34-year-old Crystal Liu has made quite the triumphant return to Chinese costume dramas after a 16-year absence.
A Dream of Splendor, which she headlines with Chen Xiao, has been very well-received.
Recently, some behind the scenes footage of the drama hit social media.
While filming a scene where Crystal's character is receiving punishment,
she has her hands tied behind her back while her head is pressed into a water tank six times.
Reportedly, to make the scene look more real, she was held down there for several seconds each time, which caused her to choked on the water.
Her cheeks were also press onto the water tank many times, causing her face to turn red.
Many netizens responded to the behind the scenes images by expressing heart ache but also praise for Crystal's dedication.
They said that she worked really hard for the role and that she's really worthy of the profession of an actor.
A Dream of Splendor premiered on June 2nd and the reception so far has been terrific.
Within the first 15 hours, the drama passed the 200-million-view mark, and they weren't shy to flaunt it on their Weibo.
It also got an opening average rating of 8.3 on Douban. As of today, it sits at an average of 8.8 from just over 314,000 ratings.
《梦华录》的豆瓣开分达到了8.3分 。截至目前，该剧评分上涨到8.8分，有近31.4万人参与了评分 。