Maliciously Attacked Online

Su Shen felt a little guity, but on second thought, she didn’t do anything wrong, and Tan Haozhi didn’t like her either. They were just ordinary neighbors. 

With this thought, she immediately nodded assuredly, “My neighbor, we’ve known each other for a long time.”

Seeing that she admitted it so frankly, Xie Yan stared at her fixedly for a while before pulling her up, “Let’s go then.”

Su Shen put on a big down coat, a cap, and a pink mask, leaving only her eyes exposed. Then, she followed Xie Yan out of the dressing room into the cold.

The staff outside seemed to have been used to seeing the two of them going in and out everyday. Insiders in the industry knew that Xie Yan was an extremely low-key person. Besides when filming, his figure couldn’t be seen at all. But no one had expected that he would dote on his girlfriend so much!

The filming site was in a small gated community, which had been reserved by the production team. When they walked to the entrance, Uncle Liu, who was smoking inside the security booth, immediately stubbed the cigarette as he saw Su Shen coming over through the glass window and walked out of the security booth. He said to Xie Yan earnestly, “Xie Yan, you have to take good care of Su Shen. This girl asked me how to roll a cigar two days ago. She’s still so young, don’t let her ruin her health because of acting.”

After saying that, the two young security guards at the side couldn’t help laughing. Not long ago, Su Shen liked to discuss the feeling of smoking with them, which was odd.

At that, Xie Yan couldn’t help but look at the person beside him bundled up warmly, with the latter looking away from him and said in a muffled voice, “I didn’t smoke. I just wanted to learn how to roll an old-fashioned cigar and how to light it.”

The posture of smoking was very important, as well as the expression shown when smoking. The minute details changed everything, so she had to mull about it carefully.

But this Uncle Liu was so wicked. She had clearly given him several of Xie Yan’s autographed photos for his granddaughter, but now, he’s snitching on her! 

“You’re still making a point, aren’t you, little cigar pipe?” Xie Yan pulled down her cap, and Su Shen immediately shuddered due to the cold wind. 

“You’re the big cigar pipe!”

Wearing a cap, Su Shen strode out of the gated community and decided that she would never seek Uncle Liu again. Wang ge from the props team was also a veteran smoker; she’d go and observe his expression when he’s smoking in the future. 

After walking out of the gated community for a while, she saw a familiar black Bentley parked on the side of the road. She took a look at Xie Yan following behind her and lowered her cap again for fear of being photographed.

When Tan Haozhi saw her coming over, he immediately got out of the car. When he saw that she was bundled up leaving only her pair of eyes exposed, he couldn’t help but chuckle, “You’re that cold?”

Taking the paper bag from him, Su Shen said in a muffled voice, “Duh, us slim people don’t have any fat to resist the cold.”

Tan Haozhi was amused by her words and saw the tall man following behind Su Shen. He was wearing a black coat and a mask, with an indifferent gaze staring at him.

At the same time, Xie Yan was also sizing the man in front of him up too. He was not bad looking. From the perspective of girls, he was a sweet guy. When talking, he always looked at Su Shen with a smile. The two of them seemed very close, with Su Shen joking around him without scruple. Xie Yan knew that with unfamiliar people, Su Shen would never speak so casually, even with Zhao Tong, she had never made such a joke.

Noticing that the atmosphere was a little awkward, Su Shen didn’t know what to say for a moment.

“Is this your colleague?” Tan Haozhi broke the ice first.

Su Shen blinked and just as she was about to say something, she saw that Xie Yan suddenly stepped forward, took off his mask and extended his hand, “Hi, I’m Su Shen’s boyfriend.”

Su Shen: “……”

Even if he didn’t say it, Tan Haozhi could also feel that the relationship between the two of them was not simple. Looking at the outstretched hand, he also extended his hand to shake it and said with a smile, “I’ve seen your movies abroad, they were great.”

Withdrawing his hand, Xie Yan smiled insipidly, “Thank you.”

Su Shen thought that Tan Haozhi didn’t know who Xie Yan was. After all, he just came back from abroad. She hadn’t expected that he saw his movies abroad before.

