Shen Yue's Crying Scene in Another Me Garners Negative Comments

It seems like I'm seeing Shen Yue's name quite a lot lately from her red carpets looks being criticized to her controversial pairing with Jerry Yan. People have now turned their attention to her acting. Another Me 七月与安生 has just started airing this week, and one particular crying scene has been singled out.  

In the said scene, An Sheng, played by Shen Yue, grieves the death of her mother and regrets not seeing her mother for one last time. She doesn't immediately betray emotion upon hearing the news though gradually, her face contorts in anguish as she talks to a picture of her mother to release her pent up feelings. She paces the room back and forth, throws a vase, before breaking down in tears. 

It's the kind of scene that will make you sob loudly while blowing your nose. However, it seems that those raw emotions weren't so convincing for some netizens who have expressed disappointment towards her acting. And to be honest, I'm not surprised. 

Her performance wasn't really her best and a bit, er, awkward. Some of her cries were also a little off and I ended up cringing? At the start of the scene, when she's tearing up, her voice lacked the usual break that I'm used to hearing. To her credit though, Shen Yue's facial expression were good at some points. 

It does feel like Shen Yue can get unwarranted hate over every little thing. Another Me's movie version Soul Mate earned both Zhou Dongyu and Sandra Ma the best actress award. That's an insanely high bar for the drama adaptation which doesn't help. While I do find Shen Yue to be a good actress, I agree with netizens in saying that she could have done better.

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  1. She is young and still learning....Goodness, there are many worst actor/actress that are already very experience.

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    1. People tend to be so over critical and you’re right, there are far more worst actors & actresses why single her out.
      Another point, and it might be part of the direction, the story may ask for an acting that slows down emotions, so what the heck! If you dont like it then dont watch it!

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    2. for me its her best...natural acting ..

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  2. I don't think people expect Shen Yue to be at Ma Sichun or Zhou Dongyu level. Just decent acting would have suffice. This was just embarrassingly bad �� I think she did fine in ALSB but then again that role was easy and didn't require serious acting chops. Her agency should seriously consider sending her to acting classes. Dramas are not free training grounds for actors to practice their acting. People pay with their hard earned money to watch dramas with good acting. When you are handed leading roles and you failed to deliver, don't be surprised when the general public criticize you. Not all hate against her are unreasonable. The same with the red carpet dress issue, the dress was horrendous and unflattering on her so ofc people will laugh.

    Shen Yue seems to have some big backers in the industry to land lead roles in prominent dramas when her looks and talent are both mediocre at best. They should take better care of her. Her girl next-door charm can only get her so far in an industry that's extremely competitive. Fresh young talents with beautiful faces are everywhere and everyday new ones entered the industry. Get enough negative hits to her reputation and she'll lose her relevance especially when she's nowhere up there yet.

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    1. Very well said.

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    2. I'm curious, how did she get those backers if true?

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    3. "When you are handed leading roles and you failed to deliver, don't be surprised when the general public criticize you"

      So true. Her int fans act like the general public in china are all haters that envy and want to destroy her career, i hope they realise shen yue isn't THAT popular lol. And her fans on twitter attack everyone that say bad abt shen yue acting. so childish it's embarasing

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    4. You all are just criticizing her....because she is new you all are gonna jump right over her...stop it...Shen Yue is a very good actor and then she has already acted as a main lead in Meteor Garden..which was also a very popular drama of that time...but she did an excellent job...and her performance surprised me...stop spitting shit and she is a wonderful actress,dont try to bring her down



      One the 2nd note she is professional she wouldn't pay attention to shitty comments, she will only focus on her acting and will make it more awesome.

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    5. Hey, I did my research and it seems she has no significant backing, she auditions for her roles and she's frank and honest about her life. You should try read her interviews before jumping into the hate bandwagon.

