Yang Mi and Ethan Ruan's First Meeting and Why Ethan Joined Fuyao

The popularity of Legend of Fuyao 扶摇皇后 has turned the attention to its two leads Yang Mi and Ethan Ruan, and it turns out that both have a story to share about the day they first met. Apparently, Ethan Ruan has been harboring some hurt feeling towards Yang Mi since their first meeting around 3 to 4 years ago for a commercial shoot.

Now that they have worked together in a drama, Yang Mi recounts how Ethan Ruan spilled his grievances towards her after wrapping up the shoot for Legend of Fuyao. Yang Mi was completely baffled and does not remember how she could have hurt his feelings. 


According to Ethan, it was during the first day of the commercial shoot. He approached Yang Mi to introduce himself, "Ni Hao, Ni Hao, I'm Xiao Tian."  She quickly dismissed him and told him that he didn't need to be so polite since they're only shooting for one day. What she said just seems so like Yang Mi, and I think it's cute and adorable that Ethan still remembered the incident after all these years. It's like school boy who didn't get the attention he wanted from the girl he likes. 

Despite this 'hurt' feelings, when Ethan found out that Yang Mi will be playing Fuyao, he admitted that she was the reason why he chose to accept the role. 

Ethan Ruan Legend of Fuyao


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24 comments:

  1. Yang Mi was the IT girl back then. I don’t know what happened, but she lost her charisma on and off screen. Maybe it’s her stiff face, personality change or whatever.

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  2. Am I the only one who dropped Fuyao? I was following it up until last week

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    1. You’re not alone. A bunch of people dropped it.

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    2. I'm with you, somehow it doesn't excite me as much as TMOPB as it doesn't have the story flow that makes you wanna engaged in the episode, and i tend to hit the ff button a lot. It's kinda sad, because i've always love YM in period n costume drama since the palace drama with ruby lin.

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    3. LOL. I'm glad y'all dropped it. Less nega' vibes for LOFY. #teamlegendoffuyao.

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    4. Hey anon above, we never say shit bout this drama beside saying we dropped it so you can be less salty now lol

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    5. ROTFLMAO. I've been waiting for your reply. Mr Anon, nobody said shit about you other than I'm glad you dropped it, you commenting on the post of a show you supposedly dropped, I wonder what that makes you. A sore, pathetic hater in my opinion. LOL. Go comment on posts concerning your shows.

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    6. IMO it only gets really compelling after episode 30 or so. (Similar to TMOPB, which really got going for me after around episode 30 with the Bai Qian arc.)

      I wasn't really captivated by LOFY for the first half and only watched it when I was bored, but continued because Yang Mi is one of my favourite actresses in period dramas. Fortunately, the post-Taiyuan storyline gets much better. The male & female lead both become way more badass (Fuyao is less "damsel in distress" and starts to hold her own), the romance is far more intense (not just occasional flirting here and there), and the stakes seem much higher.

      Episode 34 especially had some of the most intense scenes I've ever seen in a drama (both the female & male lead were super awesome and kickass). Hopefully LOFY keeps this up because if it does, I can see it becoming one of my all-time favourites.

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  3. Me too, after Ep26. Nothing exciting. I dont feel the chemistry to root for them till the end. I started to cringe whenever I watch their romantic scenes.

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  4. I adore these two and forever ship them in drama land. Ethan’s performance in this drama is great and I didn’t realize it is his first historical drama. Made me a fan of his actually. As for Yang Mi, I think she is improving and does so due to having a strong leading actor like Ethan or Mark. At the beginning, I didn’t think Ethan and Yang Mi can top the performance of her and Mark’s, but they have done it. I was not a fan of YM until TMOPB. I am so enjoying Fuyao so much. It is my weekly obsession, I will continue to be a fan of Yang Mi and Ethan.

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    1. Awww.i strongly agree with you. I literally hate weekends now. I keep watching spoilers to quench my thirst for this drama.

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    2. Yes. I hate weekends now tooo! Lol only way to cope is to read forum comments or rewatch some fantastic scenes. I have only finished episode 32. Am looking forward to the subs and new episodes.

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    3. It's also my weekly obsession! I usually don't think I could survive the weekend most times. I love you all for feeling same *sobs*.

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    4. I agree, Ethan does a fantastic job portraying the intelligent, conniving and cheeky Wuji. If he keeps this up I think this will become my favourite onscreen YM pairing by far--a big feat since YM has such amazing onscreen chemistry with so many of her costars. Plus it would be replacing YM + Hu Ge for me, who has been my favourite YM male lead since I first watched both of them in Liao Zhai from 2006 (even YM/Mark didn't top them for me in TMOPB).

      IMO, while I did love Yehua, Wuji is a way more badass male lead. He is much more bold, defiant, and a "take charge" type, he knows exactly what/who he wants, and will stop at nothing to protect his loved ones. His actions in episode 34 onwards have completely won me over. Hopefully the writers will continue his character development along those lines.

      Fuyao is also becoming one of the best female main characters for me. I wasn't sure about her at the beginning (her character was too rash/impulsive and even though she didn't want to be, she too often ended up being an unwilling damsel in distress to be saved). But again, starting with the last few episodes she has proven to be one heck of a tough cookie and it's awesome to watch. There's still half the drama left though so I hope the writers don't screw this up with a bad ending!

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  5. Wow. I love this drama a lot, it's so addictive, and I'm glad 6 billion people feel the same.

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  6. I love this drama a lot, I usually don't watch c-dramas cause of their length but a colleague of mine recommended this saying I'd like it, I checked and it had 66 episodes, I was like, no way. I started a week ago and I'm all caught up, I can't wait for new episode. I've been googling about it and somehow found this page. I love everything about this drama,absolutely everything. Thank you Yang mi and Ethan ruan.

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  7. My beautiful babies, I just wanna cry anytime I have to wait for new episodes. I've dropped every other show I'm watching not because they are good but because I can't really concentrate on them. Legend of Fuyao rocks!!.

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  8. I <3 Fuyao & Wuji ... Both Yang Mi & Ethan gave superb performance. Bravo!

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  9. If you're going to report news you should report it in its entirety. Your post almost implies he accepted the role because he had a crush on her. Ethan admitted he accepted the role because he knows Yang Mi can guarantee the ratings.

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  10. This is the best drama of the year, ethan and yang mi are meant to be together in this drama. I'm too addicted to it that I even forget about reality of life.

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  11. I am following LOFY every week and even with 8eps a week, it’s still a waiting game. I literally don’t like Weekends now since I don’t huv any new Eps. Ethan is doing such a great job as Wuji. Yangmi’s FuYao can be very impulsive at times for her actions, but that doesn’t completely let her become weak. So far, this one is the best drama of the year for me. Love their chemistry. YangMi really has that magical touch with her costars.

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  12. This is my new crack drama...best onscreen couple so far this year for me...love their chemistry...

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  13. I want to see this commercial.. from the above still they look so cute and sweet together 😁. Like old time couple...

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  14. Love this show. Ep33-34 are epic!

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