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Dylan Wang He Di, his choice as Ning Que

Dylan Wang was debuted his career in 2017 and took his first role in Meteor Garden 2018 as Dao Ming Si. His second role was Ning Que in Ever Night 2.

I came late; therefore I only knew that this role was not something that Dylan easily enters. He stepped in replacing Chen Fei Yu, Ning Que in Ever Night 1, who gained praises for his ability to convey the role very well. Dylan faced the reality that many of Chen’s fans were upset because of this casting choice. He must able to prove that he can interpret his role to meet the high standard set from Ever Night 1. Not to say his ability to show chemistry with Song Yi Ren portraying Sang Sang.

As I wrote in my previous blog about Dylan’s choice as Dao Ming Si, what caught my attention were his changing feelings through his facial expression and spoken eyes.  It goes the same when I watched Ever Night 2.

One significant scene that captured me was Ning Que’s facial expression in episode 4, when he found out that Sang Sang changing reality, from Daughter of the Light into Daughter of the Darkness. You can see his mixed feelings about the situation in this clip. He was confused, panic, denial, acceptance and finally, wrath.

For a rookie who just has 2 dramas, his expressive eyes and micro facial expressions surely his asset to bring him acting recognition in the future.

Ever Night was not only strengthen his ability to convey feelings through facial expressions and his expressive eyes, but also brought him to a new level of experience. He put lots of his energy into 10 days of fierce fighting training for Ever Night 2.

He learned sword fighting, archery and how to deal with wire.

In his interview for Ru Xi, he shared a lot of his experience during Ever Night 2 filming.

“If we had to fly from the top of the mountain, we really hang from a wire and fly really high, jumping down from the top of the mountain.”

He was tiring himself into 34 takes for one scene, only to make it perfect.

He experienced heavy shooting situation, when storm hit filming location in Turpan. I think he lost weight too.

But his hard work paid off. As he said in his interview, Within the martial arts crew on set, I have nick name as Gold medal stunt double because I am my own stunt double.”  And it’s not only his saying. One of the production team shared thought about his professionalism.

Didi is really an idol who deserve of your love. He’s a good actor who works very hard. There’s nothing much (bad) to say about his character and professionalism. You guys did not support the wrong person. He deserve of your love. He preserved through 15-16 hours of filming everyday in Xianyang. Didi is really good when filming the fighting scene

I watched all 103 episodes of Ever Night Season 1 & 2. Despite of this mixed reviews I read all over the internet, comparing the scripts, cinematography, special effects, costumes, etc. both seasons gave the same good vibes for my personal taste.

But this blog is not to review the drama. I write to share my personal opinion on how Dylan Wang progressing from his first drama.

I admire Dylan’s hard works and his determination to learn more. I don’t see Dao Ming Si in Dylan’s interpretation of Ning Que. Dylan successfully changed his character from playful, cocky, super rich handsome Dao Ming Si, into matured Ning Que, who’s no longer consumed by anger and vengeance but becoming a man with responsibility to protect Sang Sang, his love and life as well as Tang Dynasty. In my opinion, he nailed convincingly (once again) his role in his second drama.

I write so I can share what I see through my heart, my personal point of view and my own analysis about Dylan Wang He Di on his choice as Ning Que of Ever Night 2. If he keeps the same method in doing his following projects, I believe he can portray many character convincingly. And that’s his ticket to becoming formidable actor.

The biggest challenge in writing my blogs is language. I have zero understanding on Mandarin. I am surely depending on English articles and English subbed videos.  Therefore, I give my special thanks to wanghediarchive; DylanWang Daily; Merrygoround777 Wei and WANGHEDL subs for their English subbed videos, so I can get more information about Dylan Wang.

All writing materials used in this blog including pictures and videos are belongs to their rightful owners. No copyright infringement intended.

