–“I want you to divorce me, and then I can sit on a fortune and concentrate on acting. From then on I can realize my goal of being a bitter woman who no longer believes in love, is heartless, and only talks about money, but never talks about love. I’ll just sit on my huge fortune and spend the rest of my life peacefully.”
“I just want you.” Xu Xinyi hugged him and said, “Yi Yang, I can lose everything, but I can’t lose you.”
Yi Yang desperately endured and restrained himself, he endured and endured again, trying not to let the all dirty words in his heart come out of his mouth.
“Of course, I’m not really interested in acting. I don’t want to take part in those film festivals or anything. I don’t even want to touch awards. It’s all just some false praise. I’m just hanging out in the entertainment industry to pass the time.”
–“I want to at least win a Grand Slam* like Han Xiao.”
–“I hope God will lift the curtain covering judges’ eyes at this year’s film festival so that they can see how great my acting is clearly!”
Yi Yang took a deep breath and told himself not to be angry. Only he would suffer if he let himself get angry.
“Then since you are struggling in the entertainment industry why don’t you just quit? You can stay home and have a baby for me, take care of grandpa, and show your filial piety mom, how does that sound?”
Xu Xinyi’s expression froze.
–“This dog man really has great dreams. I think it’s beautiful.”
–“Isn’t it enough to take care of grandpa and show filial piety to your mother? But you want me to give you a baby too?”
“..that sounds good!”
Various materials had been sorted out into documents and sent to Yi Yang’s desk.
“President Yi, I investigated this matter. Please have a look.”
Yi Yang took the report from Zhao Bin. It was a clear investigation into Xu Weiyin’s recent activities.
He read through it carefully from top to bottom.
When he saw the last paragraph, he raised his eyebrows and asked, “Jiang Huai?”
“Yes, in fact, it’s not just Mr. Jiang. During the investigation, I found that Miss Xu Weiyin was also in contact with several other men, but Miss Xu got her recent resources from Mr. Jiang.”
Yi Yang looked at the list of names behind Jiang Huai.
Zhao Bin thought for a moment and said hesitantly, “Also, there is one other thing.”
“Miss Xu Weiyin came to the company two days ago and asked to meet you…”
Yi Yang’s eyebrows furrowed slightly. “If she comes over again just tell her I’m not free.”
He put down the document and said, “Contact Director Xu and ask him if he has any good productions in the works. The lead role should give priority to Xu Xinyi.”
“In addition, go to the editor-in-chief of “BW magazine” in my name. Let Xu Xinyi collect some money by being on the cover of the next issue of the magazine.”
Let her collect some money?
That was easy to say.
But “BW magazine” was one of the top magazines in China, how many stars wouldn’t be able to get on the cover even if they chopped their heads off?
Of course, Zhao Bin did not dare to say this in front of Yi Yang.
He still needed to eat.
“Alright. President Yi, is there anything else you need?”
Yi Yang thought for a moment and said, “Get me a copy of the information on all the brands our company is cooperating with.”
“President Yi, do you want me to let Miss Xu know about this?”
Yi Yang said, “No need. I don’t care.”
Would he care about Xu Xinyi’s thanks?
He would be grateful so long as she didn’t stir up trouble in front of him.
But then again, if Xu Xinyi knew that he had helped, he wondered how she would thank him.
“Alright, I’ll handle it right away.”
Yi Yang took some time to browse Weibo and he found that Xu Weiyin’s name was high on the hot search.
The news of Xu Weiyin’s comeback had instantly ignited the entertainment circle.
The two talk shows she had gone on had moved many fans to tears and now with the extensive promotion and dissemination of Xu Weiyin’s name by entertainment newspapers and marketing accounts made Xu Weiyin first on the Weibo hot search.
Xu Weiyin: I’m back.
“Back at last! The seven year fans have tears streaming down their face!”
“I had been waiting and waiting for you [heart]**.”
“Looking at the picture, at first I thought it was Xu Xinyi.”
“With the popularization of science a clone was created and Xu Xinyi made her debut under the name ‘Little’ Xu Weiyin. But in front of the real Xu Weiyin, Xu Xinyi is nothing. Please let her fly to the moon and touch porcelain***.”
“Two tigers can’t share one mountain. I am more optimistic about Xu Xinyi. Xu Weiyin has been gone for so many years, can she still adapt to the entertainment industry today?”
“Excuse me, I’m Xu Weiyin, the spokesman for X-brand cosmetics! Everybody go and buy it!”
“Weiyin is a fraud! (Crashing sound!) As soon as she got back, she snatched the endorsement of X-brand cosmetics! “
“What is a little endorsement? Weiyin and Xie Chi are going to be on the cover of Fashion Weekly next week. Everyone is going to open their wallets!”
