Huang Xiao Ming is one of the top Chinese actors and is also recognized internationally. When it was first announced that he was going to star in Nirvana in Fire 2, there was actually some concern about casting him. However, the renowned actor has proven the critics wrong and fans have been thoroughly impressed by his performance. The handsome leading man was willing to make some sacrifices in order to star in the highly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed Nirvana in Fire. What was he willing to do to star in the new drama?

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Fans devoted to Nirvana in Fire not only wondered whether the sequel could match the magnificence of the original, they also openly questioned whether Huang Xiao Ming could perform as well as Hu Ge and Wang Kai, stars of the original series.

Huang Xiao Ming didn't waver and simply focused on his role. Having missed the opportunity to participate in the original Nirvana in Fire, he did not want to miss Nirvana in Fire 2.

Back in 2012, he fell from a great height while filming a martial arts scene, and the long recovery prevented him from taking on new projects including Nirvana in Fire. This time, nothing was going to stop him.

You probably can't tell that the handsome leading man gained more than twenty pounds for his character, reportedly to emphasize his steadfast and stoic nature.

His character also dies midpoint in the drama so that the plot can usher in a new phase involving the younger brother, played by Liu Hao Ran, to rise up as the new hero to avenge for his family's honor. A marquee star who plays the good guy doesn't usually die in the middle of the story. But this is how the new drama unfolds, and Huang Xiao Ming delivers his character, a heroic military commander who is also a loving husband and wise elder brother, to perfection.

The determined actor also did many of the action scenes that required him being strapped to a wire, despite his prior experience where his accidental fall was caused by the wire being shifted by strong wind.

During the years between the two dramas, Huang XIao Ming married actress Angelababy and they now have a son, who was actually born while Huang was filming Nirvana in Fire 2. The leading man has admitted that being a husband and father has given him new insight to play his character, who is married in the story. He also said that the only pressure he ever felt was the one that came from his own demand for perfection.

As we know now, Nirvana in Fire 2 has become a hit drama. The web series reached 100 million views within the first ten days of broadcast. It is also quickly rising in DramaFever's exclusive Top 10 ranking of popular Asian dramas.

It's truly gratifying to Huang Xiao Ming that he has finally starred in Nirvana in Fire 2, even if it's the sequel.

Congratulations to Huang Xiao Ming and the successful new drama!

Are you watching Nirvana in Fire 2? What do you think of it so far?

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Nirvana in Fire II - 琅琊榜之风起长林

Starring Huang Xiao Ming and Liu Hao Ran

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Although it's not necessary to have watched the original Nirvana in Fire in order to enjoy Nirvana in Fire 2, it helps to read the connections between the two dramas in my First Impression article.

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