Harper’s Bazaar – Oct. 2019 Issue

Not the full article – snippets only

Q: In real life, are you also someone who likes an adventure?
Xiaozhan: Yes, you could say that.
Q: Does it excite you more if you don’t know the end results for a lot of things?
Xiaozhan: In life, if many things already have a certain result, then you ask me to do these things, there might be less novelty and uncertainty along the way. I prefer to not know the result; I can take any path and the destination is all different, that gets me more excited.
Q: So in your imagination, Abu Dhabi fits with your sense of the unknown?
Xiaozhan: Yes. It’s like a mysterious, unknown land to me. I can explore, and there’s endless treasures.

Xiaozhan says he’s not a brave person, but life makes it so he has to be brave, because only by being brave can he face all the unforeseen problems on this journey.

After The Untamed, a lot of people felt that Xiaozhan was more outgoing than before, and had more to say. Before he was a little reserved around strangers, but now he communicates with people with a proactive attitude, and in hopes of gaining more knowledge and information from the conversations.

His role not only brought him more attention, but he also gained strength and growth from the role itself.

As for plans for the future, he smiled and said that he hasn’t decided. But he loves to act, and he hopes that he can continue on the path to becoming a good actor, resolving one problem at a time and becoming braver and stronger. He says it’s not just him, a lot of his friends and young adults around him are all like that – they’re not afraid of the hardships in life’s path and become stronger and firmer along the way.

“Life has led you to this point, so just continue to walk forward with resolve. Because a lot of problems are what others who took this path have faced before, and what you will continue to face as you will also be back and forth on this path.”

Since the first script reading, Xiaozhan constantly reminded himself, “I’m Wei Wuxian, I’m Wei Wuxian, I’m lively and talkative and loveable.”

Even if that day you’re in the worst mood, if you’re going through dark times in your life, once you arrive on set, stand in front of the camera and the director yells action, from that moment you’re not yourself anymore.

Xiaozhan smiled and said, “It’s so cruel, but that’s an actor’s job.”

Xiaozhan’s father once said, “No one will just love you for no reason. If you want people to love you, you need to treasure their love.” Xiaozhan firmly believes that.

When he was young, Xiaozhan liked Stefanie Sun. He went to her concerts and fansigns. Xiaozhan just hoped he can see her from afar, see her shine on stage, lose himself in her songs, and learn from her to become better, eventually becoming a star that shines brightly in other people’s eyes. Xiaozhan says in his age, that was how people followed celebrities. Idols were really idols; they were a source of self-motivation. He treasures the love that fans have for him, and he never rejections “internet popularity”, which a lot of people shy away from discussing.

“You think internet popularity is bad, right? You think it’s a negative term? I think it’s a pretty good thing, because to me “internet popularity” means more people will come to know you, love you, and I think that’s a good thing. At least I don’t think anyone can always have massive internet popularity, the important thing is how to deal with it and face this popularity, and let it become motivation for yourself to move forward, I think that’s important.”

He hopes to turn the love of his fans into motivation for himself to move forward. An actor can quickly gain fame and attention from a popular drama, but acting itself needs professional study and accumulation.

Xiaozhan’s favorite actress is Zhou Xun. When he talked about her, Xiaozhan’s tone sounded like that of a “fanboy”: “I don’t know how she was able to become the way she is today.” our answer was simple; time and talent. You can’t be missing either one. Talent allows you to show your ability as an actor and when fate allows for it, you can seize the opportunities that come your way at certain points in your life. And time is what sharpens the knife, every minute, every second you spend on professional development will be reflected in your future performances.

“There are no small roles, only small actors.” Keep in mind your initial aspiration and determination, and work your best at your profession. Continue to plow through this field, and you will eventually come across a piece of land that belongs to you.

Xiaozhan said, “In this era of fleeting popularity, continuing to stay true to myself and being as real as possible, I think that’s the ultimate goal. But it’s also so, so difficult.”

We wish him the best.

