Story of Yanxi Palace (延禧攻略) drama creates huge impacts in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. It successfully grooms the newcomers and push a high peak in veretan artistes including Qin Lan (秦嵐), Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) and Nie Yuan (聶遠) in their careers. However, some actress such as Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯) misses the good opportunities to shoot Empresses in the Palace (後宮甄嬛傳) and Story of Yanxi Palace (後宮甄嬛傳) series.

In the finale of Story of Yanxi Palace (後宮甄嬛傳) drama, the empress dowager begged Qianlong Emperor not to kill the evil eunuch, Yuan Chunwang and it resulted in a heated discussion among the netizens. After all, the empress dowager was Zhen Huan who was a legendary figure in the last era and everyone placed the full attention on her. Apparently, the empress dowager role was rumoured to belong to Sheren initially. As she played an empress in New My Fair Pricess (新還珠格格) and a concubine in War and Beauty (金枝慾孽) drama previously, Sheren was not afraid of sacrificing anything in order to achieve her aim and perceived stronger than Wei Yingluo.

Perhaps War and Beauty drama left a deep impression to the public and Sheren rejected several invitations to shoot palace rivalry series. The reasons could be because of the moral ethics and fees and she missed a good drama such as Empresses in the Palace as a result. Sheren also felt regretful for missing a golden opportunity.

Initially, there was mixed reactions about Story of Yanxi Palace drama and the film producer was considering Sheren to play an empress dowager, but they failed to reach an agreement eventually. Since Sheren missed two golden opportunities, the netizens commented about her bad foresight. As Sheren said before: “It is hard for me to shoot palace rivalry drama after War and Beauty series in 2004.” Many audiences believed it was because she used many despicable methods and perceived as the “first concubine” in the drama and nobody could surpass her until now.

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