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Barbie Hsu: I didn’t like my ‘Meteor Garden’ character

The actress revealed her objections to her character, and how the director explained it to her

Barbie Hsu: I didn’t like my ‘Meteor Garden’ character

2001 idol drama Meteor Garden was a big hit back then, and still continues to be one of the most well-loved series, even after almost two decades since it first aired.

Nuggets of information about the series have continually been dropped, with the latest being lead actress Barbie Hsu admitting that she didn’t like her character, Shan Cai.

She posted on Weibo, “Yes, I admit, when I first got the role of Shan Cai, I told the director, ‘Shan Cai is such a terrible person! I hate her, I don’t know how to portray this role.’ The director talked to me for a long time, telling me that she was young and naive about love, and just an ordinary girl who was suddenly showered with love from two handsome guys, so it was unavoidable that she would act a little out of the ordinary… In any case, I didn’t like Shan Cai halfway through filming, but I still tried my best to portray her in a way that would make audiences not hate her too much! Those days, the audience was very pure, so they let her off the hook easily.”

In response, Rainie Yang also updated her Weibo with screenshots of herself in Meteor Garden, and quipped, “I remember when I auditioned for Meteor Garden, I tried out three roles before I was picked to play Li Zhen. I still remember my first day of work. I waited for a really long time - even until the sky turned dark - and it was finally my turn to film! (…) The crew was standing together talking softly, and I felt like something bad was going to happen. They asked my then-manager if I could accept taking on a different role (…) They said that if I could do it, I should memorise Xiao You’s lines.”

She continued, “Wherever I went, everyone would call me by my character Xiao You’s name, and nobody knew what my real name was. But I was really happy, because I was called by this name for a few years, even after filming ended."

Photos: PBE Media

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