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    6. This anonymous internet coward must have dreamed of being in Shen Yue's spot but couldn't even come close. Sorry girl, or boy, or agendered specie, whatever you are, the malicious criticisms that you are spouting just make you sound pathetic. Head-to-toe jealousy is surely the root of it all. Your criticisms do not lessen our love for Shen Yue, in fact it makes us love her even more. She is a beautiful, talented young lady who has a bright future ahead of her. I doubt that you have that in your future since you have a dark outlook. Lol!

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  3. People look ugly when they cry. That's it. Well, there's always room to improve but I think I've seen way worse than her.

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  4. Haiz if you're gonna have average face the least u could do is be above average at acting... Dilireba, lin yun, ju jingyi, peng xiaoran all average actors struggle with emotional acting but at least their looks are above average. But shen yue doesn't have looks, doesn't have body, acting also flop tsk tsk orz

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    1. I think that those who criticize Shen Yue's acting cannot even deliver it themselves, and those who say she is not beautiful is not even halfway as lovely as she is. I just smell jealousy and purely insecurities here projected to this promising young lady. Shen Yue, just keep on working, keep on soaring , keep those projects coming and keep filling your bank account while working with happiness! Those who hate you will just be like that in 10 years, just haters....and wrinkles will have no mercy on them!Those who love you will continue to love you!

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    2. Such a immature comment. Spreading dislike towards a young actress.

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  5. I think she is a wondrerful actress what's with all the hating you should be ashamed

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    1. Exactly! These haters fail to realize it's not up to the actor on how they should act too. If the director don't want them to cry with loud screamings and boogers, then they just don't.

      Last time ZDY did a really realistic cry and they only made fun of her face. All Chinese actresses today would try to look as pretty as they can when crying, ALL of them. They are really afraid of crying realistically. It's pure HATE to insult her acting base on this particular subject of crying. I give kudos to ZDY being brave, but either way she still get hates for it and people even insult her acting bad too just because it's too real. Go point fingers at directors and stop hating on actors, no matter how they act, if this actress isn't your favorite you'll just bash her.

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    2. I really hate those that feel they have right to give hash comments or judgement on young artist. She is clearly learning and improving.

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  6. I think Shen Yue is a naturally beautiful actress, she did fairly well in that film but people will always find ways to crticize her no matter what. She's on her way to better acting though.

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    1. I agree. She may not be the best actress but her acting is natural. I dont find her crying scene unreal too. I experience the similar situation and my reacting was the same.

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    2. Agreed completely, what I feel like is that people just jumped on the hate bandwagon without doing proper research and unnecessarily nitpick when it comes to her.

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  7. She is best in her role. I cried alot when I watched that scene that's the main thing she nailed it why critisizing her. I watched soulmate movie but I didn't like that movie I watching another me it's very good loved it

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  8. I think she's an average actress, she doesn't have much work in her bag either, but what really puts me off is the fact that when I watched this drama I was completely disappointed, maybe I was expecting too much,since the movie was so beautiful and well put, especially the acting from MSC and ZDY. I don't think such a character that has a different arch can be played by a newbie? I wonder who casted her, she's so miscasted. She can pull of a rom-com but not a heavyweight angst drama. I think they should've chosen someone with more experience in the acting. that crying scene was downright cringe-worthy and awkard and it had nothing to do with being an ugly crier either, but not an emotional one that could make you sob as well.

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    1. I don't understand a thing about the whole newbie stuff...I don't get why people think actors have to do a godzillion support roles before they can act on a main role. WTF?

      And if anybody new get a main role then they didn't work their way up and got good backers? WTF?

      FYI, even if somebody only land a small support roles they still need backers to get that small role too so stop making it sound like none of your favorite actresses did not use "backers".

      There are talented people who exist. Some people are not talented and I understand why they need to make improvements bit by bit. But lots of great stars who are naturally talented, and they have made it big before by casting as main roles right away without experience and on their first try. Such as Hu Ge, he wasn't the most handsome or anything, and he was so new, he starred the main role in Chinese Paladin and his fame just skyrocket right away. Also people like Ariel Lin too. There are lots of them! There is no point in having to make naturally talented people cast in dumb roles and waste their time and youth away, just because of the label that they are "new". Many actresses today are not new but they are not even good at acting.

