He paused and turned to look at Yun Shishi before he continued. "I'm very happy to work with Shishi as well. She's the 'Yin Xiachun' I approve of. She is spirited and a very skilled rookie actress. I'm delighted to work with her, and I hope that the upcoming filming will be successful. Please look forward to 'The Green Apple'. Thank you."
A reporter promptly raised his hand to ask another question. "Xingze, there's a rumor that you recommended Yun Shishi to Director Lin. Could you attest to this rumor?"
A hush fell over the crowd instantly.
Everyone stared at one another in consternation.
Yun Shishi was recommended to Lin Fengtian by Gu Xingze?!
Gu Xingze held his tongue for a while before he nodded haltingly in affirmation. "Yes."
The reporters in the audience burst into an uproar at once.
The situation quickly spiraled out of control.
These reporters who were invited to the press conference had their releases prearranged by the production team. However, with Gu Xingze's response stirring them up, their questions gradually deviated from the objective of the interview.
"Gu Xingze, what is your relationship with Yun Shishi?"
He deliberated before giving an answer. "We're friends."
"There are rumors of Yun Shishi being your first love. Are they true?"
"Those are baseless rumors."
"Gu Xingze, what is your opinion about Yun Shishi being a rookie actress?"
"She may be a newbie, but she's got spirit and potential. She is sure to become an outstanding actress in future."
"Gu Xingze, Yun Shishi was your plus one at Huanyu's annual gala. Did you ask her to be your partner yourself?"
"May I ask if you two…"
Realizing that the situation had spun out of control, Qin Zhou immediately sent some personnel to escort the two off the stage and let the emcee present the closing speech. The kickoff ceremony was, thus, wrapped up in a hurry.
As soon as she got off the stage, Yun Shishi's expression turned ugly. She was taken aback by the imposing questions that those reporters had showered them. There were even a couple of times when she could not provide answers to their queries. If it had not been for Gu Xingze's valiant improvisation skills, she might have accidentally said the wrong words then.
With a decade-long experience of acting under his belt, the superstar was practiced at improvising. He was already used to situations like this and could quickly respond to any questions thrown at him by the reporters.
Still, it could not be helped that she felt a little queasy.
The man lowered his sight to observe her somewhat flustered face and inquired gingerly, "Startled?"
She was still in a state of shock.
How did the situation spiral out of control? The reporters should have interview releases prepared in advance.
He comforted her by patting her shoulder. "All of them are like this. They jump at every chance they get. Even if an interview release is prepared beforehand, they won't follow the rules all the time."
"Mm. Thanks for earlier. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't know what to do."
She expressed her utmost gratitude to him, yet he could only smile at her in response.
Qin Zhou hurried over, and as soon as he spotted her, he gave her a good scolding. "Why are your improvisation skills this poor? Have you fed what you learned to the dogs?!"
Feeling wronged, she reasoned, "Mr. Qin, this is my first time!"
He ignored her explanation and flew into a rage. "You nearly slipped up a few times just then! You scared me! If not for Xingze, you would probably be led on by those sly reporters."
She was devastated by his reprimand. "…"
"Also, your standing posture just then almost embarrassed me. Did you not practice your postures properly? Just a few questions, and you're already stumped?"