*Internet popularity (流量) is more literally like online traffic, it is often used with a negative connotation for celebrities who have a large following, especially online, but do not necessarily have skills to back up that fame. Xiaozhan is saying that he takes that at face value – as love and attention he receives which he will work to live up to through effort and improving his skills.

Cosmo Jun. 2019 (Excerpt)

Not the full article – just one snippet

“She wrote me a letter and said she got married…” he widened his pretty eyes, as if this was touching and hard to believe. “She watched me on the survival show and liked me ever since then. Now she’s met her other half in life, got married, and she’s happy. Wow, this feels really great!”

That day he read this letter from his fan, that feeling of “companionship” was like the letter he held onto tightly – it became clear and tangible.

So even now, Xiaozhan thinks that fans are very much like his childhood friends. “In those times, we had a whole neighborhood of children, and after school we’d write our homework together, play together, and grow up together.” He raised his hand to gesture, and his smile is blinding, “now those friends’ children are already this tall.” As he lowered his hand, a gentle breeze passed over him.

Secret Garden 17.04.01

I’m here, I always say to not stay up late but I’m always breaking that rule myself. Today we arrived in Shanghai for the first rehearsal. It would be a lie to say that I’m not nervous, I’m nervous because I don’t want to disappoint you guys, so I’ll do my best!

I see lately that you guys have a lot of worries!

Don’t argue with your parents, the older you get the more you’ll understand how important they are to you!

As for other people’s misunderstandings and assumptions, the world is big, and the eternal rule is that for however many people who like you, there will be people who dislike you; in their eyes nothing you do is right, so why do you just be yourself, and the people who like you will love you even more? Your heart’s filter will level up!

Important: rehearsal will end very late!! Don’t stand outside and wait! Hurry and go home, what if you get sick and can’t fly! Bad plan!

I really miss the Xiaozhan who can meet with you guys on stage. Soon; see you on 4.2.

Love you guys, goodnight.

Zhan!

Secret Garden 18.04.08

I always wanted to write something, but I have the same old problem, I don’t know where to start…

Before I saw you guys saying that I don’t really like to share my life. Umm, how do I say it, it’s not that I don’t like to share, but I’m just worried that once I share it you guys will think it’s boring… I don’t like to leave my house, if I’m not working I’m just reading, watching movies, or exercising.

As for Jianguo, Jianguo that child is a munchkin cat and has a weak immune system, I want her to get healthy first before meeting with everyone (because of work I can’t take care of her very well so I had to send her home and have my parents take care of her). Haha don’t you think that’s boring… Sometimes I want to share some movies and books but then I wonder if you guys will really want to read it, so I stop thinking about it…

Every time we see each other at official events I can see some familiar faces or familiar social media IDs, and I feel a sense of warmth. From the beginning until now, time has passed very quickly and surely, but all of you guys are still here, on that bus which we promised is heading towards the future, so how I can just stay in the same place?

I keep thinking that I’m’ not a child anymore, every little thing I tell you guys I want to do it in a complete, even perfect fashion; I don’t want you guys to think too much or worry. That won’t change from now on, I just hope that I can sooner share more of myself with you guys.

I will definitely work hard so that when other people ask you who you like, you can proudly say, “It’s Xiaozhan!”

Our Song Recording 19.12.05

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First about the styling, it’s similar to the Bazaar photoshoot and his outfit was wild and sexy! The best part was when he sat down, he showed this wicked and flirty smile, combined with today’s outfit really left us half dead! But right after he smiled he turned back into Bunny Xiao, pouting and puffing out his cheeks, too cute 😭

When other singers were singing, he was also hyped and would bob his head and tap to the beat, also sing along, he is singer Xiaozhan who really loves and enjoys music~ When the music ended he would adjust his collars, stretch a bit, really cute and handsome.

When it was almost his group’s turn to sing, he held up his little fist in encouragement for the senior singers, and again pouted and puffed out his cheeks, and showed his little dimple 😭 Before he went on stage, he raised his fist again and also high-fived his seniors, and cheered himself on, so cute 🐰

The performance was lit, it was an unimaginable style, sexy and wild, so charismatic, and for the ending pose his gaze could kill, handsomeness that can kill you! It was like the temptation of the night killer, goes straight for your heart and leaves you unable to breathe, but willing to offer up your life. 