Dylan Wang He Di, his choice as Dao Ming Si

In my previous blog I wrote that, as an artist, Dylan has many strong points. His package is almost complete. He can sing, he can dance and of course, he can rap as well. He mastered basketball and played like a pro. His cooking prowess is also significant.

Back to his younger days’ interview, though he said that being an actor was never his dream, but he was confidently saying that his face should be on TV. Upon winning the first prize of Youku Super Idol 2017, seemed like Dylan believes that acting is what he really wants.

But as an actor, how far can he goes on his career and give out the best of him in acting to become an award-winning actor?

Here comes my thought on his acting skills, based on how he interpreted his-only-two-roles-so-far from two already aired dramas (and I have could watch too), Meteor Garden 2018 and Ever Night 2.

Dylan Wan was picked by the producer of the original and current remake of Meteor Garden, Angie Chai to play the titular role as Dao Ming Si. (They said he was selected from 30 thousands candidates from various universities in Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore and Los Angeles. I really don’t know whether this info is exaggerating or not, but if that what was happened, it surely surreal).

But I am pretty sure that Dylan has studied the Manga version of Hana Yori Dango so thoroughly, that he perfectly translated his facial expressions from the comics’ pages to the small screen. In my opinion even if he’s the most handsome actor in the universe, the portrayal would have fallen flat if he couldn’t act.

“I added my own style and flavor to it. I also tried not to copy Jerry too much because he was doing his best to interpret the role as his own. I tried to do it in a way that I will represent the role (translated from Chinese),” Dylan said in an interview at the press conference of BENCH.

Shen Yue, his co-star who played Shancai, gave her impression on her first meeting with Dylan

“I saw him from the mirror and thought, ahhh, this must be Dao Ming Si. Because his Dao Ming Si’s demeanour stands out! His looks feel like Dao Ming Si.”

I watched Meteor Garden 2018 more than 3 times. The more I watch, the more I understand that portraying Dao Ming Si was not as easy as seen on the surface. You can’t just act like as arrogant handsome rich boy who does whatever he wants to get anything he likes. And what Shen Yue said about “Dao Ming Si’s demeanor” plastered on him since the first time you watch episode 1.

Dao Ming Si grew up lacking attention from parents, turned him into someone who was used to have his way and if he didn’t, bully was his last resort. But Dao Ming Si is also someone who has built all these walls to protect himself from loneliness, and who just wanted to be loved. The moment he met Shancai, his wall slowly broke down, his attitude changes throughout the episodes.

Put aside portrayal of Dao Ming Si from previous versions, for this 2018 remake, Dylan must able to convey many layers of complexities. In this area, his facial expression holds important role. Dylan can go from ignorance-challenging feeling into surprised, confused and satisfied just in one flick of head and one blink of eyes. He can performed comical facial expression from very manly bloke into enchanted “damsel” in one scene.

Throughout the drama, you can see Dao Ming Si’s signature cold, angry glares that are meant to intimidate people. But you can also see his pain, confusion, frustration and anger as well as his cute, happy, playful feelings. All mirrored palpably in his eyes and his facial expressions.

One of the most epic scenes was when Dao Ming Si came for Shancai’s rescue in episode 18.  His changing feelings from anger to worried and finally realization that he has to sacrifice himself in order to save the woman he loves, clearly showed through these set of captured pictures by Dylan_wang_dd on Instagram

But his eyes as his primary asset, also able to convey his worried, warm and loving feelings towards Shancai.

Besides of his facial expressions, I also need to share, what in my personal opinion as one of the most heart-breaking scenes. The last hotpot meal in London from episode 42.

Both of Dao Ming Si and Shancai put a brave front while letting each other go. They pretend that their teary eyes were a result of a hilarious rather than heart shattering conversation.

Dylan Wand and Shen Yue’s acting in this scene is superb and they deserve all the attention and love for this emotion-filled moment. This scene certainly broke my heart into pieces.

