2020 was an interesting and roller coaster ride of a year that left many of us stuck at home. Fortunately, there have been many great dramas from China and Taiwan this year to keep us entertained, along with a new group of hot rising actors blessing our screens. Over the past few years, we have featured popular hot actors like: Li Xian, Wang Yibo, and Xu Kai, to name just a few. We’re back again with our list of the Hottest Up-and-Coming Actors of 2020, and it’s the biggest list of many outstanding stars yet. Check them out below!
Song Wei Long
actor Song Wei Long is one of the fastest rising stars in China. The broadcast of the extremely popular family drama “Go straight ahead“Solidified his status as one of the Most Popular Actors of 2020. Known for his handsome looks, you will be surprised that Song Wei Long is only 21 years old and received many opportunities after signing with Huanyu Film in 2015 The 185- Centimeter-Star made his model debut after being spotted online at age 16. Prior to his entertainment career, Song Wei Long developed a passion for martial arts after watching Jet Li’s legendary film “The New Legend of Shaolin” and attending the famous Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School.
In 2018 he got his first breakthrough in the historical drama “Untouchable loversWhen he was just 18 years old. However, 2020 is definitely his year. Four dramas show him as a male lead, all of which were broadcast this year: “Find Yourself”.Beautiful reborn flower, “”In a class of its own, “And” Go Ahead. “His dramas have all been well received, but” Go Ahead “and” Find Yourself “in particular are very popular with audiences for their outstanding characters and relationships, as well as their excellent acting skills.
Because of its growing popularity, Song Wei Long is in great demand with advertisers. He currently supports over 10 brands in the skin care, electronics, fashion and food sectors. Most recently, Song Wei Long teamed up with the international luxury brand Burberry as a brand ambassador and is also brand spokesman for Emporio Armani watches for men in the Asia-Pacific region. The young rising star is currently filming the upcoming historical drama “A League of Nobleman” with the opposite lead role Jing Bo Ran.
Watch him in “Go Ahead”:
Ren Jia Lun
Our next aspiring actor is Ren Jia Lun (Allen Ren), whose popularity began in 2020 after appearing in the historical drama “Under the power“Played the cold and righteous Imperial Guard Lu Yi. Unlike many of his colleagues, Ren Jia Lun has no background in acting. He started out as a professional table tennis player. His coach discovered his talent in the sport after his parents used him as an exercise form at the age of five enrolled in table tennis, leading to decades of table tennis training and being selected as a player for the provincial team in Shandong Province, but Ren Jia Lun was unable to continue playing professionally due to frequent injuries.
After Ren Jia Lun ended his table tennis career at the age of 16, he decided to pursue a career as a singer and dancer. At the time, K-pop was very popular in China, and Ren Jia Lun became a huge fan of rain. He participated in many talent competitions and auditions and achieved good results. In 2011 he moved to South Korea to work as an Idol trainee for four years. He was supposed to be the leader, rapper and dancer of a Sino-South Korean boys group, but for reasons unknown the group never made its debut and Ren Jia Lun returned to China.
In 2014, Ren Jia Lun was offered many roles in dramas and began his acting career, which ended his career as a singer and dancer. He gained fame after starring in the 2017 historical drama The Glory of Tang Dynasty, in which he received rave reviews for his acting and was named Best Actor at the Hengdian Film and TV Festival of China. Ren Jia Lun starred in more well-received dramas, including “The legend of Chusen” and “The fate of the white snake.“Although he has no formal acting training, he has impressed audiences with his natural acting talent since his debut.
Ren Jia Lun recently completed filming on the highly anticipated drama Forever and Ever, which is based on a popular novel called One Lifetime Beautiful Bones and features a love story spanning different lifetimes. He plays alongside the aspiring actress Bai Lu. Fans can also look forward to seeing Ren Jia Lun alongside the co-star in his very first modern romance drama, “Miss Crow with Mr. Lizard” Xing Fei.
Start watching him “Under Power”:
This list would not be complete if we did not include Taiwan’s National Boyfriend. Greg Hsu (Hsu Kuang Han). He first entered the entertainment industry as a singer and was slated to debut in a boy band in 2012, but was unable to debut due to contract issues. Greg switched fields to become a model and eventually switched to acting. In 2013 he made his official acting debut as a male lead in the Malaysian drama “Dive Into Love”. Since then, Greg has starred in a number of supporting roles in various Taiwanese dramas, including “Respect love, “”My dear boy, “And” nowhere man. “
He eventually got his big break after starring in the critically acclaimed and award-winning drama. “One day or one day. “He played the dual roles of Li Zi Wei and Wang Quan Sheng and stole the hearts of the audience with his boyish looks and dazzling smile. The drama is described as an artistic masterpiece for its modern story fused with elements like romance, time travel, and suspense. Unsurprisingly, Someday or One Day was the big winner of the 55th Golden Bell Awards (Taiwan’s equivalent of the Emmy Awards) and received major awards including best television series, best screenwriter, and best innovative programming.
