|Episode 12 (Live-action)|
|Air Date||11 March 2012|
|Opening||S.O.L.O by Super Junior-M|
|Ending||Zhe Shi Ai by Lee Donghae (Bo Po Shang) ft. Henry|
|Episode 11||Episode 13|
This is the twelfth episode from the live-action series.
Gong Xi has a formidable foe in fellow castmate Qing Jie, a veteran actress who shot to stardom 20 years earlier in the very part Gong Xi has now. Since the director is still trying to find his own footing, only Lian is strong enough to come to Gong Xi's aid. Gong Xi decides to do something radical to establish her role and prove herself to everyone, even if it means upsetting Lian.
Qing Jie tells the reporters that she is very happy to be able to play a role in the remake of Dark Moon. She also mentions that this press conference makes her feel like she has returned to the press conference of Dark Moon 20 years ago.
One of the reporters informs Director Xu Fang that many viewers think that the title should remain as the original: An Yue. The director bravely answers and all of Gong Xi’s worries about him disappear. The reporter leads into a question by mentioning that the original director of An Yue, Yuan Da Zun, is the current director's father. The reporter asks the director why he changed his name. Director Xu Fang struggles for an answer and the overwhelming pressure for a response causes him to faint. He is brought to a hospital.
The director tells Gong Xi that since he fainted at the press conference no one would want to care about him, right? Gong Xi tells him that it is not true. He declines what he feels may be false comfort from Gong Xi and states that he wants to be discharged now. Gong Xi answers that Miss Chun Shu has already gone to check him out.
Gong Xi calls Lian but it goes to voice mail. She leaves him a message that the director is fine and that Miss Chun Shu told her about Xu Fang's history. When the director came into the industry, the others would say that because of his relationship with his father his work has been going too smoothly. So the pressure on Xu Fang is so big. Gong Xi realizes that at the press conference, the director was worried about when someone would ask questions regarding his father.
Later that night, Gong Xi is tossing and turning in bed thinking about what she can do to help the director. She recalls Lian asking her if she plans to surpass Qing Jie. She jerks up and takes her script out, deciding that what she can do for the director is to familiarize herself with the script and the character to create a Wei Xu that has been reborn.
Gong Xi sneaks up behind two girls. The two girls run away exclaiming that she is a ghost. Manager Du and Lian come by. The manager exclaims that the special effects make up is so well done, so realistic. Gong Xi says that it is lucky that she does not need to get it done every day because she had to sit there for three hours for the scar to be applied. Manager Du comments that other than her make-up giving him such a big shock, she also gave him a shock. He tells her that when she scared away the two girls, she really had the Wei Xu feeling and that the Wei Xu described in the script should be like this. Gong Xi feels very saddened and ashamed because she wasn’t even acting! Manager Du says that she must have a hate-filled jealous side in her heart. Lian thinks about how she entered the industry for revenge and concludes that her hate-filled jealous side must have been caused by Shang.
Seeing that Gong Xi is very down, Manager Du asks her what’s wrong. She tells him that from last night she was constantly reading the script trying to figure out the character of Wei Xu. However, the more she tried to figure it out, the more confused she got. Lian comments that the acting class at LME should have taught her how to figure it out. After an awkward silence, Manager Du guesses that she must have skipped classes because she got too busy with filming. Gong Xi laments that she doesn’t know how to figure out the role of Wei Xu. Lian asks if this was the reason she called him at midnight. Gong Xi nods and apologizes for disturbing him. Manager Du is delighted that the two have progressed to such a good friendship that they can have private phone calls. He puts on a sly smile and subconsciously says that right now, between these two young people, he seems like an extra lightbulb. He abruptly announces that he has to go pee.
So the two “lovers” are left to talk in private. Lian asks Gong Xi how she plans to figure out this role.
Meanwhile, Qing Jie tells the director that when she is not here, she hopes that he won’t film Gong Xi’s part, because the role of Wei Xu has become synonymous with her and that they cannot be separated. “When Wei Xu is mentioned, everybody will think of me. However, Gong Xi is just a newbie and she hasn’t even acted in any movies. What if she uses rotten acting that downgrades the role of Wei Xu? It would disappoint the audience who has loved Wei Xu for twenty years. My reputation would also be affected. Do you know how serious the consequences are?”
The director tells Qing Jie that he thinks that it is because of her unfamiliarity with Gong Xi that she has such worries. She asks him what qualification he has to tell her this considering that he is the director who fainted at a press conference. She rudely tells him that with such a useless director like him, Dark Moon will definitely be ruined in his hands.
Gong Xi asks Lian what role analysis is. He explains that the actor must think about how to develop the character where the script does not account for the character’s life experience and state of mind. Gong Xi makes a very confused face. She imagines herself heavily shaking Lian telling him that what he said is the complete opposite of what Nan Qing told her. In reality she just asks him to explain it a little bit more, which he does. He tells her that everyone’s personality is different so everyone’s viewpoint is different. Even if it is the same lines and same reactions, because of the environment in which someone grows up in and the different encounters with different people, the reaction that will be expressed will be different. However, the character in the script will be the same. “As actors, we must enter the roles in the script.” He tells her that her task is to perform these specifics.