After the performance ended, he stayed on stage for a bit, we were cheering and maybe he got excited too, and started jumping up and down to our cheers, swaying, and flipped around the specially designed black belt around his waist, it was really sexy! The cheers in our section were super loud, and he smiled and greeted us, that smile really lit up the room. Then he turned back into Bunny Xiao, cutely stomped his feet and hopped, he was really visibly happy.

When he returned to his seat, he was much more relaxed, he would pat his legs and smiled at us several times, each time we would scream. He also loves to clasp his hands together under his chin when watching other singers sing, and when it gets to a really good part he would make a “wow” expression, so cute!! The cutest was when he would point his thumbs together. There was an interactive corner in the middle, and he imitated the sound of a really cute animal, it was so soft and so cute we couldn’t stop yelling.

When recording ended, he still warmly turned and smiled as he said goodbye to everyone in each section.

In summary, I really love the gap today, when he’s on stage he’s wild and handsome, and off stage he is the pouty cute Bunny Xiao, satisfying both girlfriend-fans and mom-fans. I can say that no one can watch this episode and not fall for him. The guys around me were at first fans of the senior singers, but in the end they were all yelling Xiaozhan’s name. This man is incredible, he gets the guys and girls, old and young. 

Our Song Recording 19.12.05

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Still a spoiler-free, simple fanaccount. I’m so glad I decided to come today. It’s a completely different style from the last 4 episodes, super alpha!

I don’t know if I can talk about the styling, but I can say that when it’s released there will be bodies everywhere. Today’s song is also lit, oh my god. It’s an English song, and the high note was incredible, also lots of falsetto. Even better than the singing was his stage performance, it was explosive. A guest comment was that it’s sexy. 

The hair was similar to Bazaar, but the style was different. Together with the rest of his outfit, it’s really unseen before…I’m not exaggerating when I say that everyone went crazy when he came out. My heart can’t handle it, this is my #1 for the last few months!

One thing I was happy about is that to me, his condition seemed better than last time, maybe last time he was still a little shy, but this time he was very social. One thing that stood out was that for a length of time he was just chattering to the guest next to him nonstop, like a machine gun.

Most of the time he was focused on engaging with the guests around him and the stage, because the fans were way too passionate! Honestly there were a lot of other fans banners this time, and from the banners alone it seems kind of even. But our voices can still take the roof off the studio, as long as it’s his part the screams were like everyone there was his fan. So today he also did the 🤫 .

Our Song Recording 19.11.28

@xzhan1005 – please don’t reupload!

I’m trying to keep this completely spoiler free so I won’t talk about the actual content much but there is so much to look forward to! I think this will air around ep. 7-8. It’s a different phase of the competition so there’s a lot of new rules and collaborations!

As is tradition I want to start by saying a little repetitively how good looking Xiaozhan is in person. Seeing him on the Our Song stage will make anyone happy because he is so so so happy and bright and bubbly and cute and polite and absolutely perfect!

Xiaozhan’s outfit was pretty casual, much more low key than the others guests but we all know he doesn’t need clothes to shine! His skin is so nice, this uncle next to me was saying when he saw Xiaozhan up close he noticed that he had like baby soft skin 😂 He’s really tall and thin, and his outfit today really showed off his pretty wrists and ankles (you know what I mean hehe). 

He’s also respectful but playful, when he listens to other guests talk he offers up 100% attention, he blink blink, he nod he nod, he laugh laugh uwu then sometimes his more playful side shows and he’ll make a witty joke then look really shy about it right after. Where I was sitting I could see his face clearly as he was sitting, and he has so many cute expressions he is really a bunny. When other guests are singing he is really feeling it and bopping to the music.

Like I said earlier, the songs today were really different from what we heard earlier!  The stages were very elegant and beautiful and Xiaozhan’s voice is so beautiful and stable live (the recording is completely live and unedited vocals, sometimes if an artist makes a mistake or misses a part you can hear there’s not even any backtrack playing). 