      Shen Yue looks average because she is naturally pretty, and her acting is not even bad. From the GIF animations above, she wasn't crying dramatically but we can still see her pain, it's very convincing. Some people can cry their eyes out ugly/pretty and most of them still don't even look convincing by doing that, or even if they are convincing, I am one who never sob with them...I never sob with these actors when they cry :/ ??? I believe lots people don't cry easily like me too...so, as long as it looks convincing their acting is good and that's all we care.

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  9. For someone who haven’t lost someone close to them, crying when finding out that a loved one had passed away will never understand. When I heard the news about my dads passing, so many emotions came to my mind that I feel like my brain will explode! Now that I’m recalling it, my tears didn’t fell off my eyes quickly as I can’t breath etc... so criticizing someone about her tears didn’t flow like a river upon learning her mother’s death is just...sad!
    FYI, SY is still new and I believe if the director didn’t see that her acting is good, they will not approved that and will go for another take. So stop bullying the actress!
    If you people think you’re better than Shen Yue, by all means audition on TV screen and get her job hahhaa but I guess anyone can only write online ��

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    1. I am sorry to hear about your pain, it was the same with me. I was in shock for a long while before tear flow much later....It took time to register the information. I was still in denial.

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  10. The point is not whether we skeptical netizens can do better than her. Clearly, she shouldn't be held to the standards of an average girl on the streets. The thing is that there are actresses out there who can do a much better job. Prettier, more talented girls are getting passed for Shen Yue. Look at all those star-wannabes that the big three acting schools churned out every year - professionally trained, beautiful, but can't get a break.

    Shen Yue belongs to the cutesy group of actresses, i.e. the likes of Zhao Liying, Jang Nara, etc. They don't have the best of figures and aren't considered by many to be great beauties, but both Zhao and Jang have superb audience affinity (and are also objectively good-looking plus act decently). Unfortunately, I think it's safe to say that SY is lacking in talent, looks and audience rapport. Her appearance gives her even more of a disadvantage because she's female; even Zhou Dongyu gets flak for looking like a duck. That said, if she's a fantastic actor like Huang Bo, no one will give a damn about how good she looks. If she's gorgeous like Crystal Liu, no one will give a damn about how well she acts. The problem is that she's super duper average, and doesn't have the acting skills to cover that.

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    1. Ugh...ZLY acting is no better than Shen Yue. ZLY has so many fans loving her, so they say her acting is good, so it is good (online) but in reality it ain't any better. ZLY sells a brand of herself being inspirational and honest to gain fans, not exactly her acting. Her crying scenes are only about looking pretty, it's not realistic either. The voice actors did all the excellent jobs of sounding like being in real pain for her, all she need to do was pull a face that's pretending to be in distress (but remain beautifully). As long as somebody is pretty-face like her who wouldn't be able to do the same?

      I don't expect anybody to need to cry for real or get punched for real to show the real face of being in pain, it's all acting. But if you find no problem in ZLY acting Shen Yue acting is no less.


      Shen Yue acting isn't that bad, but she just don't have fans. And the haters say she's bad at acting online ON MASS to make her look very bad. In reality she isn't even that bad. She's not as pretty as ZLY but her face is natural. Not being pretty does not mean not good at acting. The abusive things people say are like this, "A dog's acting". Seriously? This type of "hate" means they are very jealous and being this jealous means there is something too good about her.

      Crystal Liu is good at acting too, it's not that she so pretty so people don't criticize her. She does have good acting skills and I find people too jealous of her. No matter how people want to deny her talents, the truth is she already owns them all. How'd u think she got so popular? Just her face alone? She wouldn't need to act at all and just go sell her pictures.
      In recent years I don't think she is that beautiful anymore too so why would people do that just cause of her face alone? Her movies are boring recently, not necessary bad acting but scripts and storylines have issues.
      Saying as if nobody act like her these days, all these new actresses have the same type of acting all year long!