“I have news that Weiyin is already in contact with the first TV series she plans to shoot during her comeback! Weiyin go for it!”
The hot search was pushed to the top, and Han Xiao also happened to see it.
Luo Jie was watching the show on the side and eating an apple. “Han Xiao, is there any feud between Xu Weiyin and Xu Xinyi? Look at this, as soon as she came back, she instantly robbed all of the resources in Xu Xinyi’s hands. “
Han Xiao’s eyes brushed over Xu Weiyin’s news and he slightly frowned.
“She robbed it all?”
“That’s right. Xu Xinyi was replaced by Fashion Weekly next week. I heard that all the scripts Xu Xinyi was in talks with have changed their target to Xu Weiyin and that even a brand that Xu Xinyi had endorsed for three years suddenly changed their official spokesperson to Xu Weiyin.” Luo Jie concluded thoughtfully: “That woman is not simple.”
Han Xiao thought about it. “The editor-in-chief of “BW magazine” will contact me for an exclusive interview next week. See if we can bring Xu Xinyi along.”
Luo Jie was so frightened that the apple fell out of his hands.
“Han Xiao, you want to bring her? You’re not thinking about her, are you?”
Han Xiao asked, “You can’t do it?”
“You… whatever, I can do it.” Luo Jie said, “I finally figured out what to name my child with Anya yesterday, so today I can help you think of a name for the child between you and Xu Xinyi.”
Xu Weiyin’s reign over the hot search lasted for two days, earning a lot of heat and many curious eyes.
Xu Xinyi had actually been expecting Xu Weiyin to make a comeback since a long time ago. She knew the battle between them would certainly not be low key. Ever since she had made her debut and been nicknamed “Little Xu Weiyin” she had always known she would be caught up in news about Xu Weiyin and she predicted that in the future she would be pulled out and compared to Xu Weiyin from time to time and used as a stone for the other star to step on. But she didn’t expect that Xu Weiyin would be so ‘good’ to her so quickly.
Many stars in the entertainment industry who were hostile to Xu Xinyi were waiting to see her become a joke.
But unfortunately, Xu Xinyi didn’t let them see any jokes.
Xu Xinyi, who was on the minds of many people, was scratching her ear while answering a phone call from Director Xu at the moment.
“Director Xu, what can I do for you? How is the progress of “The Way of the Phoenix”? “
Director Xu spoke with a smile: “It’s fine, there has been some trouble in the post-production stage but nothing big. I’m calling you this time because I have a screenplay and I am still looking for a heroine. Do you want to change from doing TV dramas to a movie?”
“A screenplay?” Xu Xinyi found this a little hard to believe, “Director Xu, are you sure you want me for the screenplay? I have a lot of black fans right now.”
Director Xu said with a smile, “Why wouldn’t I want you? The two of us have worked together on two dramas now. I know your skills very well. Unlike on TV, in the film market it’s always quality first. And this will be the first film I direct so I’m excited. However, there are risks in transitioning from TV dramas to movies… but let’s not talk about each other’s problems. Anyway, I’ll send you the script and you think about it after you read it and then give me an answer, okay?”
“OK, no problem.”
After hanging up the phone, Xu Xinyi was a little elated.
She had been in the circle for several years but only after she played the heroine for the first time during “The Way of the Phoenix” has she had the resources for a movie fall into her lap like this.
The sudden leap in quality was really too great.
As soon as she hung up the phone, Anya walked in from outside with a mysterious smile on her face.
“Xinyi, guess what good news I have brought you?”
As soon as Xu Xinyi heard her tone, she knew it was good news. She guessed boldly and asked carefully, “Did you find some resources for me?”
“Clever!” Anya handed her a printed email. “It’s from the editor-in-chief of ‘BW magazine’, saying he wants to invite you to participate in next week’s exclusive interview.”
“‘BW magazine’? Why me?”
“Han Xiao will also be interviewed with you, so why do you think it is?”
Xu Xinyi was in a daze. “BW” magazine was not comparable with those small first-and second-rate domestic magazines. Fashion Weekly, which she and Xie Chi were going to shoot together next week, was like a younger brother in front of “BW” magazine. It really could not be compared with “BW” at all.
It seemed someone must be secretly helping her.
Xu Xinyi knew who it was in her heart so she sent a message to Han Xiao on Wechat.
“Thank you very much.”
Han Xiao replied to her briefly: “You’re welcome.”
“Come on, tell me, how did you capture Han Xiao’s heart?”
Xu Xinyi thought about it carefully. “He probably thinks I have a good character and excellent acting skills, so he lent me a hand.”
“You really know how to flatter yourself.”
