Up and coming: Chinese actor Yang Yang needs to be on your watchlist
If you’ve been on the internet lately, you’ve probably witnessed a surge in mentions of one particular Chinese actor: Yang Yang. The phenom has become a Chinese heartthrob as his face has been a part of many Chinese and Korean dramas. If you haven’t been abreast to this upcoming frontman, here’s a look at Yang Yang’s breakthrough into mainstream media and fans’ reception.
Seven years of work
Yang Yang first appeared on screens in 2010 playing the lead role in TV series The Dream of Red Mansions. He won Best New Actor for his highly praised performance in the fifty-episode drama; throughout the years he was featured in many war dramas padding his resume with work.
Yang’s career really started to skyrocket in 2015. Fresh off the heels of box office hit The Left Ear, Yang then made an appearance on travel reality show Divas Hit the Road. He later showed off his other areas of expertise by releasing his first single “Tender Love”. By the end of the year, Yang had won several awards including Most Popular TV Actor, Most Anticipated Actor, and Most Influential Actor.
Mainstream & fan reception
International & local fandom for Yang began in 2016, when he starred in romantic drama Love O2O, which quickly became the most-viewed drama in China. Yang’s surge in popularity materialized into a feature on a Chinese postage stamp as well as a two wax figures at Madam Tussauds Shanghai.
In 2018 Yang was named as a Top 30 Under 30 influential actor. Later, fans rejoiced as the performer launched his personal Instagram account. International fans took to Twitter to celebrate the consistent accomplishments of Yang and started a fan account, @YangYangfans.
As Yang is currently filming a new drama in Turkey, it seems like the actor’s star is only just beginning to rise. If you weren’t part of Yang’s fan club before, you’ll probably be a member soon.