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The pressures of playing the number one classical Chinese beauty Xi Shi

Published on Nov 27, 2012 2:26 PM
Actress Wu Jingjing was worried that she wouldn't act well enough or audiences might think she wasn't beautiful enough. -- PHOTO: SINGTEL MIO TV

China's Wu Jingjing might portray the titular beauty in the period drama series The Legend Of Xishi, but offscreen, the actress is more likely to be wearing baggy and comfortable clothes without a trace of make-up on her face.

Even so, she was recognised once on the street and asked if she was the small-screen Xi Shi. Wu's response was to deny the fact and flee the scene.

Speaking over the telephone from Beijing, the 21-year-old tells Life!: "Since then, I've come round to the idea that I should be more feminine and put on some make-up when I venture out."

The series is currently being shown on weeknights at 7pm on mio TV's Jia Le channel.

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