Looking at the WeChat reply, Xu Xinyi sighed in her heart. Such a good man like Han Xiao was a gay, so she could only look from afar. It was just too wasteful.
“One more thing,” Anya smiled and shook a document in her hand. “You might as well guess.”
“Is it news regarding the endorsement spokesperson?”
“Indeed, just as you foretold, you have been deemed worthy.” Anya had gotten rid of her suffocation and gloom from two days ago, so she even spoke jokingly now. She put the document down in front of Xu Xinyi with high spirits and said with a smile: “These three brands have all contacted me and want to ask you to be their spokesperson for their new products that are coming out next quarter.”
Xu Xinyi looked at the brand list carefully.
There was a chocolate brand, a mobile phone brand, and a skin care product brand, the prices offered were not cheap.
These brands were not at the international level yet, but they were a little higher in quality than the brand that had kicked out Xu Xinyi and replaced her with Xu Weiyin. It didn’t seem likely to be a coincidence that they were all finding her at this time.
“Did you ask them why they wanted me?”
“Yes, they all gave the official replies saying that your image is in line with their companies. But I think you must have had the help of some bigshot this time.”
“Hmm, some bigshot? For instance, wouldn’t Director Xu and Han Xiao count?”
“Alright, cut the crap. I know you’re busy right now. Go. Get back to work.”
Anya pretended to complain, “Do you know I haven’t been hanging out with my boyfriends for the last few days thanks to you?”
“When this is over, I’ll invite you and your boyfriends to go abroad for a holiday, alright?”
“If you have a conscience, you’ll remember you said that.”
In high spirits, Xu Xinyi and Anya went around fulfilling their obligations, signing contracts for shooting the magazine, and then the endorsements one by one. After the dust settled, Xu Xinyi was so unbelievably happy she even found Yi Yang pleasing to the eye.
“Husband, I’m back.”
Yi Yang raised his eyebrows. He was holding a “BW” magazine in his hand.
“You came back late today.”
“There were some delays with work, but it was worth it. Husband, why are you back so early today?”
“I came back because there was nothing to do at the company.”
“But haven’t you been very busy lately?”
Yi Yang avoided that question and asked in return, “What happened to you? Why don’t you tell me about it?”
Xu Xinyi thought, “In fact, it isn’t much. I just have to shoot a magazine next week, shoot a few endorsements, and then get in touch with a new screenplay. I may not have as much time to accompany you anymore.”
Yi Yang raised his eyebrows and hid a smile that was teasing at the corner of his mouth. “You are very powerful.”
“You don’t know, it’s actually thanks to Han Xiao and Director Xu, otherwise I would be in big trouble.” Xu Xinyi thought for a moment and added, “But it’s also because I am very powerful.”
Yi Yang’s smile gradually faded, “Han Xiao? Director Xu?”
“Yes, Han Xiao is the guest for the next issue of “BW”. He asked the magazine to bring me in. And Director Xu saw my potential and introduced me to his screenplay. All my difficulties were easily solved. I don’t know how to thank them!”
Yi Yang’s grip on the magazine gradually tightened.
Did he care?
He didn’t care at all.
He had given Xu Xinyi those resources in order to make her stop jumping around in front of him and regain some peace and quiet for a while, not for her thanks.
Xu Xinyi mused, “I have to thank those two when I get a chance. Next month seems to be Han Xiao’s birthday. I’ll prepare a present. As for Director Xu… I heard that he likes Master Chen Xueting’s calligraphy and painting. I remember I got one of his paintings at a charity dinner before, so I can give it to Director Xu some other day. “
The gloom on Yi Yang’s face worsened and the magazine was slowly being shredded in his grip.
It was me!
I was the one who helped you!
Xu! Xin! Yi!
*I’ll be honest this ‘满贯’ (Grand Slam) has been mentioned a few times before and I’ve always edited it out since it’s apparently, like, this highest film award in this story’s universe? But I always thought it sounded stupid and thought it must have been mistranslated by the MTL somehow. But since it was referenced so directly this time I looked it up and found out that “Grand Slam” is apparently A Thing in Chinese, it’s a catchall term derived from bridge terminology that is now used more widely in sports (and apparently acting in this setting?). So anyway I’ll leave it in from now on. Just keep in mind that “Grand Slam” is some highest acting award and that Hax Xiao has won at least one.
**‘比心’ is apparently slang that is supposed to denote making a heart with your thumbs and index fingers like you see all over the place in Asian media
***’touching porcelain’ is apparently slang for extortion basically. Like if you lay down in front of a car that’s stopped at a light and say it hit you people might say that you are ‘touching porcelain’. So I think the netizen here is cursing Xu Xinyi to get scammed? Sorry, web slang is really hard for me to translate properly…