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    2. I never claimed that Crystal Liu doesn't receive criticisms for her acting. My point is that if you are great at something, it covers your other flaws. That said, Crystal Liu's acting ranges from terrible to serviceable, so I don't know what you're talking about. No one is jealous of her; people wholeheartedly acknowledge that she's one of the most beautiful stars in China.

      Also, look up the definition of "decent" - of an acceptable standard; satisfactory. Zhao Liying is not a great actress by any means, but she knows how to pick roles that suit her. In any case, even if she didn't, Shen Yue doesn't even come close in terms of talent.

      Lastly, you are bring forth this fallacious argument where people criticise others because they are jealous of them. No, I have a life and I'm not jealous of celebrities. When I see someone I find beautiful or talented, I want to be like them. Why would I be jealous? The presumption that she's getting hate because people are jealous is just ridiculous. The only reason why she's getting hate is because she has no outstanding qualities as a star.

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    3. Zhao Liying definitely knows how to pick roles. For example, Bi Yao goes into a coma at the end without any closure. And Chu Qiao who wakes up from amnesia at the end without any closure. She also use doubles to play her back because she's not facing the camera. That is how you define decent and acceptable standard but not everyone.
      I understand Zhao Liying came from a poor background and is not privilege like Liu Yifei who grew up like a princess who had the opportunity to learn everything thus made her so talented in every single thing. That's not the reason why people don't like Zhao Liying, the reason is her impoliteness.When it comes to honesty, good attitude, hardworking, Zhao Liying is below everyone. But of course her fans speak up for her. You sound very insecure, knowing Shen Yue belongs to the cutesy type like Zhao Liying and afraid she will replace the heights of Zhao.

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    4. Unfortunately, you got it wrong. I'm a fan of Crystal Liu and Dilraba, but I can acknowledge their flaws. There's no need to associate me with any fanbase though, because I don't have those "fan concerns". I just hate the arguments about jealousy and insecurity, they are just stupid and convenient ways to dismiss others' points.

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  11. Lmao imagine thinking Shen yue acting is at the SAME level as Zhao Li Ying. I have to laugh. Thanks for the joke. You guys keep defending her acting as good and insulting people who disagree and it's honestly so embarrassing omg. They are ACTORS so of course people will judge their ACTING and looks. That's literally their fucking job. Why do you want to compare them to average ppl on the streets.... Omg what a dumb logic. Delusional AND dumb, I pity shen yue for having fans like these.

    Reminder that Liu Yifei and Dilireba are wayyyyy bigger than shen yue and they constantly receive flak for their acting but you don't see their fans foaming at the mouth lashing out to everybody like you clowns. We fans know it's true so what can we do?? Just accept it and hope our fav actress improve.

    Objectively, I agree Zhao Li Ying doesn't have the height nor the body but her face is cute as a button and certainly more beautiful than shen yue. While ZLY has a next door girl look like SY, you can't see ZLY kind of face on the street easily. Unlike the other person. She's above average in acting too, even during her early days as an actor. ZLY has onscreen charisma. Her acting while not Oscar level, is still exceedingly good. She knows to pick good projects that suit her acting level too so people don't get annoyed at her.

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    1. “Lmao imagine thinking Shen yue acting is at the SAME level as Zhao Li Ying. I have to laugh. Thanks for the joke.”