Baby seemed quite nervous today especially during the voting, he was scared to even look at the results as votes were accumulating. But other than that he was smiling all the time and looking really happy to be on stage. I want to say I love Our Song again for giving him a stage to sing on and do something he clearly loves very much even when he had already set his focus to acting. He’s always in such a good mood 😭

His hands are so small, his eyes are always twinkling he speaks so gently and he’s so just so unconsciously cute 😭 So many cute expressions like his jaw would drop when someone said something surprising, he would blink rapidly when he’s listening and concentration, he would bob his head and tap his foot when listening to other performances, sometimes he would puff out his cheeks, so cute 😭 

As usual fanboys were a highlight, today he was doing some light stretching and a fanboy yelled “Xiaozhan do you need a massage?” and Xiaozhan turned and was shocked like 😳 

The studio would chant his name during breaks and at one point it got a little excessive, so he did the thing again where he put his finger to his lips and we all quieted down right away 😂 

Before his first performance he opened his mouth really wide and the MC called him out for it, then he said he needs to open up his mouth to be able to sing. At one point Wakin Chau said that when Naying and Xiaozhan sing together they’re like mom and son, Xiaozhan was shaking and waving his hand being like “I wasn’t the one who said that!” I think we’re all moms today 😭

Promotional Songs for Films

Q: Why does a movie need a promotional song?

Guo Dongnan (Enlight Media Marketing Chief): After Xiaozhan singing Two Tigers was released, on Weibo I posted an interpretation of the Two Tigers movie relevant to the song lyrics, and it was reposted many times. Actually because of his song, what our movie wants to express is being seen by more people, that’s what the movie production company and the director all want to see.

Q: How is the conversation rate of the marketing through music?

Guo Dongnan: Xiaozhan is a young and popular idol, inviting him to sing our promotional song can indeed help our movie quickly gain recognition among the younger audience. The MV views and data are undoubtedly very high, and that day there were lots of news articles, and lots of posts by freelancers.

Q: Is it the best choice to get a popular idol to sing the promotional song?

Guo Dongnan: Actually we rarely use popular idols, mainly we see if the singer’s own style matches with the song. Like Xiaozhan has that kind of energy, to break free from the restraints and be unafraid of getting lost, it matches with the mood of the movie. When we decided on Xiaozhan, we adjusted the lyrics based on his personal experiences.

Q: Is it a win-win for a singer to sing a promotional song for a movie? 

Guo Dongnan: When we work together, we hope for a win-win situation and not just us riding your popularity. From the artist’s perspective, we hope that in our collaboration with a singer, we can help each other deliver a good final work. Like the song “Two Tigers” is challenging and has a freshness, this is a good thing. We determined that this song sounds good and is catchy, so asking Xiaozhan to sing this is at least something that isn’t for naught for him.

When we gave the demo and lyrics to him, Xiaozhan and his manager discussed for a bit, then in 2-3 days responded and said he can come. In early October we were in Wuxi, and within 3 hours we finished recording the song and filming the MV. Before even entering the studio, Xiaozhan was already able to sing this song, this is something I admire, it really helped us save a lot of time.

Xiaozhan singing “Two Tigers”, the effect is clear, it allowed the movie industry insiders to see the power of him singing a song, many movie companies in the industry would come and ask me, is it expensive to get him to sing a song, is he easy to work with. Maybe he was popular from “The Untamed” earlier, but many people in the movie industry didn’t pay attention to that. Now he’s sung “Two Tigers”, many of our partners shared in their friends’ moments, and helped him to gain more attention in the movie industry.

Sina Ent. Reporter: 

There’s another detail that I couldn’t write into the main article. When Xiaozhan came to record Two Tigers, he had already worked for 10+ hours straight, he couldn’t even put his contacts in. In the end he forcibly put in his contacts and forcibly recorded, completed the task with high efficiency. The production company staff all said, it’s normal for an experienced singer to be able to sing as soon as they step into the studio, but that day Xiaozhan was filming during the day and had no time to practice but still managed to be fully prepared, it was shocking for them.