Although they were only reading whatever was on the script, Shen’s cadence and emotional tension showed everyone his wonderful acting skills. However, his voice condition was not so good, it appeared that he hadn’t practice for a long time and his voice couldn’t keep up with his skills.
Yang Lizhi, who was arrogant at first, also looked at Shen Jintai with her head turned sideways. Bai Qingquan sat beside her and everything he saw was the back of Yang Lizhi's head all the way.
Yang Lizhi had a hairpin on her hair. It was very simple, orchid-shaped hairpin. But also, very beautiful, so beautiful the Bai Qingquan couldn’t focus on the reading.
He wanted to wear it.
“Qingquan,” Guo Rui reminded him: “it's your turn.”
Bai Qingquan came back to his senses and stammered over the lines because he was nervous: “It seems that the prince is not in, not into women.”
“Not this one, the one above.” Guo Rui said.
Everyone laughed in a low voice. They didn’t mean to embarrass Bai, but he flushed.
Damn it, he lost to Shen Jintai!
Bai Qingquan immediately straightened up his chest and was ready to compete!
The leading actor was doing his best, let alone others.
Guo Rui was very satisfied with the reading. Everyone was full of spirit! Especially in the last scene from Bai Qingquan and Shen Jintai, that was almost acting instead of reading.
Bai Qingquan's character was already the prince at that moment. He was introverted, and his emotion was not as flexible as Shen Jintai's. Shen Jintai was probably really into it. He raised his hand and wiped his eyes full of tears. He was supposed to show stubbornness in that scene. After he finished crying, he wiped his face and was no less manly than before. Though the tears were still coming down, they somehow made people think that he’s straight forward. Bai Qingquan was determined to beat Shen on this one. He lost control of his emotion. At last, he burst into tears and said: “You'd better go back and figure out who you are!”
Seeing that, everyone was shocked, it felt like a live play. You can imagine how exciting it will be when the shooting starts.
Everyone was totally impressed by Shen Jintai, especially the screenwriter Meng Xiaosheng. She already knew that Bai Qingquan’s a good actor, but the performance of Shen Jintai was a surprise to her. Shen Jintai's eyes were still red, and his eyelashes were still wet, which made him more attracting in a way.
There were still some who didn't have make-up. In the interval between the reading procession, they went next door to put on their make-up, among them there were Song Wei and Shen Jintai.
This time, Song Wei was much more kind to Shen Jintai: “Young man, you really know something about handling your lines. I’m not quite familiar with you. Have you taken any professional training?”
Shen Jintai shook his head and said: “No.”
“Well, you did a great job there. You’ve participated in other projects before, right? I remember you were really a greener then.”
Using “greener” was her being polite. Shen Jintai had searched his first TV series days before and it was a disaster. After ten minutes or so of watching it, he closed the website in embarrassment.
“It was my first time. I messed it up and there were lots of bad reviews on the Internet. Since then, I have made up my mind to learn. I have learned a lot in the past two years.” Shen Jintai said.
Song Wei was growing to like Shen Jintai's tone more and more. He was calm, confident and gentle, especially how he talked, the pronunciation and the rhythm were all soothing.
Reading lines was supposed to be the basic skill of actors and actresses, but the young actors and actresses these days, let alone those who didn’t know acting, those who had received professional training couldn’t do it well. As for the idols, they were nightmares.
When Shen Jintai finished, Song Wei took another look. Unexpectedly, Shen Jintai was surprisingly different with the makeup. When he was make-up free, his facial features were pale, her lips were dimmed. But with the make-up and proper lighting, he was a bit like the pretty eunuch.
Shen Jintai had been acting for years, he was so familiar with these processes that even the photographer was surprised by his cooperation and tacit understanding. The photos were soon taken. Guo Rui and the producer came to see him specially and were very satisfied.
“It would be better if he could be a little more handsome.” Producer Zhang whispered.
“With a better lighting, he’s good enough. He's good at acting. When the shooting starts, you can come and see.”