“Um… Thank you for bringing me the chicken soup. I.. and Xie Yan will treat you to dinner some other time.” Su Shen promptly corrected her words. Fortunately, the mask covered her face, so no one saw her embarrassed expression.

“No worries, it was on the way. Auntie also asked you to remember to go back home to eat dinner for the Laba Festival*.” After saying that, Tan Haozhi glanced at Xie Yan again, “I have to go now, see you.”

Laba Festival – it’s celebrated on the eight day of the twelfth lunar month, originally an occasion to give sacrifices to their ancestors and to pray to heaven and earth for a good harvest and good luck for the family

“En.” Xie Yan’s expression remained unchanged.

Seeing Tan Haozhi get in the car again, Su Shen suddenly knocked on his car window as she thought of something. The latter slowly rolled down the car window and Su Shen leaned in and whispered, “Um… can you not tell my parents that I have a boyfriend? I want to tell them myself.”

Looking at her eyes full of expectation, Tan Haozhi nodded slightly and smiled meaningfully, “He seems to like you very much.”

His words made her blush. Su Shen immediately withdrew and waved her hand to say bye to him.

It was not until the car slowly drove away that Su Shen came back to her senses and noticed that Xie Yan was looking at her fixedly. She couldn’t help but walk over to him and handed him the paper bag with the chicken soup, “Let’s go.”

The latter took the paper bag from her and turned to look at her solemnly, “Have you known your neighbor for a long time?”

After filming so many idol dramas, Su Shen knew that those misunderstandings stemmed from concealing something, so she candidly replied earnestly, “Yep, we’ve known each other since we were little. We even went to the same school, but he was several grades older than me. Later, he moved abroad with his parents when he was 16, and we haven’t been in contact for a long time until he came back recently.”

It was super windy on the streets, and there were not many passersby. Among the few were aunties who were going to the supermarket. Xie Yan didn’t take her to go eat, but went in the direction of the set.

“Oh, childhood friends.”

Su Shen turned slightly and was helpless when she saw his peculiar appearance, “He doesn’t like me, and I don’t like him either. He’s just a brother who I’m close with.”

Not knowing if all men were like this, but Su Shen found that the always rational Xie Yan seemed to fuss over every minor detail regarding this kind of matter, not letting a single clue slip by. But, nothing really had happened between them.

“How do you know that he doesn’t like you?” Xie Yan glanced at her pensively.

Su Shen was taken aback. Did she have to say that the original Su Shen confessed but was rejected?

“Some time ago, he had even told me to find a boyfriend soon. How could he like me? I’m not a man-killer.” As she said this, Su Shen looked around the street, “Aren’t you going to take me to lunch?”

At that, Xie Yan raised the paper bag in his hand and said insipidly, “Go back and have some chicken soup.”

Su Shen: “……”

It was said that women were small-minded, but Su Shen felt that men were about the same as well.

When they returned to set, she went to drink the chicken soup with Xiao Zhou and won’t give a sip to Xie Yan who was being enigmatic!

She ignored him the whole afternoon. When she returned to the hotel at night, Xiao Zhou told her that something had happened.

She had been reading the script the whole afternoon, so she hadn’t had the time to check her phone. When Su Shen went to check her phone, she found that another marketing account had broken the news that she got the role of the supporting female lead for that literary film. It was said that even Tang Xuan and Wen Xin, who were A-list actresses, were pushed out by her. 

If it was a rumor made up by a marketing account, it was whatever, but there were indeed traces of Tang Xuan reading the novel Lost on her Weibo page. Everyone knew that this novel had been adapted into a film by Director Li and was in the midst of casting roles. It could be seen that Tang Xuan was preparing for this film. However, she had suddenly appeared. Not to mention Tang Xuan’s fans, but passersbys also began to boycott her.

Moreover, whoever was manipulating it behind the scenes had even bought her a Hot Search, directly putting #Su Shen & Tang Xuan# at fifth place on the Hot Search. The marketing accounts all over the net implicated that she snatched Tang Xuan’s role. Her fans were just a flash in the pan among the large-scale malicious attack from the antis.

