"And." Lu Fei appeared to be every bit of a gossipmonger as he probed further. "How about the kissing scenes? Were they completed in one take?"
Li Jiuxian stood up and chipped in his scripted line. "They had to redo the kissing scenes many times."
The audience below the stage roared in response.
The host covered his mouth in feigned surprise. His gaze shifted and he gave the superstar an insinuating look while asking smilingly, "Xingze, did you do that on purpose?"
Another host, Xiao Can, put forth the scripted response as well. "I'd retake those scenes, too, if I were her. Ha ha ha!"
"Something's going on here…"
"There must be something going on behind the scenes!"
These few reality talk show hosts exchanged glances, hinting of something hidden beneath their spoken words.
This program's arranged script intentionally made use of those gossips involving the superstar and the newbie actress to hype up their show.
At this juncture, Lu Jingtian blurted out, "Actually, Xingze was in good form during their kissing scenes; Shishi was always the one to cause retakes."
Her words stunned everyone on set.
The superstar knitted his brows momentarily but quickly regained his smile when the camera lens panned out on him. There was faint warning as he glanced at the speaker.
Her words were not part of the pre-arranged script.
Her line was in it. By saying something like this, she was out to put down Yun Shishi.
While the show wanted to sell him and the newbie to the audience as a pair, according to the script, he should be the interested party.
This woman's words hinted at the opposite of this, though, thereby making his pretend partner look cheap!
One could anticipate the stuff the media would cook up the next day if no proper explanation was given today for this remark!
It sounded now as if his partner had shamelessly caused the retakes to get his attention.
If such a rumor spread around, her public image would be greatly discounted.
Accordingly, it was the norm for character pairing tropes to put the female protagonist on the passive side.
Lu Fei broke out in a cold sweat for a brief moment, but thanks to his high adaptability, he quickly regained control of his emotions and responded to Lu Jingtian's insinuation. "Oh? Shishi caused the retakes? There must be a story behind that!"
Everyone looked to the newbie for her reaction, while her assistant fretted anxiously below the stage.
She deftly responded, looking somewhat shy as she bit her lower lip. "Well, that's because I was under immense pressure filming with Xingze."
"Eh! He's… just too handsome. It felt so unreal when he stood before me, so I had the tendency to miss my cue." She clenched her lips nervously. "Moreover, he looks so much better in person than on TV. He had this special aura going for him during our filming. I was so stressed out by the thought that I might underperform before him."
She skillfully dodged the topic.
Her assistant sighed in relief at this close shave.
At the side, Qin Zhou's look eased as well, and he gave her an approving glance.
The host came to her rescue, too. "Not only is 'The Green Apple' her first movie, it's also where she had her first on-screen kiss! I heard from Director Lin that she's a talented actress and a very capable newcomer. This movie is just her starting point, so I truly look forward to more outstanding acting from her in the future!"
There was a round of applause from below.
Yang Mi astutely came to her aid as well. "Their kissing scenes had minimal retakes. Most often than not, both were able to complete them in one take!"