Zhao Liying

This is Zhao Liying, a lively and beautiful actress who gained tremendous popularity in 2015! Zhao Liying is often shipped with Chen Xiao, but in recent years, she had rumors with Zhang Han and William Chan as possible mates.

She is definitely a high rising star in the C-entertainment especially in the summer 2015 with the release of highly expected Hua Qian Gu. As a die hard fan of her, I am more than glad to cover her projects. I know she has a few attitude problems and I know for some people, these may be turnoff. However, for me, her acting prouesse and her great project choices are making her the best possible actress to be a fangirl for! For example, I love how hardworking she is when it comes to get into character. For instance, for both Hua Qian Gu and Cuo Dian Yuan Yang, she actually read the original books before playing the character. For me, the fact that she is careful to get into the character so as to not disappoint the original fans is a really important point.

Look at her getting all these trophies!


Here is a list of her projects and who were her male leads: So many dudes!

  • New Huang Zhu Ge Ge 新还珠格格 with Gao Ziqi 2011
  • Palace II 宫锁珠帘 with Chen Xiao 2012
  • Cuo Dian Yuan Yang 错点鸳鸯 with Qi Ji 2012
  • Legend of Lu Zhen 陆贞传奇 with Chen Xiao 2013
  • Mermaid Legend 追鱼传奇 with Kenny Kwan 2013
  • The Palace MOVIE 宫锁沉香 with Zhu Zi Xiao 2013
  • Wife’s Secret 妻子的秘密 with Hawick Lau 2014
  • Lucky Treasure 吉祥天宝 with Zhu Zixiao (unknown broadcast)
  • Boss&Me 杉杉来了 with Zhang Han 2014
  • Crazy New Year’s Eve 一路惊喜 with Jam Hsiao 2014
  • Hua Qian Gu 花千骨 with Wallace Huo 2015
  • Best Get Going 实习生 with Zheng Kai 2015
  • Legend of Zu Mountains 蜀山战纪之剑侠传奇 with William Chan (unknown broadcast)
  • Our Ten Years with Kimi Qiao 我们的十年 2015
  • Rise of a Tomboy 女汉子完美恋人 with Zhang Han (unknown broadcast)
  • Cameo in Yun ZhongGe and Return of the Condor Heroes

First, let’s have a quick look of all her most popular projects:

Here is a special collage of her as Qin Er in NHZGG:

Here, as Wuxin in legend of Zu:

Want more? Look below, there is more pictures:

Liying’s hard path to success:

If you are curious, there is a video of her made by her fans. I think it really shows her great acting and cute image side:

Red Carpet and Film Festivals:

In more modern outfits:

UPDATE: Modern #2

UPDATE : September 2015

October 2015:

November 2015

20 thoughts on “Zhao Liying

  1. coffeenlucia says:

    Hi! I am a super big fan of ZLY as well. I was just wondering, what did you mean by “I know she has a few attitude problems”?

    I looked on Baidu and it seems like some Chinese netizens have also been talking about how in the past ZLY had some issues, but my Chinese isn’t good enough to understand the whole context. What are the specific attitude problems ZLY used to have?

    thank you so much!!


    • archidisign says:

      Hehe, just keep in mind that a lot of these small issues are exagerated by haters and ZLY is a super duper talented actress! So, yeah, she did have a few issues (I think it is because some people don’t like to see her act with so many male celebrities and is getting better ratings than their own bias). Anyway, I can name a few:
      -She is not very good on variety show and is really awkward. People tend to hate her for that. For example, she sometimes speak out of her mind. On an interview with Zheng Kai, she said that she doesn’t like Variety show because it is also scripted and she feels she is more natural when acting. Netizens thought she was untactful since ZK is obviously a main cast on Run brother.
      -People are mad that Chen Xiao said he loved her so many times, but she never accepted his feelings (kind of a media play from both sides I think)
      -Her biggest ‘scandal’ was with Yang Mi. Apparently, when they were filming Gong II (both appeared in the drama), people took ZLY’s picture and said it was Yang Mi. On weibo, ZLY replied that fans should know how their idols look like. Then the YM fans says, well you are in now way better than Yang Mi. Then, ZLY replied: ‘Of course, my face didn’t go through plastic surgery’. Anyway, all of this is in the past now (I hope) since now, both ZLY and Yang Mi are following each other on weibo.
      Hope this short recap of the situation helps! 😛

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      • Tammy says:

        Oooo, Thanks for that clarification! I find Li Ying awkward on variety shows too. If I were an Asian celeb, I wouldn’t agree more. Those shows are all scripted. I guess if you go on those shows, things should be more natural and real. I don’t like the idea of scripted variety shows either.
        I think she’s just more honest when answering questions and some people can’t take REALNESS.