Producer Zhang said with a smile: “We have been working together for so long. I believe in your decision.”
Shen Jintai over there was already undressing. He wore only the underwear. His body were well-balanced and his back muscles were thin but strong. But what came to producer Zhang’s sight at the first glance was Shen’s butt, which was too conspicuous.
He immediately thought of Shen Jintai's sexual orientation.
Shen Jintai had an ass that looked so gay.
It's a pity, with this identity, he might not be popular afterwards.
In this way, the producer thought it was a bit of a waster to have him to take the role.
The costumes of this kind of TV series were very heavy. One layer after another, Shen Jintai just about to wear another suit, he saw Zheng Siqi came in.
Zheng Siqi, also a supporting role, was the actor who played Prince Zhou Ying. He and Shen were a couple of lovers in the play.
A handsome young man with gorgeous eyes. In the novels, the prince, Zhou Ying, was described to be incomparably beautiful. Zheng was indeed handsome, and more importantly, he had a royal vibe. He was probably one of those who fit their characters the best.
Zheng Siqi, like him, was also taking a make-up picture today.
Zheng Siqi was still in college. He was a pure newcomer and was very respectful to Shen. When he came in, he bowed to say hello: “Brother Shen, Hello.”
Shen Jintai said with a smile: “Who’s the elder one?”
Zheng Siqi was stunned and asked, “Are you younger than me?”
As expected, Zheng Siqi showed a surprised expression, a little embarrassed, and said: “I'm sorry, I thought...”
“I started early.” Shen Jintai said with a smile: “You don't have to be so polite to me, just call me by my name ever since. We are peers.”
Zheng Siqi has been in a bad mood these days.
He was still a student in college. It wasn’t easy for him to get the role. He had tried seven or eight times in the audition alone. After he's finally determined, he waited to see who’s playing the role of Li Xu.
The character was the one has the most interactions with him.
A few days before, someone from the crew secretly told him that it turned out to be Shen Jintai and his contract had already been signed.
It was Shen Jintai, the infamous troublemaker.
Shen Jintai hadn't been in the business for long. He became one of the most popular not long after his debut and retired at his peak. Although he didn't spend a long time in the showbiz, Zheng Siqi remembered how many troubles Shen Jintai had made and those inappropriate things he said and done, as well as his weird sense of fashion. It's said that Shen Jintai had a very bad temper. He had attracted much attention simply by bullying Bai Qingquan and trying to push him out.
This was Zheng Siqi’s debut and he needed to be sweethearts with this man. He was so nervous that he couldn't sleep.
However, after meeting face to face, Zheng found out that Shen Jintai was nothing like the man he imagined.
He was so different from the Shen Touhua in everyone’s memories.
Shen Jintai didn't leave after shooting. He stayed to see Zheng Siqi's make-up.
He was really a beautiful man costume. Refreshing yet detached.
After the reading, Shen Jintai stopped Zheng Siqi and asked him: “Are you free in the evening? How about a meal together?”
Zheng Siqi was flattered.
Shen Jintai took the opportunity to ask Bai Qingquan: “Qingquan, do you want to come together?”
Bai Qingquan was disgusted. Qingquan?? God, who did he think he was calling? It's disgusting!
Bai Qingquan smiled and shook his head gently, saying: “Sorry, I have a flight to catch. I'll see you next time”
Bai Qingquan got on the car with a smile. As soon as he sat down, his face turned dark.
Weige, the agent, got on, closed the door and said to the driver: “Hurry up, don't be late.”
He then turned to Bai Qingquan, who was lying on the window, still staring at the back of Shen Jintai and Zheng Siqi.
“Who do you find attracting?” Weige asked.
“This Zheng Siqi, he’s more handsome than in the picture, so tall.”
Weige: “Can you stop being so boy crazy when seeing a handsome guy? You’re in the showbiz, you’ve countless handsome guys.”
“There's a special vibe from greener. Also, he's trained, a college student.”