For a rookie, with no acting background, Dylan convincingly showed a lot of potential in his debut role, giving the character a lot of nuance. His chiseled feature, which made him look like the manga had come to life; may be the first thing that gets people’s attention. But it’s his impressive way to interpreted Dao Ming Si that they’d remember.

Adding into this blog, fun facts about Dylan as Dao Ming Si:

Fun fact #1 Dylan Wang was voted by netizens around the world as the Asian Drama Actor for the year 2018 via Starmometer’s online poll for the Asian Drama Awards. He also won Most Influential Drama Newcomer of the Year at the 2019 Golden Data Entertainment Awards.

Fun fact #2, Dylan was born on Dec. 20, 1998, which makes him the youngest to do the iconic role of Dao Ming Si in Meteor Garden’s 2018 reboot (Jerry Yan was 24, and Matsumoto Jun and Lee Min Ho were both 22 at the time they took on the iconic role).

Fun fact #3 In August 2018, Yoko Kamio drew a picture of Wang as Dao Ming Si and shared it on her Instagram.

Fun fact #4 When Kamio visited China in November 2018, she gifted several illustrations to the Meteor Garden cast. Wang’s illustration featured Tsukasa in the background and his portrayal of the character in the forefront.

If you need to have a review on Meteor Garden 2018, I found a review by Christine Fang describing the most outstanding episodes throughout the whole 49 episodes, which could help you understand why this 2018 version is worth-watching.

Another piece that I love, after Shancai took initiative to gave him a kiss. You can tell that he was confused, but yet very proud and happy.

In conclusion, from the whole versions of Hana Yori Dango/Meteor Garden/Boys Over Flower, Dylan Wang was the second best of Tsukasa Domyouji/Dao Ming Si/Gu Jun Pyo. The best one will always be Matsumoto Jun, as Tsukasa Domyoji of Hana Yori Dango.

However, exclude the Japanese version, then I will choose Dylan Wang as the best Dao Ming Si. He convincingly nailed the role with his comic facial expression and his ability to display Dao Ming Si’s changing demeanor from swagger bloke into responsible young man with warm heart.

I write so I can share what I see through my heart, my personal point of view and my own analysis about Dylan Wang He Di on his choice as Dao Ming Si. My thought about his choice as Ning Que will be on separate blog.

My biggest challenge in writing is language. I have zero understanding on Mandarin. I am surely depending on English articles and English subbed videos.  Therefore, I give my special thanks to wanghediarchive; DylanWang Daily; Merrygoround777 Wei and WANGHEDL subs for their English subbed videos, so I can get more information about Dylan Wang.

Other than the collages I made, protected with my personal watermark, all writing materials used in this blog including pictures and videos are belongs to or re-direct to their rightful owners. No copyright infringement intended.

Dylan Wang He Di, handsome young man with strong personality

Writing again about new star crush, after 10 years of writing hiatus period was not too difficult; especially when the star is rising, so the pictures and news are all over the internet.

After watching Meteor Garden 2018, my fun-gurling journey began. I got hooked up and entering the phase of “need to write because no one can understand my excitement.” I started my first blog “Introduction to Dylan Wang He Di” on 12 June, wrote 2 parts about how he captivated my heart and 3 parts on what completes his dashing package.

After finished with the eighth blog “Dylan Wang He Di, another pretty face of real talent”, I think I should also write my thoughts about his personality. The reason was because for those who decided to enter the world of celebrity, whatever the profession they choose, one must have strong heart and remarkable talent. The world of competition could bring many troubles for those who are not prepared, especially those who catapulted into stardom overnight. Dylan Wang will need more than just handsome face and talent. He needs big heart and strong personality.

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As the result of my search, it is clear that Dylan Wang is someone with high self-esteem (probably even higher than his height kekekeke). He was fully aware that he has good looks and not shies to confidently tell people about it. I found the way he describes his handsome appearance was cute.