Thanks to the drama, Greg became a household name after being an unknown actor for seven years. Due to his growing popularity and fan base across Asia, he is the spokesperson for many major brands such as L’Oreal, Puma, Cadillac, Bobbi Brown and Calvin Klein. Fans can look forward to seeing more of Greg in the upcoming Chinese romance film “My Love” Zhang Ruo Nan. The 30-year-old star recently returned to his roots as a singer and released his first single entitled “Not yesterday. ”
Start watching him “One day or one day”:
Zhang Xin Cheng
Known as our “second brother” He Zi Qiu from the critically acclaimed heartwarming family drama “Go straight ahead,” Actor Zhang Xin Cheng (Steven Zhang) is one of the biggest rising stars of 2020. Earlier this year, Zhang Xin Cheng gained millions of new fans after appearing in the popular sports romantic drama “Skate Into Love“What made him an Internet friend with his portrayal of the passionate hockey player Li Yu Bing.
As a graduate of the renowned Central Academy of Drama with a focus on music theater and the renowned Beijing Dance Academy, the talented actor is not unknown to the audience. He is known for his memorable roles and impressive acting skills. After Zhang Xin Cheng signed with entertainment giant EE-Media, he made his drama debut in the fantasy romance drama “Shuttle Love Millennium. “The following year, Zhang Xin Cheng received his first leading role in the award-winning youth drama 2017”My Huckleberry friendsHe received the Best New Actor Award at the iQiyi All-Star Carnival.
His popularity rose even further that year after starring in Go Ahead, where he received amazing praise from viewers for his incredible and touching portrayal of the beloved character He Zi Qiu, who displayed his kind, loving, and pure personality . Many would agree that it is definitely one of Zhang Xin Cheng’s best performances in his acting career!
We can look forward to seeing more of Zhang Xin Cheng as he recently finished filming The Justice Cai Wen Jing. He is currently filming the fantasy rom-com drama The Day You Will, in which he plays a popular boy band leader who interacts with an entertainment journalist played byEternal lovestar Liang Jie.
Watch him in “Go Ahead”:
Ding Yu Xi
Affectionately referred to as the “May Boyfriend” by internet users, actors Ding Yu Xi(Ryan Ding) ‘s popularity skyrocketed that year after starring in the hit fantasy romantic drama. “The romance of tiger and rose.“He is a graduate of the prestigious Shanghai Theater Academy and made his official acting debut in the romantic suspense film” The Game of Asura “in 2017. The aspiring actor is currently under contract with Enlight Media, a major television program and film production company.
Ding Yu Xi initially wanted to work behind the scenes after graduating from the Shanghai Theater Academy directing program, but discovered a strong passion for acting after appearing in various advertisements. He became famous after starring in the dramas “New Smiling Proud Wanderer” and “Just an Encore,” which were well received by audiences. Though he is still considered a rookie actor, the 25-year-old has received high praise for his versatility in acting. In 2018, Ding Yu Xi proved his acting skills after winning first place on “I Actor,” a reality show survival training for newcomer actors and actresses.
His popularity skyrocketed that spring when all three of his dramas – “Serenade of Peaceful Joy”, “Intensive Love” and “The Romance of Tiger and Rose” – aired in May. Viewers loved his charming portrayal of all three of his characters, but it was his performance as Han Shuo in The Tiger and Rose Romance that captured people’s hearts. His adorable and protective character, as well as the sizzling chemistry on screen with his co-star Zhao Lu Sihad made the hearts of the fans beat faster. The drama was an unexpected success, reaching 2.1 billion viewers. Fans asked for a second season of The Tiger and Rose Romance and their prayers were answered when the sequel was confirmed back in August.
Fans can look forward to seeing Ding Yu Xi again soon as he is currently filming the upcoming modern love drama “Moonlight” with the popular actress and THE9 idol star Esther Yu.
Start watching him “The romance of tiger and rose”:
Next up is the Taiwanese actor Simon Lian (Lian Chen Hsiang), who is best known as a former member of the Idol group SpeXial. While working in a clothing store, he was searched for boy band and made his official debut in 2014. In the same year he also made his acting debut in the drama “Angel ‘N’ devil. “He starred in other shows, including the historical drama”Men with swordsAnd the sports drama “High 5 Basketball”.
After completing his military service, Simon announced in 2017 that he had officially left SpeXial and terminated his contract with Comic International Productions. Since leaving his group, Simon has focused on his solo career after signing with Warner Music Taiwan and Top Fun Entertainment.