Bai Qingquan himself started all by himself, he didn't even graduate from high school. When he saw these people who received trainings, he’d be very jealous.
"You need to have a sense of crisis. Didn't you find that what Shen Jintai did much better than we thought?” Weige said: “His character is brilliant. If he steals your thunder...”
“Ahhhhhhhhh!” Bai Qingquan couldn't bear to hear it. “No way! I'll never let him buck me again.!”
Shen Jintai was his nightmare!
Then you have to work harder. You didn't do well today, mainly because you didn't go through the script in advance. A lot of work needs to be finished before entering the group. There’s not much time, but you have to take out your best, you still need to remember your lines. Otherwise, you’ll going to make mistakes when Shen Jintai could recite his lines.”
When Bai Qingquan heard this, he sprayed some peppermint oil and immediately took out the script.
He was very tired and his eyes were difficult to stay open. He had only slept for four hours in the past two days, and those naps he did in a car.
But he had to work harder.
He’s ok with anyone being better than him, but not Shen Jintai. He invited Shen Jintai to set off him, not to be stepped on him.
Shen Jintai wanted to make use of his fame to make a comeback? Nice try!
Shen Jintai wanted to have dinner with Zheng Siqi just to get familiar with him. There were so many interactions of theirs but Zheng Siqi was polite and afraid of him. How could Zheng act well like that?
After dinner, it was ten in the evening. Shen Jintai went back to the hotel. When he was going to sleep, Lin Xu called.
“Who is he?” Lin Xu asked.
“The one you had dinner with, who is he? He’s so handsome.”
“…… You were in that restaurant too? I didn’t see you.”
“What? I saw it on Weibo. Sister, you’re on the top searched list again, along with your new sweetheart.”
Shen Jintai felt that getting on the top searched list was too easy for him in this world. It had been only days and he had little feeling for it.
He quickly checked it on the internet, and found himself in the fourth place. There were words: “Shen Jintai's new love”.
It was reasonable if it was in the top 20 or 30. But why the fourth for just a meal?
He opened the attachment to have a look, it was a gif of him and Zheng Siqi having a meal. The picture was fuzzy. It’s said that obscurity is beauty. In the gif, he looked very handsome. Some of them were shot through the glass of the restaurant, and some of them were him taking Zheng Siqi to the car.
He was wearing a baseball cap, thin and had a bright smile.
“Ha ha!" As soon as Bai got off the plane, he saw the news.
“Shameless. He just can’t waste an opportunity to get attention when he has one. Even the newcomers were used.” Bai Qingquan was bleary eyed and looked at Weige: “Isn’t he broke? Where did he get the money to pay him onto the top searched list?”
“He had basis.” Weige said: “Besides, maybe he didn’t pay at all.”
Even I have to pay for it. How can he make it without paying? Hundreds of thousands of people searching for his new relationship all at once? Nonsense!”
Weige said: “Don’t think about it, you need some rests. Your eyes are bloodshot.”
Bai Qingquan raised his head and applied eyedrops: “I really regret inviting him. Doesn't he like Yan Qiuchi? I really want to see Yan abuse him.”
Everyone knows that Shen Jintai loved sunshine media's boss, Mr. Yan. And Bai Qingquan loved to see Shen Jintai's get rejected. It made him feel good.
Everything has its vanquisher. Who’d thought that Shen Jintai, a superstar that always get what he wanted, had something that he wanted but couldn’t get.
He remembered last winter when he had dinner with the company's executives. When he came out of the restaurant, he met Shen Jintai. Shen Jintai was running after Yan Qiuchi's car, but couldn’t catch up. He stood by the side of the road, lonely and embarrassed. And then Shen saw Bai, and gave Bai a bad look.
Bai Qingquan was so happy. He loved to see Shen Jintai in embarrassment.
Bullying him, pushing him out, stepping on him, encouraging his fans to slander him! These were the thing Shen did.
Well, guess what? Karma’s a bitch.