Taiwanese actor Darren Chen made his acting debut in 2016 as the second lead in the gender-swap drama Proud of Love. His next project wasn’t until a year later when he landed the role of Hua Zelei in the 2018 remake of Meteor Garden.
It’s definitely opened doors for him as he now stars in his first leading role in The Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty 成化十四年 which has him putting sleuthing skills to work as part of an investigative trio. Somehow, the theme seems popular lately with Hu Yitian’s My Roommate is a Detective also with a similar setup.
However, Darren Chen’s acting skills has been met with some criticism for being too childish. In an interview with Sina, he responds, “In my heart, Tang Fan is a character that’s very real who will convey all of his truest feelings.” Darren Chan also understands people’s perceptions of him. With regards to the differences in understanding between the viewer and actor on how the role should be, Darren says, “The drama’s script is quite subjective, I also like to hear praise and criticism, I can accept all of it, keep the good and change the bad.”
Darren’s honesty drew praise. In the past, he has said that he likes friends with different opinions because it means more choices. As such, he’ll be more accepting of other’s voices and think on their behalf. Darren’s role as Tang Fan is a sixth rank official who loves food and always needs money. It’s actually a cute quirk for the righteous detective but maybe it’s not for everyone. It’s only his first third acting role anyway, so I’d be interesting to see how he’ll improve as he gains more experience.