ittle bit of embarrassment.

“My apologies, I opened the wrong door just now.
Please apologize for me.”

The head waiter looked at him strangely as he returned to the restaurant.

Didn’t he come out for a smoke?”

Just then, Gu Qingchi finished changing his clothes.
He opened the door and came out.

The head waiter was not surprised.
This wasn't the first time Gu Qingchi had fallen asleep in the changing room.
He often went to sleep there without even eating dinner.
Xie Luyu probably ran into him just now.

“Fell asleep in there again? Wait a minute, I'll get you some food to take back home.
There's no place to eat anyway since it's already midnight.”

Gu Qingchi didn't decline.

“Okay, give me a bottle of wine too, deduct the money from my salary.”

The food in the restaurant could not be kept overnight.
If there was leftover food, the staff was allowed to take some back for free, but the wine would have to be paid for.

The head waiter patted him on the shoulder.

“You wish.
I'll give you what I can find.
You can forget about the wine.
It's the middle of the night.
It's not good for your stomach.”

After that, he went to the back kitchen.

Gu Qingchi waited for him at the door of the changing room, looking out the window.
There was an advertisement playing on the wall of the opposite building.

Xie Luyu was the spokesperson for an international clothing brand, taking the high-end route.

This brand was very picky, and it had never appointed a spokesperson in China.
A few days ago, the brand signed a three-year contract with Xie Luyu.
The news had even trended on Weibo for several days.

These days, the people around him have been discussing this matter, so even Gu Qingchi, who doesn't pay much attention to these things, knows about it.

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It's no wonder that the 27-year-old movie emperor is in high demand.

Not just anyone can be called “movie emperor”.
Only the winner of the Golden Globe Award 1 was qualified to be called the “movie emperor”.

Xie Luyu just won the Golden Globe Award this year, and his popularity and status had risen accordingly.
So, it's no wonder that those high-end brands were now chasing after him.

This world was similar to but different from the world where Gu Qingchi lived.
Its film and television industry were unprecedentedly developed, and the entertainment industry was thriving.

While the industry was moving forward, there was a set of international standards for the evaluation of actors and film and television works, which was very authoritative.
The evaluation of actors and their works was separate.

The most outstanding actor would be awarded the Golden Globe.

Although the name was rather cheesy, the monetary value wasn't something to sneeze at.
The conditions for winning the Golden Globe were incredibly harsh.
After all, there were outstanding works in film and television available every year, but there wouldn't necessarily be an outstanding actor.

Only those with a certain number of outstanding works were eligible to compete for the Golden Globe.
It was awarded once every three years.
The award was typically won by veteran actors who accumulated plenty of qualifications for some time.
There were only three winners from China for so many years.
The youngest winner had been 37 years old.

Xie Luyu was indeed a genius when it came to acting.


Xie Luyu’s heart was pounding, and his mind was full of the image he had seen just now.
It was obvious that the other person didn’t expose much, but the impact was too great.
It was as if he was a snot-nosed brat meeting a pretty girl for the first time.
He was a little at a loss.

He sniffed the remaining smell of the cigarette between his fingers before he was finally able to calm himself down.

Director Chen turned his head and saw Xie Luyu.
The project that he had been preparing for a long time had finally started, and so he drank a little too much.

He happily greeted Xie Luyu.

“Come, come, have a couple of drinks with me.”

The screenwriters sitting near Director Chen laughed and made room for Xie Luyu.

Xie Luyu sat next to him.

“Are you still drinking? If you keep this up, sister-in-law will scold me again.”

Xie Luyu met Director Chen when he first debuted.
At that time, Xie Luyu was still a bad-tempered, frivolous young man who knew nothing but acting.
It could be said that Director Chen taught him everything he needed to know about the industry.

He was not just a mentor, but also a friend, and they spoke casually to each other.

Director Chen patted his thigh.

“Hey, aren't you here with me? When I said I was going out with you, she had no objection.
Your sister-in-law only trusts you, it's really weird.”

“This is my personal charm.
You definitely wouldn't understand.”

Director Chen choked.

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“I don't know how you managed to get this far with that bad temper of yours.”

Xie Luyu wasn't fazed at all.

“It's just like what they say online, because of my face.
Didn't you pick me back then because of my looks?”

Director Chen looked at his face and really couldn't refute him.

“Do you have any idea how many people in the industry try to change their image so audiences won’t focus on only their looks? Look at you, you actually prefer it that way!”

“Who cares? I never intended to change in the first place.”

Director Chen thought so as well.
He seemed to be born for this industry.
Looking back, every role he played since he debuted was a classic.

Before he had the chance to reminisce with Xie Luyu about the old days, he heard Xie Luyu speak.

“I've always looked this good, all-natural, you know?”

Director Chen silently closed his mouth.
Xie Luyu was still the same old troublemaker.
With a misbehaving mouth like his, it's a wonder he hasn't been beaten to death yet.
It was probably all thanks to his strong professional ability.

Director Chen was nearing 50.
Although he can keep up with the times, he still had some of the problems of middle-aged people.
These past couple of years, he especially loves to grab people and lecture them on and on.

“You have to know that there might be someone more handsome than you—”

He originally wanted to lecture Xie Luyu, to let him be more modest and study his acting skills.
Just as he started talking, he remembered that the man in front of him just won the Golden Globe, so he changed tactics halfway through.

“There are so many good-looking people.
No flower can bloom for a hundred days.
Girls like younger guys these days.
You're fine now but what will you do a couple of years later?”

Director Chen was drunk and beginning to get a little muddle-headed.
He started to sincerely worry about the future of this brand new movie emperor who had just earned his title.

The leading actress next to him almost spat out a bite of food.

Xie Luyu nodded, thinking of the person in the changing room just now.
He heard Director Chen mention “someone more handsome than him” and, surprisingly, didn't talk back.

“He did look rather young.”

Once that kind of person enters the entertainment circle, even if he didn't know anything, it wouldn't be a problem for him to become a popular idol.

The majority of beautiful people in this world have entered the entertainment industry.
Xie Luyu thought he had seen it all.
He was wrong.

Sure enough, there was still a diamond among stones out there.


The raws had said “Golden Cup” but future chapters say “Golden Globe”.
I changed it to “Golden Globe” for consistency. ↩

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