Although he’s been in the entertainment industry for over six years, it’s only this year that he’s making headlines as a major rising star in both the music and acting worlds. Simon’s popularity rose after appearing in the hit fantasy drama “Lost romance“Drama fans with his sweet and charming portrayal of Duan Mu Qing Feng get a serious helping of Second Lead Syndrome. Fans of the Qing Feng-Xiao En-Schiff will be happy to know that Simon recently released his new single”Walk away,” and the Music video has his good friend and “Lost Romance” co-star Vivian Sung.
Start watching him “Lost Romance”:
Historical-fantasy-drama “Love and salvationProved to be an unexpected massive hit this summer, propelling the lead actor Cheng Yi to unparalleled fame. According to a poll conducted by Weibo, Love and Redemption was voted the most popular drama of the year by internet users. Viewers fell in love with Cheng Yi’s portrayal of the hugely beloved character Yu Si Feng. His charming, ethereal demeanor and first-class acting earned him legions of new fans.
Cheng Yi is a graduate of the renowned Central Academy of Drama and made his acting debut in 2011 in the historical-romantic drama “Beauty World”. It wasn’t until 2016 that he gained popularity after starring in the hugely popular historical fantasy drama. “The legend of Chusen. “Cheng Yi won the Best Newcomer Award at the 7th DoNews Awards that same year. He went on to act in the dramas “The Lost Tomb II: Discover with the note, “”The promise of Chang’an, ”And the movie“ The Big Rescue ”.
The talented 30-year-old actor also made his debut as a singer in 2017 with the single “Goodbye to the past. ”He also participated in the OST of” Love and Redemption “with the song”Guard. “Cheng Yi also sang with his co-stars Hou Ming Hao and Zhang Bo Yu for the final theme song “Life is like a storm“For” The Lost Tomb II: Explore with the Note “.
Fans of the actor can look forward to seeing Cheng Yi collaborate with his co-star Love and Redemption Zhang Yu Xi For the third time they are shooting the upcoming modern drama “South Wind Knows My Mood”. This is the second time the two have played an on-screen couple, as they recently completed filming of the historical drama “Awakening Chang’an” in October.
Watch him in “Love and Salvation”:
Luo Yun Xi
Our next hottest aspiring actor is known by fans for his stunning visuals and diverse range of acting Luo Yun Xi (Leo Luo). For the 32-year-old, his foray into the entertainment industry wasn’t easy. Luo Yun Xi came from a performing arts family and began studying ballet at the age of five due to the influence of his father, a dance teacher. He completed professional ballet training for 11 years and was admitted to the Shanghai Theater Academy with a major in ballet. After graduating, he worked as a dance teacher at the School of Dance at the Macao Conservatory. A year later, he decided to change his career after his friend convinced him to become an intern. Luo Yun Xi made his debut in boy band JBOY3 in 2010, but the group did not gain popularity and eventually broke up in 2012.
Luo Yun Xi changed career paths again and became an actor. He was relatively unknown until he got the antagonist role Ren Yu in the hugely popular historical fantasy drama. “Ashes of loveHe received critical acclaim and great reviews for his portrayal of his morally ambiguous character. In 2020, Luo Yun Xi’s popularity escalated after starring in the modern romantic drama “Love is Sweet” with dominant but romantic executive director Yuan Shuai. Fans fell in love with his portrayal of Yuan Shuai, who looks stern on the outside but is actually a big softie who has secretly fallen in love with childhood friend Jiang Jun (Bai Lu) for 10 years.
The next drama from Luo Yun Xi is the modern drama “Broker” with Victoria Song. He recently completed filming on the highly anticipated BL drama “Immortality” Chen Fei Yu. He also began to direct the modern love drama “Lie to Love” with Cosmic Girls member Cheng Xiao. The multi-talent star recently announced in a livestream that he will be giving a concert on the occasion of his debut for the 10th anniversary.
Watch him in “Ashes of Love”:
Next on our list is actor Gong Jun (Simon Gong), who appeared in two well-received dramas this year: Campus Romance Drama “The equations of love“And the marriage drama” Begin Again. “He graduated from the Department of Performance at Donghua University and made his acting debut in the historical drama” Sword Chaos. “Since entering showbiz, Gong Jun has attracted the attention of many viewers for his handsome Appearance, his warm and sweet personality and his natural acting skills attracted.
Gong Jun gained recognition in 2017 after starring in the BL drama “Advance Bravely” and for his role as 11th Prince Yuan Che in the historical fantasy drama “Lost Love in Times”. Because of the drama’s popularity, Gong Jun was the main character in a 12-part spin-off of Lost Love in Times entitled “Ling Long’s Exquisite Drunk Dream”. In the same year he also made his cinema debut in the science fiction suspense film “Rebirth Partner”. Its popularity has steadily increased, and so has the romantic comedy drama last year. “Instead of tipsy why not get drunk?Only helped its fan base grow.