Filming begins and Qing Jie is watching as Gong Xi acts out the classroom scene. Meanwhile, Gong Xi is questioning how Wei Xu would be. She is so immersed in her thoughts she doesn’t even know how to react when Lian, the teacher, calls out her character's name. The rest of the actors are left to laugh at Gong Xi’s flaw.
Afterward, Gong Xi is sitting by the window wondering how Wei Xu should be speaking. Qing Jie walks up and tells her that sure enough, she was right to be worried. She tells Gong Xi that someone young like her who can’t even act doesn’t have the qualifications to play the role of Wei Xu. Director Xu Fang comes and tries to calm the situation. He tells Qing Jie that Gong Xi is nervous that’s why she made the mistake. Qing Jie tells him that those are just excuses and that the role of Wei Xu is really important to her and how she doesn’t want anyone to ruin it. She asks Gong Xi if she has already figured out the role of Wei Xu. Lian walks in and she sneaks a look at him before answering Qing Jie that she has.
Surprised by Gong Xi's response, Lian makes eye contact with her and the two communicate silently. His expression asks if she figured it out already. Of course I haven’t, Gong Xi's eyes answer. Just earlier I asked you what role analysis means. How could it have been that fast?
Then why don’t you tell the truth?
Do you not see how fierce she looks? If I were to tell the truth to her, wouldn’t she be even harsher?
"Are you willing to accept a challenge?" Qing Jie asks Gong Xi, who returns her focus back onto the older actress. Qing Jie asks that since Gong Xi has already figured out the role of Wei Xu, is she willing to accept her challenge?
"What challenge?" Gong Xi asks. Qing Jie proposed that if she asks her any questions relating to Wei Xu and she is able to respond to all of them correctly then she won’t underestimate her, but if there is even one question that Gong Xi cannot respond to, then she will immediately drop the role of Wei Xu.
Xu Fang warns Qing Jie not make any unauthorized decisions. The older actress turns on him and ask if he knows how Da Zun, his father, guided the cast members. He doesn’t answer. She tells him that if on the day of filming if an actor is unable to figure out the role of the character, then they will be swapped out. Lian steps in and politely asks Qing Jie to stop talking.
The director has an anxiety attack thinking about how people would downgrade him and compare him to his father. Lian comforts and calms the director down.
Gong Xi steps in and tells Qing Jie that she is willing to accept the challenge. She asks Qing Jie to agree to one of her conditions, which is to respect the director more. Qing Jie agrees. The questions begin, and Gong Xi gets all of them correct – what kind of personality Wei Xu has, why she never smiles, what she likes, how was her face injured, the real story behind her injury, who Wei Xu despises. However, Gong Xi stumbled on the last question: why does Wei Xu despise of Mei Yue? She answers with a question: does Wei Xu hate Mei Yue? Since Gong Xi can’t answer the question, Qing Jie declares that Gong Xi failed the challenge and tells her to keep to their agreement.
Lian intervenes and points out to Qing Jie that there is actually not enough time to get a new actor to play Wei Xu. He is worried about her obsession with the Wei Xu role; he doesn't think that any actress will be able to please Qing Jie. Qing Jie tells him to stop beating around the bush. Lian pleads for Gong Xi to be given another chance; Gong Xi only needs a little bit more time to understand the role. He even stakes his reputation on it.
Shang’s manager discovers that Gong Xi is taking part in Dark Moon on the news. Just as Shang walks in, she immediately turns off the TV. After the filming of the MV, Shang never mentioned Gong Xi but she knows that he still thinks about her. She recalls during the filming how Shang said, “Even up until now, I still feel that she belongs to me. It is my right to treat her this way.” On their way to Shang's promo at Eight Channel, Shang’s manager realizes that since Eight Channel is the one that is producing Dark Moon and there will be posters all over. She slows down and decides to take the long way instead.
Gong Xi has a talk with Manager Du. Gong Xi is frustrated that Lian actually staked his reputation for her. She is worried what would happen to him if she can’t do it. Manager Du tells her to just work on thinking about why Wei Xu would hate Mei Yue. She tells him that Lian seems to already know why, remembering their conversation after Lian vouched for her.
He asked her what kind of person she thinks Wei Xu is other than an introvert. She answered that Wei Xu is very solemn and dark. He asked her if growing up in a rich family is something to be envious of. Gong Xi's thinks yes, of course it is. However, from the way Lian sees it, no matter how rich or luxurious her family is, this Wei Xu is to be pitied. During this discussion, there's a ball being fidgeted with until Lian throws it.
