With the Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 倚天屠龙记 remake airing now, it’s no surprise that Yukee Chen Yuqi (Ashes of Love) who plays Zhao Min in the series is getting attention. In a recent interview, she opens up about how she prepared for the role of one of the most popular wuxia heroines in the Condor Heroes trilogy.
Yukee Chen shares that as part of her routine, she studied different versions of Zhao Min from other adaptations and would compare them to her character in the script. She says that before she took the role, Yukee thought of Zhao Min as a quirky character. She only realized when she signed on to play the high spirited Zhao Min that it was a difficult role and the pressure became all too real.
Yukee Chen also says that she didn’t have that many fight scenes. Zhao Min was a leader who had capable men that were well-versed in martial arts doing her bidding. Despite this, Yukee had martial arts training for a month as an added skillset. She had to train with martial arts instructors from 8 am to 5 pm daily and had to practice constantly. Since she came in a month early, all the martial arts instructors focused on her as there were no other actors present at the time. Because of this, Yukee jokingly says that she’s now a martial arts expert.
Yukee later reveals what was going on behind the scenes in the iconic scene where Zhang Wuji, played by Joseph Zheng, had to tickle Zhao Min’s foot. Yukee, who naturally does not get ticklish said that she had to had to act like she was laughing despite feeling pain from keeping her leg raised. She had to practice laughing until her throat became dry so she had to gulp down water before filming again.
Ultimately, Yukee’s version will go down in history as one of the long line of actresses who have portrayed the character. Hopefully, her hard work and dedication shines through as she puts her own spin to it with her cute and down-to-earth personality.