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Jiro Wang and Joe Cheng are Love Rivals in New Idol Drama

It has been ten years since Joe Cheng (鄭元暢) and Jiro Wang (汪東城) collaborated in the popular Taiwanese idol drama “It Started with a Kiss” <惡作劇之吻>. The duo are back as co-stars in Mainland idol drama, Together Because We’re Single <只因單身在一起>. On top of its extraordinary production budget of 1 billion RMB, the drama is also unique in that it will be filmed with reality TV program practices, with the progression of its storyline determined by audience votes.

Both Joe and Jiro portray love rivals, fighting for the affections of Xu Lu (徐璐). Viewers may find Xu Lu familiar as she played the role of Lady Zhen Huan’s little sister in popular period drama The Legend of Zhen Huan <後宮甄嬛傳>. In the new drama, Joe, Jiro and Xu Lu live in a condominium where its residents are forbidden from falling in love, and anyone who violates the rule would be evicted from their apartment. Against all odds, Joe and Xu Lu fall in love with each other and begin an underground relationship. Thrown into the mix is Jiro who plays Xu Lu’s childhood sweetheart, thus starting an unfortunate love triangle.

At the mention of being Jiro’s love rival, Joe joked, “Love rival? I never saw myself as needing to compete with Jiro. After all, in It Started With a Kiss, Jiro was the one who had a unrequited crush on my girlfriend, whereas my girlfriend’s affections for me never wavered!”

The romantic scenes between Joe and Xu Lu will be a significant feature of the drama, particularly as Xu Lu will giving away her first onscreen kiss to Joe. Joe candidly said, “I have plenty of experience in that department, so don’t worry, [Xu Lu] I can guide you! All you need to do is let yourself go and fall for me!”

In response, Xu Lu admitted that she found the experience extremely nerve-wrecking, as she grew up watching Joe’s dramas and being able to act next to him felt surreal. In fact, when they first met, Xu Lu was unable to look Joe in the eye for more than three seconds!


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