Netizen A: Miss Su’s background is so powerful to the point of even daring to steal a role from the TV Empress now!

Netizen B: I’ve read this novel of Yan Zhi’s. The supporting female lead was a dancer that led a tragic life. Su Shen?? Did she want to interpret the role as a sweet, naive girl?

Netizen C: AHHHH! I like this novel the most! Definitely don’t let it be ruined by Su Shen!

Netizen D: Wow, the Empress of Snatching has upgraded! From Mu Yao to Tang Xuan, looking forward to seeing which celebrity she will snatch from next. [smiley face]

Netizen E: I thought that Director Li would not be stained with mud, but I didn’t expect that he was merely just so. Did he want to destroy his outstanding legacy in the hands of Su Shen?

Netizen F: To be honest, Su Shen’s definitely the sickest post-90s starlet I’ve ever seen. Those starlets that debuted with web dramas were still stuck in the web drama industry. But, Su Shen’s so sick and directly sntatched Mu Yao’s role and even replaced Yang Zhi to act with Xie Yan. Now, a Best Actress in Drama was not even in her eyes. Do y’all think she would care about the small domestic market? No, her goal is to enter the international market and charge into the universe!

The comment section was very intense. Su Shen knew that if it went on like this, it would only ruin her image with the public.

When she called Liu jie, the other party seemed to be very busy, but she just told her not to worry.

“You’ve offended too many people and blocked too many people’s way. Now, they are banding up together to tackle you down. But, this matter doesn’t have anything to do with Tang Xuan. Just focus on filming, the PR team will work overtime to control the comments for you.” After saying that, Liu jie hung up the phone in a hurry.

Although the movie was about to be aired soon, if her image with the public was to be ruined at this time, it would be useless for her to brainwash her image with acting in the future.

Su Shen leaned against the bed wearily while scrolling through the comments. But, it seemed that they were all saying that she relied on her background to snatch the role.

The entertainment industry was the same as the imperial harem. Those who were famous were the high ranking concubines, and the public was the Emperor. If there was a newly entered girl who had received favor from the Emperor, those high ranking concubines would definitely stifle her in the cradle, and even if they couldn’t kill her, they would libel her image in the Emperor’s heart.

But if this person’s clan was very powerful in the previous dynasty, even if the Emperor did not like her, he would still continue to favor her. It was the same in the entertainment industry. If she really had a strong background, even if the public hated her, she would still receive good opportunities. But without the Emperor’s love, she was destined to not go far.

If the fervor couldn’t be suppressed, Su Shen would contact He Hua and see if he could ask the production team to come forward and explain. He Hua had a good relationship with Director Li, and as long as the production team clarified some things, the rumors would more or less be suppressed somewhat.

Today’s filming was too exhausting. Su Shen was not bothered by those comments and slept well all night. When she woke up the next morning, those rumors online still did not decrease. She was still firmly at fifth place on Hot Search. It seemed like those people really had spent a lot of money to libel her, to actually buy a Hot Search for so long.

Obviously, everyone in the production crew saw what was happening online. Those who were close to her would offer some words of comfort, while those who weren’t just greeted her like before.

When she got to her dressing room, it was still early and the makeup artist hadn’t arrived yet. Su Shen drank soy milk while letting the hairstylist do her hair.

“Su Shen, did you ask for leave to go audition last time?” The hairstylist fiddled with her hair and asked her idly.

Su Shen bit the straw and mumbled “en.”

“Actually, those people online are just fence sitters who only saw the surface. You can hire a famous PR team within the industry and throw money at them. If you throw a few million at them, those marketing accounts would definitely not utter a word. The Hot Search on Weibo can be taken down with just a million. But it’s been there for so long, there must be someone who’s trying to take you down.” The hairstylist clearly had seen a lot of this kind of thing and continued to offer solutions one after another.

The company had a publicity team. If she were to outsource it, it would be a breach of contract. Moreover, a few millions was her entire net worth.

Speaking of this, the hairstylist laughed meaningfully as she thought of something, “But don’t worry, I’m just kidding. Xie Yan will definitely handle this kind of matter for you.”

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