      You should watch ZLY early debut too, and compare it with Shen Yue. Link is here:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BTXAiiL1q8&t=510s
      Let us know what you think about it, is the problem ZLY acting or her face?
      Like you said, I think ZLY acting in the past was good. (Now is still the same and no difference). The only problem with her in the past is, her face. I wouldn’t say her acting was bad, but she was just not pretty at that time yet. I believe most people would actually say she wasn’t good at acting back then all because she was new and it was her first time, and I totally disagree. Her acting past then and right now are still the same. I think her acting was watchable enough at that time, but she just didn’t look great (yet). Ever since her face started looking like YM, she finally get noticed. And her acting started to get more and more similar to YM’s style, that’s when people think her acting improved. If ZLY had not resemble YM, it will be hard to say if she will get famous.
      https://photobucket.com/gallery/user/diro-diro/media/bWVkaWFJZDoxMzAzODE0NjY=/?ref=


      That’s the same thing with Shen Yue, she is not the prettiest (like ZLY in the past). But both of their acting are only the same. Just because ZLY is in the industry longer doesn’t others cannot be her level. Pretend if they meet then of course a junior should show respect to a senior person, that is a different story. But if we are still talking about skills, there is no such thing as age discrimination. To think that somebody who joins in last cannot be as good or even better, that’s unfair and obvious jealousy.

      “You guys keep defending her acting as good and insulting people who disagree and it's honestly so embarrassing omg.”
      You are doing the same, defending your faves when they aren’t so great either. And about the insulting, nobody insulted you but lots of people here insulted Shen Yue. And, you are the one using offensive words. Funny to see you call others dumb.

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  12. I think She is doing good so far.It takes time for people to get used to seeing her onscreen.This role is so different from her previous roles.She is still so young in real life and her character is an adult struggling in career,life,love and friendship.In the drama you can really tell the comparison between the other girl.She portrayed the stubborn and carefree girl while her friend is known to be prim and proper.she needs time as well to improve her acting skills and i believed she is doing her best so far.A lot of people don't last in this industry where there is so much competition going on.

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  13. Don't worry Shen Yue! If delibra can win best actress anyone can! Shen yue acting was not that bad! Considering her character circumstances it wasnfitting that she didnt cry a river! People just being harsh!

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  14. It's good that Shen Yue isn't the prettiest because actors are really afraid of being really pretty these days.

    Dilireba and Gulinazha are not super good in acting but they still have some acting skills. Just because they are pretty face, people would bully them to the extent that they have 0 acting skill and only rely on their faces to eat. Liu yifei gets the same type of bully. Whoever gets entitle pretty face (even if they're actually not the prettiest) only get in trouble. And whoever is the prettiest but makes sure they're not entitled as the prettiest will get less trouble.

    When Xu Kai was in Yanxi palace, his acting was so good already but because he was new and has a beautiful face, lots of people also bully him all over that his acting was awkward and bad (so untrue) just because he is too pretty.

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  15. While I do like ALSB drama, I have to agree her acting skills is quite ehhh 🤷

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  16. I finally watched the scene everyone has been complaining about, and I didn’t find her acting wrong or out of place for the crying scene. I think it was appropriate. I just think the voice actor did her scene no justice, tbh. Anyways, people handle deaths differently. This is the type of crying the director wanted and so this is what SY delivered. If anything, it mainly falls on the director, not the actors. The director has the upper hand on how he wants a scene, so if you have a problem with the crying scene then bring it up to the director, not criticize SY for it. SY may not be the most “prettiest” or a “great” actor but I think she’s doing well. She has a lot of potential and room for improvement. There are so many pretty leading actresses that are still bad at acting, and they they’ve been in the industry for a long time too. I’ve seen a crap ton of good actors/actresses get hated on regardless if they’re just average looking but great acting or both good looking and great at acting. People just love to have a say about everything when they really don’t need to. If you think that your "opinion" will make any difference, it won't. People need to stop criticizing just to criticize but rather give constructive criticisms. This is why we can never have anything nice on this world. Too much negative criticisms results in actors suffering from stress and depression which may lead to suicide. People need to be careful with their choice of words. But really, y’all just haven’t watch enough dramas outside of C-dramas to know what’s considered bad acting. I’ve seen worse than what people are saying in regards to SY’s acting. All in all, acting and beauty is subjective. Now keep moving.

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  17. I think she's very charming and Her acting doesn't bother me period. Honestly I wouldn't even watch Another me without her

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