“To be honest, I have never felt so nervous when facing the camera. After all, this was the first time I played a leading role,” Hu Xianxu told Jiemian news.
The 20-year-old is talking about his performance in the online series Hikaru No Go, which ended on Nov 27. It achieved a score of 8.4 out of 10 on Douban.
The series is a live-action adaptation of a classic 1990s Japanese comic. Hu plays a Chinese boy named Shi Guang who discovers a Go board in which the spirit of an ancient master player named Chu Ying is imprisoned. Influenced by Chu, the boy gradually finds his passion and dedicates himself to becoming a master player.
Hu and the character share a similar experience, though their fields are different. The young actor is now a senior at the Central Academy of Drama.
“I liked acting at first because it made me get out of classes in school. I found my passion as an actor at 12 when I played a young boy Lan Yu in the film Song of the Phoenix,” he told Nandu Entertainment. The film’s director taught Hu to realize the meaning of being an actor.
Hu won the chance to play the protagonist of Hikaru No Go after an eight-year acting endeavor. “It’s challenging to portray the subtle emotional changes of Shi Guang because I didn’t have any experience of it,” Hu told Tencent Entertainment. He tried to understand the psychological activities by learning to play Go.
Hu has been motivated by the unyielding spirit of Shi Guang. “I hope I can possess such a personality like him to pursue my acting career in the future,” he said.