        She does remind me of Yang Mi but in my opinion, she is younger and prettier than YM. As for the weibo comment about her saying she didn’t go through plastic surgery.. Was that her intentionally dissing YM? If so, that was harsh. (I might be reading it wrong)

        I can understand that sometimes when a star rises to stardom so quickly, there are bound to be haters. As long as she remains a talented actress, people shouldn’t care about small little details about her so much. She is human after all.


      • archidisign says:

        I feel like, even if their face does have similarities, they are really different when it comes to personalities, friends and even projects. So, I would also feel frustrated if fans made comparisons like this all the time. However, yes, ZLY did reply this at the time and imply I believe that Yang Mi got tons of plastic surgery. This diss was indeed harsh and I cannot argue against it. I guess she was a young actress and didn’t know how to speak well? ZLY does have a few haters but I feel like at the end of the day, her talent won more fans than haters so it is all good ^^


      • shaysonic says:

        Sorry if I’m replying to a comment from last year, but I thought I should add a few things. First off, most “posts” that ZLY had supposedly written about Yang Mi were photoshopped by haters. The only ones that I believed were legit were when she was said that fans should know what their idol look like, followed by another post clarifying her point which was not meant to diss YM. Aside from the fact that they followed each other on Weibo, ZLY actually has big respect for YM as a person. She considers her as a senior and rejects any comments saying that she is on YM’s level or has surpassed her level. She admitted in an interview that she loves YM’s personality and that she used to watch her during talk shows. It’s a shame that haters used this opportunity to garner both ZLY and YM more hate and create unneeded fanwars.
        I admit that ZLY has a few problems as a celebrity such as knowing how to keep a good image and knowing what to say, but I think she is learning from her mistakes and improving. So yeah 🙂

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      • archidisign says:

        Haha, no problem! 😉 I agree with you and thanks for clarifying. Seriously, this incident date from like 2012-2013, so I can’t believe people are still bringing this up three four years after, just because they can’t find any other dirt on our girl v_v Zhao Liying said long ago that she is so sorry and that was an immature respond when she didn’t know better. Yang Mi is a great person, but so is Liying. And she is definitely improving talking wise now 😉 Just a last note, but I am happy she is finally getting less hate this days and mostly getting positive articles.

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      • Thank you (and the comments below) for this. I’m a fan of both (well, I love ZLY more as an actress & YM more as a person), so this cleared up a lot of rumors that I had been wondering for a while, which got me a bit worried. Glad there are no problems between the two, but it would be nice if they could collab sometime in the future hehe. And I agree that ZLY used to be rather awkward in interviews and dealing with the media, but I am happy that she has received some decent PR/media training and improved.


  2. natalie says:

    Also in Happy Camp there were a lot of comments from netizens about her being horrible to her co-star- LY was performing a magic trick (poured water in a cup but the cup was empty) and her co star wanted to have a look at the cup but LY refused and passed it to one of the presenters. From what I saw she was only being playful or didn’t want her co-star to find out the trick or something but people saw it as a sign of being rude.


    • intellectualkitten says:

      x) ahhh…. Cnetizens been cnetizens. But I wouldnt worry too much about it. Victoria (f(x)) keeps getting hates about her supposedly bad temper, but everyone still support her for each new project!


    • archidisign says:

      I saw that episode too! Can’t believe people are just focused on the small negative details like this instead of the positive points. For instance, on that episode, it showed that Liying was a close friend with Li Sheng (they both played in New Huan Zhu Ge Ge). Still, media keeps saying that Liying has no close celebrity friends 😦


  3. Hi. I just found your blog. I discover the drama The Female Prime Minister in accident and seen Zhao Liying acting and I love the drama and her and from then on I’ve been her fans. I just finished The Journey of Flower and will be waiting for The Legend of Zhou to be sub. Thanks for featuring her in your blog.


    • intellectualkitten says:

      Hey :)) Hehe, that is a really fortunate accident 8D I remember watching Legend of Condor Heroes in 2009, it was the first drama that won me over to the C-Industry world ^^. Your comment is so sweet, and don’t worry, as long as Archidisign keeps writing for this blog, there will always be a lot of Zhao Liying posts ^^


  4. Justiffa says:

    I’m so glad i stumbled onto ur blog as i was combing the net for updates on ZLY… after Boss & Me i just can’t seem to get enough of her lol. She’s just sooo adorable… and she has this incredible chemistry with almost all of her male leads. Love ur write-ups & stills, will certainly be back here often 😀


    • Haha. If you are looking for Zhao Liying news, you are at the right place 8D I am a huge Liying fan and every time she has something great coming out, I have to write about it 😛
      Haha, I know! I have been her fan for about four years and the love is still VERY strong. >< Believe me, check more of her projects and you fall even more in love with her! Yes, her Chemistry power is amazing.
      Thanks for the kind words 😉


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