Eating and drinking scenes are pretty standard (although overlooked) on films and television, which begs the question: do actors really drink or eat when in character? Put yourself in their shoes, if you had to eat ice cream for a scene, pretty sure you’ll be thinking “I love this job” and happily eating that cone. But after 30 takes, it won’t be so fun. Most actors have learned to pace themselves, whilst some have a bucket on standby. But some just go all out!
Speaking of ….in a recent interview, Joy of Life actress Li Qin (aka Chicken Leg Girl) revealed just how much chicken she ate for those scenes and the answer is unsurprisingly, ALOT.
“I really ate so much chicken legs to the point of throwing it all up. All I ate for those scenes were chicken legs, ONLY chicken legs! I mean, everyone loves them right and they’d usually say “oh the drumsticks are so nicely fragrant!” Well, I’ll apologise right now to everyone trying to lose some weight because those of you watching the drama must’ve had a huge hankering for some chicken leg upon seeing it on screen.”
Oh boy imagine craving for some nice juicy drumsticks in the middle of the night – all I can say is thank goodness for delivery, but most definitely, your diet certainly won’t be thanking you. Gotta hand it to Li Qin though, because instead of pretend eating or eating low carb “fakes” to maintain her physique, she went for it! The things we do for our job eh?
Co-star Zhang Ruoyun too had his own share of making himself a wee bit ill after drinking himself under the table for a dramatic scene in the series. To prepare for his drunken scene that will go down as one of the high points of the story, the actor reveals that he started drinking by 8 in the morning, for a scene that took three days to shoot! And the clincher? On the first day alone, Zhang Ruoyun had to take more than 300 shots! Ugh, imagine how much he must’ve drank for those three days, that’s definitely one HUGE hangover for him.
To film that scene, the actor said that he was tipsy for one and a half days out of the three! It’s not such a big leap to surmise that the actor is a fan of method acting – “ if you’ve had a few to drink, you can certainly pretend to be very drunk, but if you don’t touch a drop of alcohol, pretending to be inebriated will come out quite fake in the camera.”