Fans of the BL genre should be thrilled, because Gong Jun will star in the upcoming historical fantasy drama “A Tale of the Wanderers” Zhang Zhe Han. The drama is an adaptation of a BL novel “Tian Ya Ke” written by a well-known writer named Priest. Gong Jun is currently filming the modern drama “The Flaming Heart” in which he plays a firefighter named Huo Yan who meets an ambulance doctor named Yan Lan and falls in love with him, played by Zhang Hui Wen.
Watch him in “The Love Equations”:
Zhao Yi Qin
actor Zhao Yi Qin is another steadily rising star since debuting in 2016 with the crime drama “Memory Lost”. He is a 15th graduate of the Communication University of China. He is a labelmate of Song Wei Long and signed with Huanyu Film in 2016. He began to gain recognition for his supporting roles in historical drama. “King is not easy“And the modern romantic comedy” Accidentally In Love “. The popularity of Zhao Yi Qin rose last year due to the historical drama”The legend of Haolan, “Where he played Prince Yi of Zhao, an honorable, romantic and loyal character. He attracted a lot of viewers with his good looks and acting skills, despite only being in the industry for three years.
Zhao landed his first lead role in the 2019 modern love drama “My Youth,” which received positive reviews for his portrayal of the cool and charismatic, yet protective, Lan Tian Ye, which boosted his popularity. 2020 is Zhao’s biggest year so far, as four of his dramas were broadcast this year: the historical romance “Fake Princess”, modern romantic comedy “my girl, “Historical suspense drama” Love story of the enemies of the court “and the thriller romance”completion. “My Girl, in particular, was very well received as it reunited Zhao Yi Qin and Li Jia Qi as an onscreen couple for the second time. You previously played the OTP in “My Youth”. We can look forward to seeing more of Zhao Yi Qin in the upcoming modern love drama “Sweet Sweet” with actress Ding Yi Yi.
Start watching him “My girl”:
We couldn’t rule out Taiwan’s next-generation star Patrick Shih (Shih Po Yu), who is also referred to as “Friend of the Nation” by the media and Internet users along with Greg Hsu. The young actor is known for his resemblance to Park Seo Joonand his fame exploded for his spectacular and moving performance in “One day or one day”As the enigmatic second main character Mo Jun Jie. Just like Greg, the 184-centimeter star debuted as a model before moving on to acting.
Before entering the entertainment industry, Patrick studied chemistry at the Catholic University of Fu Jen. He is directed by Eelin Entertainment and made his official acting debut in 2016 in the e-sports youth drama “Gamer’s Generation”. Patrick gained a following after starring in the BL drama series. “STORY 2: Crossing the LineAfter the great success of “Someday of One Day”, Patrick received calls from China and performed in many popular variety shows such as “Happy camp, “Super Nova Games”, “Everybody Stand By 2” and “Chuang 2020. “The coveted actor is currently filming the upcoming Chinese fantasy romantic drama” First Love Again ” Chen Hao Yu.
Start watching him “One day or one day”:
The last one on our list, but last but not least, is the actor Deng Chao Yuan (Aaron Deng). Of everyone on the list, the newest actor is Deng Chao Yuan as he just made his acting debut this year! He graduated from Sichuan Film and Television Academy and signed to Beijing Show City Times Entertainment Ltd. in 2018. Deng Chao Yuan first became known to the audience after participating in the second season of the survival reality show “Idol Producer,” in which he was ranked 13th.
The rookie actor made his acting debut for the first time in the romantic sports drama “Love of Summer Night”, which premiered in June. But it was his role in the campus romantic drama “Professional singleAs a cold but cute perfectionist sculptor, Qin Shen who really helped increase his recognition and popularity. In addition, “Professional Single” was in the top 10 of the Chinese drama list for October and November.
Deng Chao Yuan also took part in the “Professional Single” OST and sang the insert song “This is me. “He also released his two singles last year”Great talk” and “Burning light. That year he released his latest rock ballad song “do not forget me, “To express our gratitude to our fans. You can play him in the upcoming modern love drama “Meeting You Loving You” Zhao Yao Ke It follows the story of a couple who, after suffering a heartbreak in their youth, get a second chance at love.
Start watching him “Professional Single”:
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Currently watching: “You complete me, “”Fall into you, “And” creepy counter “
Favorite dramas of all time: “Go straight ahead, “”Nirvana in Fire “ “Queen in Hyun’s husband, “”The romance of a witch, “”Dear O2O “ “Skate Into Love” and “My Lord Mermaid ”
I’m looking forward to: “Legend of Fei”, “Ancient Love Poetry”, “Glory of the Special Forces”, “The Eid of Love” and “Octogenarians and the 90s”