are all very well thought out and interesting to listen to.

    Thanks for posting this @growingbeautifully ❤️

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LOL! Poor goldfish! 🤪 😱 😂 So funny! And a puzzled Xiao Zhan was wondering why Na Ying and the audience were going crazy laughing. He thought he had made a mistake … poor XZ. Pure entertainment!

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This was such a lot of fun! Maybe more so because of Na Ying. I was rolling around 🤣 😂 at XZ’s expressions and how game they both were doing what were supposed to be ’70s moves. Cute entertainment!

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Here, to round off the 2 short videos directed by the same Director, is the PD herself, giving us the (happy) lowdown on Xiao Zhan, whom she calls naturally cute.

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    I love that she’s amazed at his “purity” and that he takes “natural” to the hilt, opting to act without doing hair or makeup. Kudos to him for being authentic in his roles, no matter how short or small, and for being a real professional and authentic actor, serious about his craft.

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The compilation of interviews of Xiao Zhan on Wei Wu Xian, thanks to “Xiao Zhan 1005”. More great and English subbed vids on his interviews in this channel. 😃 😌 😁

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    His love, respect, understanding, Grace, and wisdom for Wei Ying are all the things that brought to live the character of Wei Ying and made him all the more alive, real, and tangible ❤️❤️❤️

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The fuller interview with Xiao Zhan on the ‘Buying Ears’ short video. It was amazingly done all in one take. Congrats to Director and Actor for their great work. What talent all around! 😍 👏 😄

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So good!! Here’s another short of Xiao Zhan and it’s an amazing one-man performance that tugs on the heartstrings. Why does his smile make the tears start up?

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Tencent makes the most of their brightest star of 2019. Still, Xiao Zhan deserves lots of credit. Congrats to Xiao Zhan on his sudden rise to acknowledgement and popularity! May he keep growing well!

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