“I’m Dylan and I’m handsome and cute, that’s what my family said and I believe in them”

I still giggle every time I see this picture and his smartly confident way to tell people that he’s handsome and cute. (I have no objection. It is so true that he is handsome and cute at the same time).

But he is not only a young man who possesses very good looks (sometimes even looks ethereal) but he is also someone with old soul. He’s intelligent, wise far beyond someone his age and have a beautiful heart. I gathered what people think about him.

Back to Big磅来了 F4 + Shen Yue Interview for PhantaCity in 2018, Chen Guan Hong aka Darren Chen shared his thought about Dylan as his co-star.

“I felt he was really cool, but after we got to know each other, he is someone with a lot of his own thoughts. He ‘still very cool, but also has a lot of his own thoughts.”

Inga Griese from Icon Magazine who worked with him for a Icon Magazine September 2019 issue photo-shoot along with his co-stars, Shen Yue, Darren Chen and Caesar Wu, mentioned Dylan on his birthday and addressed him as polite, talented, thoughtful  and  with warm heart.

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In his solo interview for the magazine, he was described as polite as he is relaxed, a cool personality with great potential.

Thank you to Pamela Kyle for translating his  interview  for Lifestyle which I watched it with an ear to ear smile. His savvy answer to the questions showed that he has brain inside his beautiful head.

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Q: If you had to choose an actress to exchange faces, who would you choose?

WHD: Why bother? Two people with beautiful face exchange faces and then both of them are ugly. This is something opposite on win-win solution

Anyway, he looks super fresh handsome and cute in this interview (personal opinion, of course.)

Or the expression that showed his understanding about Dao Ming Si, was also very heart-melting.

Interviewer: Now please recite the poem the way Dao Ming Si would sound like.

WHD: What? Dao Ming Si?  Dao Ming Si won’t listen to you!  He won’t recite this poem.

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But when it comes to something that he thinks not appropriate, he can be savage and sarcastic. Honestly, I salute him for his courage to answer the question about bully. He really knows what he’s saying.

Q: Have you been bullied?

WHD: Yes, many times, but I don’t fight back, because hurting animals was a crime.

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Someone witty is charming. Someone confident is also charming. But Dylan Wang is confidently witty. That makes him, especially charming.

Raised as the only kid in the family, I think Dylan grew into someone close to his parents. Even though he is growing famous but he still talked about his mother in warm and caring tone, as you can see in The Inn episode 7 (starts from min 24.26)

Because my mom is not good at speaking Mandarin and she’s also super shy, she doesn’t like to talk to people when she’s out with others. When I was young, it was her that encourages me to express myself and to communicate with others. Now, because of me, she’s living in Beijing. It’s my turn to encourage her to talk with other people. I often encourage her saying don’t be afraid and you can talk with them about this or that. Just these past two years, all at sudden, I felt my mom needs me so much.

But Dylan is also someone with big heart. In 2019 he launched the Super Penguin League Charity Event to giveaway shoes, jersey and experience professional basketball training for the student of Wenchuan Middle School in Sichuan (Didi’s Hometown)

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I have mixed feelings when I caught this expression during his conversation with 2 young kids who love playing Basketball and what their dream about it. He grew up. Dylan has experienced things and I think he wish to share those with younger people. Another quality that makes him endearing.

Physically Dylan Wang could be the object of embarrassing drool, but in person he’s a humble and affable chap with strikingly strong personality and wisdom.

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I write so I can share what I see through my heart, my personal point of view and my own analysis about Dylan Wang He Di. The biggest challenge is language. I have zero understanding on Mandarin. I am surely depending on English articles and English subbed videos.  Therefore, I give my special thanks to wanghediarchive; DylanWang Daily; Merrygoround777 Wei and WANGHEDL subs for their English subbed videos, so I can get more information about Dylan Wang.

All writing materials used in this blog including pictures and videos are belongs to their rightful owners. No copyright infringement intended.