River Flows to You starring Ma Tianyu and Zheng Shuang has taken over the time slot for the family drama Growing Pain which ended on Hunan TV with CSM55 ratings over 1%. The youth romance will have big shoes to fill, and while its premiere drew in ratings over 1%, it also came with negative comments concerning differences between drama and the novel by Guo Jingming. Zheng Shuang and Ma Tianyu’s acting and the choice for both leads to do the voice dubbing for their own characters also came into question for not being very good. I’ve seen parts of the first episode and I can attest to the unclear pronunciation of dialogues compared to other dramas, but I feel that it simply has more Erhuayin (rhotic accent) and was generally understandable.
Even before the premiere, Zheng Shuang who has previously been bashed for bad acting skills actually took to social media to express her thoughts about the drama.
The post is translated below:
“Yi Yao was a role I took during a time when I was feeling down.
People might bash me, but I would want to say thank you.
No matter what, you still watched the drama. You may criticize me or hate me, but still, thank you, for constantly giving criticisms for me to improve.
When I was younger, I’d feel bad when the audience commented negatively about my performance, but now, I’ve come to accept. I don’t compare with others anymore. I’m satisfied with just living my life.
Looking back at this project, I’m wondering whether Yi Yao will also help you remember the imperfect and stubborn part of you.
She brings every young girl with her and together, they work towards their own dreams.
Thank you for all those who put their effort in this drama. The producers, directors, and most specially, Tianyu.
Maybe it’s not because the role isn’t appealing, but it was because of me that the role became unappealing.
I couldn’t cry when I needed to. I couldn’t laugh naturally when I had to.
Whatever happens, there are still a lot of people supporting me and I want to give a big thank you to you guys for that. I have such excellent fans yet I still couldn’t be the best version of myself.”