Gong Xi complains that she doesn’t understand why he won’t just tell her the reason. Manager Du has to explain that, like a math problem, if she doesn’t find the answer herself, she won’t know how to do the problem the next time. So she thinks…
…and thinks…Mei Yue has developed an optimistic and happy outlook and she is a kind and gentle girl. AHA! So in Wei Xu’s eyes, the fact that Mei Yue never lets her tragic life bring her down and is always smiling happily is the complete opposite of herself. Because of this, Wei Xu is jealous and envious of Mei Yue and that’s why she started to hate her. However, Gong Xi has yet to figure out why Wei Xu has to go and compare herself to Mei Yue. She walks to the pond and sees the ball that Lian chucked there. She looks at Wei Xu’s reflection in the water, picks up the ball, and happily tells Manager Du that she has found the Wei Xu that belongs to her.
Manager Du runs to inform the crew that Gong Xi has disappeared. Lian, with concern on his face, asks him what he means. Qing Jie concludes that she has run off because she doesn’t know how to interpret the role of Wei Xu. Manager Du disagrees and tells them that he heard Gong Xi say “I have found the Wei Xu that belongs to me”. Lian asks to the director to film the parts that do not include Gong Xi first because he believes that Gong Xi will definitely return.
Gong Xi finds that her feet have taken her to a hair salon. She thinks about Lian giving her a big lecture for having left the set. Just thinking about it makes her terrified. However, her heart tells her that she must do this. She takes her wig off and tells herself that she is not Gong Xi but Wei Xu.
Finally, Gong Xi arrives back to the film set with a new haircut and personality. She plops herself down in a chair and deeply concentrates on her book. Qing Jie gives her a scolding for using such a haircut to act out Wei Xu, and how this cannot cover up Wei Xu’s scars. Qing Jie continues ranting about how Wei Xu is introvert and doesn’t want other people to see her scars and that’s why she grew out her hair. However, Gong Xi doesn’t reply.
Lian puts a hand on her back. “Gong Xi, what’s wrong? This isn’t like you.” She shakes his hand off and looks up, giving a very scary stare. Lian then realizes that this isn’t Gong Xi anymore; it’s Wei Xu. However, Qing Jie doesn’t believe that this is Wei Xu because if it were, her hatred would be kept within. Lian explains that if it was Qing Jie who played Wei Xu, then yes, that would be how Wei Xu would be but…
Everyone is sitting on the other side of the room watching Wei Xu completely ignoring her surroundings. Lian asks Qing Jie to talk to Gong Xi to bring out the Wei Xu that is within her. Qing Jie is reluctant, but agrees. Wei Xu just walks away from her. However, when Qing Jie calls out “Wei Xu!” she turns around and asks if she was just calling her. Even the director realizes that this Wei Xu is not an introvert at all, and also that she is an elegant, well-bred lady. Wei Xu tells her mother that she didn’t know how much she loved her older sister, because if at the time, her mother had given her a name that differed more from her older sister’s, she wouldn’t be constantly be made fun of. Qing Jie protests to Lian and Xu Fang that the Wei Xu that Gong Xi is portraying dares to guilt trip to her mother, and that this isn’t the way to portray Wei Xu. She tells the director to please correct Gong Xi's acting. However, the director just looks down. Wei Xu smirks and taunts that her mother must keep on wanting her to hide her scar because she is ashamed by the ugly mark. Wei Xu tells her mother that actually she feels that the scar on her is great because this way, her beautiful older sister will see the ugliness inside her own heart. Everyone, including Qing Jie is taken back by this.
The director goes to take a breather. Lian asks him what’s wrong. Xu Fang just says that he was taken back by Gong Xi. He tells Lian that earlier he didn't feel he could accept Gong Xi’s Wei Xu because he felt that there was too much distance compared to the original An Yue. However, Gong Xi’s acting just now allowed him to feel the darkness and rage trapped in Wei Xu’s heart. Lian asks him if he has accepted Gong Xi’s Wei Xu. He tells him that hasn’t accepted it, but he has been inspired by her.
Gong Xi has finally cracked out of her Wei Xu and the first thing she does is apologize. The director actually thanks her for inspiring him. Qing Jie is unsatisfied though, because the Wei Xu she played is extremely different from the original Wei Xu. However, the director actually found the courage to stand up to Qing Jie, challenging her to bring on a style as Wei Xu’s mother that's as excellent as Gong Xi's for Wei Xu. Qing Jie agrees.
So Gong Xi is standing waiting for Lian, anticipating his rebukes for having left the set and behaved the way she did. She apologizes and imagines herself handing him a knife and telling him to do as he pleases. However, in reality, he cries as she apologizes for making the crew wait for her. Instead of yelling at her, he tells her that he is very happy that she returned with the new Wei Xu which is outstanding. He looks forward to acting well with her, which makes her happy.
At Eight Channel, Shang overhears people talking about Gong Xi being in Dark Moon. He goes to see a newsletter on the Dark Moon production and, sure enough, there is Gong Xi.
Lian finds himself waking from a long sleep during which he dreamed of little Gong Xi.
Gong Xi is acting her part well, earning praising from the director. Qing Jie walks past her without speaking. Gong Xi chases her, hoping to repair their relationship. Qing Jie tells Gong Xi that she is jealous of her and that never thought of her having this kind of acting ability. She tells her that although that she was not willing, but she admits that she has lost fair and square.
Gong Xi brings Lian an obento box.
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