On September 25, Lin Gengxin uploaded a few photos of Mark Chao in awkward poses captioned, “Dancing King of the Heavenly Tribe, Happy Birthday. ” For those who don’t know, this is just the latest in the public displays of affection between the two. After all, Lin Gengxin is the ‘third wheel’ in Mark Chao’s marriage to Gao Yuan Yuan.
I really only found out about it early this year when Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms was all the rage and Journey to the West 2 was promoted as part of the Lunar New Year lineup. Imagine my delight when I caught an episode of Happy Camp and saw that Lin Gengxin chose to call Mark Chao during a phone a friend segment.
All the participants had to text a celebrity friend using a stipulated scenario, and the first to get a call back wins (watch here). After whining that Mark Chao usually takes three days to even respond, Lin Gengxin was pleasantly surprised to receive a call, and hilariously made up a story about missing one shoe in the middle of nowhere. Apparently, Mark Chao was genuine concerned that he later texted Lin Gengxin about sending him a pair of shoes. Spoiler alert: Lin Gengxin won that challenge since Mark was the first to call back.
This year has been absolutely fantastic for the two friends with Mark Chao gaining fame due to Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms and Lin Gengxin following suit with Princess Agents. The picture above was shared by Mark Chao when he greeted Lin Gengxin on his birthday last February because these two are just that blatantly affectionate.
The thing is even before Yang Mi and Mark Chao and the subsequent Zhao Li Ying and Lin Gengxin couple pairings, there was Mark Chao and Lin Gengxin who have already starred in two movies together.
They were in the 2013 Tsui Hark movie Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, which is gearing up for a threequel in 2018 also starring Feng Shaofeng and Sandra Ma.
They were also in the 2014 movie sequel to the Black and White franchise which starred most of the original cast (except Vic Chou). While promotions were ongoing, there seemed to be an effort to skirt around Mark Chao working with his ex-girlfriend Janine Chang who was also in the movie. Instead of focusing on them, Lin Gengxin was shoved into the spotlight to play up the bromance and it looks like he was more than happy to oblige.
Mark Chao’s wife Gao Yuan Yuan can be seen occasionally poking fun at the relationship as she tagged Lin Gengxin on one occasion and asked him what he thought of their take on the Black and White poster where she effectively takes his place.
It doesn’t end there as the the pair’s long-running friendship can be seen by fans through frequent weibo interactions. One of the earliest post from Lin Gengxin to Mark Chao was back in April 2013 when he was helping to promote Mark Chao’s movie So Young.
At other times, he would just write something completely random where he said, “Zhao Mark ate the spicy jerky that i gave, and he asked me if it was made of plastic hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhhahahahhah.”
They get together for food.
They met each other on the deserts of Dunhuang even though they weren’t working on the same project.
They walked along the Great Wall of China with Gao Yuan Yuan, even though Lin Gengxin stands in the way of husband and wife.
They also take wacky selfies together, which according to Lin Gengxin reminds him of another photo above. When Lin Gengxin accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge some years ago, he nominated Mark Chao (no surprise there), Angelababy, Tong Liya, etc.
Most of the time, it’s actually Lin Gengxin doing all the posting on social media, which is understandable because Mark Chao can’t be too obvious when he’s happily married 😅. At least Lin Gengxin has Yueqi.