Chinese actor Steven Zhang (Zhang Xin Cheng) is causing big waves in Chinese drama land as one of the hottest rising stars in 2020. His popularity rose after starring in the recently completed slice of life drama. “Go straight ahead. “The drama received critical acclaim for its beautiful portrayal of an unconventional family made up of three non-blood-related siblings raised by their two fathers. The drama was trending daily on Chinese social media platforms as internet users debated the various topics and themes that were featured on the show: family love, friendship, the pains of growing up, and staying positive after seeing the injustices and struggles of daily life.
Steven in particular has received much attention and praise for his superb portrayal of He Zi Qiu, a kind, devoted, and loving man who secretly longs for his birth mother, who has abandoned him. The beloved character often moved the audience to tears and made them feel his inner grief and turmoil. Despite all the misfortune he faces, He Zi Qiu will make you laugh too with his innocent and pure personality and silly antics.
The talented aspiring actor is nothing new to audiences as he has appeared in various dramas and films since his debut in 2013. A graduate of the prestigious Central Academy of Drama, Steven is known for touching the hearts of viewers with his impressive acting and unforgettable roles. After “Go Ahead” has aired you should of course also check out Steven’s other works. You’re in luck because we’ve put together a list of Stevens’ dramas to add to your watchlist. Check them out below!
“My Huckleberry friends“Is the dramatic adaptation of Ba Yue Chang An’s novel” Hello, Old Times “and is the companion piece to”With you, ”Because the two have the same timelines and character connections. Landy Li plays Yu Zhou Zhou who meets Lin Yang (Steven Zhang) on the first day of elementary school, and the two become best friends. Horrible rumors about the two of them later spread at school, and Lin Yang’s parents told him to stay away from Zhou Zhou, which caused their friendship to fall apart. To escape Lin Yang and her former classmates and start over, she goes to Zhen Hua High School, but later finds out that Lin Yang is also attending the same school.
Also a math prodigy, Zhou Zhou defied the expectations of her parents and teachers by choosing to study the liberal arts. She went through many difficulties in school and reconnected with Lin Yang. With his sunny and optimistic personality, Lin Yang helps Zhou Zhou get through her difficult times and she realizes that Lin Yang, whom she always cherished deep in her heart, is a true friend who will always be there for her.
“My Huckleberry Friends” was highly praised for its perfect blend of family, friendship and romance and for its timeline that captures the cute, humorous and touching little moments of youth. The nostalgic slice of life drama won the award for outstanding television series at the 5th Hengdian Film and TV Festival of China. Coincidentally, this is also Stevens’ first starring drama and it helped him gain recognition in 2017. His portrayal of Lin Yang in “My Huckleberry Friends” earned him the award for Best New Actor at the 7th iQiyi All-Star Carnival. Your heart will surely melt with Steven’s portrayal of Lin Yang’s incredibly sweet character with his affection for Yu Zhou Zhou, whom he loves deeply and whom he deeply protects.
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“Skate Into Love” follows the story of a couple of childhood frenemies, speed skater Tang Xue (Wu Qian) and an ice hockey player named Li Yu Bing who shares big dreams on the ice. The two were desk mates in elementary school, and Li Yu Bing was a shy and cowardly boy who was often bullied by Tang Xue. The two meet again six years later at Lin Cheng University, where Li Yu Bing is the school’s star hockey player, while Tang Xue quit speed skating after a terrible injury. Li Yu Bing gets Tang Xue to be his assistant in order to take revenge on all the bullying during her elementary school days.
“Skate Into Love” is the drama that put Steven on the map earlier this year and helped him attract millions of new fans both at home and abroad. Viewers of the drama quickly fell in love with his character, the “ice god” Li Yu Bing, who has an immense passion for hockey. His character is really a friend as he is Tang Xue’s greatest supporter. With his intervention and encouragement, he helps Tang Xue find the courage to pursue her dreams of speed skating again. Our OTP Tang Xue and Li Yu Bing have incredible chemistry as they have many sweet and funny moments along with their constant quarrel that naturally turns into real care and love for each other. “Skate Into Love” is a heartwarming and inspiring romantic comedy that you won’t want to miss out on!
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Steven starred in his very first historical drama, Young Blood, last year. The story takes place during the Northern Song Dynasty, which is at war with the Western Xia. It is a dangerous and tumultuous time as spies have infiltrated the capital to gather information about the Northern Song government. To protect their country, six young people are selected to undergo rigorous training and form a team of top elite spies. When joining the team, the six people often bump into each other because of their different personalities, backgrounds and hidden agendas. However, as they complete and face various life and death missions, they learn to trust each other and become an impressive team with a strong friendship.
“Young Blood” received positive reviews for portraying people chasing their dreams and demonstrating patriotism for their country. Viewers also praised the drama for its captivating characters and the unpredictable twists and turns in the plot throughout the show. In the drama, Steven plays Yuan Zhong Xin, who, together with Zhao Jian (Zhou Yu Tong), heads the elite team of spies. Audiences loved his mischievous street-smart character, Yuan Zhong Xin, who is not only super-intelligent but also an honorable, kind-hearted, trustworthy man who is fully at the side of his friends and family.
In addition to “Skate Into Love” and “Go Ahead”, Steven also starred in a third drama this year, “Symphony’s Romance”, the third live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga “Nodame Cantabile” by Tomoko Ninomiya. This drama adaptation follows Korea’s “Cantabile of tomorrow2014 and Japan’s “Nodame Cantabile” 2006.
In “Symphony’s Romance,” Steven plays Li Zhen Yan, an incredibly talented musician who receives offers to study abroad at various renowned music schools around the world. However, Li Zhen Yan suffers from a severe childhood trauma and stops his music career because he is afraid to step out into the big wide world while his past continues to haunt him. Things start to change when he hears the extraordinarily talented pianist Xiao Wo (Jelly Lin), who is considered even more talented than Zhen Yan. Xiao Wo is not your typical heroine with her eccentric personality and whimsical demeanor, but Zhen Yan can’t help but feel intrigued by her as they both share the same passion for music. While the two spend more time together, Zhen Yan slowly begins to heal from the wounds of his past and with Xiao Wo’s help he finds the courage to make his dreams come true.
Although “Symphony’s Romance” is an adaptation of “Nodame Cantabile”, it is a toned down version compared to the craziness of its Korean and Japanese counterparts, which makes it more of a drama in its own right. Our male lead actor Li Zhen Yan looks arrogant and distant on the outside, with high standards for music and life. He has always dreamed of being a conductor, but he cannot develop further in life because he is caught in the ghosts of his past. Drama fans loved Stevens’ portrayal of Li Zhen Yan because, unlike the character in the original Japanese drama, he is a much friendlier, gentler, and sweeter version.
The romance between our OTP Xiao Wo and Li Zhen Yan can be described as much more mature and in-depth, as their relationship naturally evolves from mutual admiration to a partnership in which they consider each other to be personally and professionally equal. They work together as a team to fully support each other’s ambitions and dreams and to help each other through their adversities and insecurities. In addition to being a romantic comedy, it’s an inspiring drama that focuses on friendship, personal growth, and following your dreams.
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I am currently watching: “Lost romance, “”Dating in the kitchen, “And” youth record “
Favorite dramas of all time: “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”, “Old Love Poetry”, “Glory of the Special Forces” and “The Oath of Love”