uests every day.
How were they supposed to know there was going to be sex scandal? There was sex, gambling, and drugs involved.
Of course it’s going to be a big deal.
Everyone’s teams are all in a hurry right now.
Your conditions are good, so you can take your pick.”

Xu Jingzhe thought about it for a while.
Then, he said, “Pick a guy.
If it’s a female celebrity, the break up might end up affecting her career.
It’s better to go with a guy.” 

Zhang Man was helpless.
“Even at a time like this, you’re still acting like a gentleman.”

Xu Jingzhe drove the car a little further.
He could still see the paparazzi in the rearview mirror.
He couldn’t help but complain, “So annoying!”

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Zhang Man coaxed him, “Don’t get annoyed.
I’ll help you pick a suitable candidate.”

Xu Jingzhe hung up the phone.
His WeChat received another notification.
It had only been twenty four hours since this incident occurred, yet his notifications were even more lively than New Year’s Day.
A lot of people were rushing up to show their loyalty.
They said they believed in him, asked if he was okay, asked if he needed help.
As for who was trying to get information from him and who was being sincere, Xu Jingzhe was actually very clear. 

He replied to a few people and scrolled down.
Then, he saw Dr.
Chen’s message.
“How is your sleep these days? How is your reaction in the mornings?”

Xu Jingzhe stared at this message for a long time.
He suddenly felt very tired.
He threw his phone aside.
He didn’t really want to touch it again.

Zhang Man’s abilities did not need to be questioned.
She said that she would help Xu Jingzhe find a suitable candidate, so she was definitely going to find someone that Xu Jingzhe would be satisfied with.
However, she hadn’t expected someone to send themselves up to her before she had even started her search.

Liang Yu had also gone to that hotel that day.
Furthermore, his photo seemed to have been leaked because his team wasn’t able to negotiate an acceptable price for it. 

When Zhang Man heard the news, she felt as if a slice of pie had just fallen into her lap.
Zhang Man felt like she was dreaming.
She asked the person next to her, “What kind of lucky day was it? Both the Movie Emperor and the Drama Emperor booked a room there.”

People in the industry knew that film and television drama were two different realms.
In terms of celebrity status, the big screen definitely comes out on top.
It had little to do with popularity or marketing and everything to do with one’s acting ability.

Liang Yu was the one who stood at the very top of this realm.
To this very day, he had yet to come back down.

He hadn’t debuted very early, but he did have a famous director helping him out.
Plus, he was also very good at picking out good roles.
In his very first role, he won three of the most prestigious awards in the country.
Zhang Man had seen his performances.
From a professional point of view, he was simply born to act.
He was destined for this lot in life. 

She’d never said this in front of Xu Jingzhe.
It wasn’t because her boss was a petty person.
However, Zhang Man knew that Xu Jingzhe had always wanted to appear on the big screen.

These past couple of years had been smooth sailing for him within the television industry.
All he needed was an opportunity.
Meanwhile, Liang Yu managed to win several international awards in a single jump.

Furthermore, he didn’t just act in movies meant for film festivals and award shows.
He was capable of pulling in big numbers at the box office for his commercial films as well.
Of course she was annoyed.

Xu Jingzhe never complained to her about films that were being made, about the allocation of resources, or about so-and-so’s awful acting.
He was the type of person that spent his time working away like an ox.
He didn’t have time to gossip behind other people’s backs. 

However, Liang Yu was definitely under a lot more pressure from the sex scandal than Xu Jingzhe was.
He was about to film a movie that was aimed for the Oscars.
He had already signed the contract, and they were just about to announce him as a member of the cast.
It would’ve raised his international celebrity status by another level.
He also had another movie planned for the end of the year.
It was a cooperation with a well-known commercial director.
He had taken on a value-adjustment mechanism and invested his own money into it.
He even had some high-end endorsements lined up for next year.
With all of these added together, he would definitely be screwed if even one of them went south.

So, when his management team took the initiative to contact her, Zhang Man was actually very calm.
The two big bosses didn’t show their faces.
Instead, the people who worked beneath them battled it out first.

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Yang Jierui and Liang Yu were also long-time partners.
He and Zhang Man were of about the same status within the industry.
They each had their own resources.
Both of them were people who could get their jobs done well and, at the same time, keep their bosses happy.

Yang Jierui had a very good attitude.
He suggested cooperation right away.
This way, both sides would be able to get through this difficult situation. 

Zhang Man smiled brightly.
“If Mr.
Liang Yu is willing to cooperate, we will naturally welcome him”

Yang Jierui: “Mr.
Xu has a good reputation.
We’d feel assured cooperating with someone like him.”


The two of them politely smiled at each other for a bit before finally getting to the point.

Zhang Man nevertheless needed to ask clearly, “Mr.
Liang only happened to be there, right? He really didn’t participate?” 

Yang Jierui looked as if he had been insulted.
He righteously declared, “He obviously didn’t participate! Mr.
Liang isn’t that kind of person!”

Zhang Man wasn’t so easy to deceive.
She had looked into Liang Yu quite a bit.
This person had a big reputation and a big temper as well.
It wasn’t that he liked to put on airs because of his status.
Rather, he just didn’t like being disciplined.
He was headstrong and rash.
He had gotten used to being unruly and self-willed.
They were actors after all.
They all had a little bit of pretense to them.
Even someone as perfect as Xu Jingzhe was like this.
Zhang Man had once marketed him under a “rough and ready” persona.
Of course, there was some truth to it.

However, Liang Yu seemed to be completely separated from all of that.
He came out of the closet very early on.
He didn’t market himself under some false persona.
Because of the sheer speed of his career, no one was able to catch up to him.
Even those few criticisms about his private life didn’t seem to faze him.
His management team didn’t find him particularly hard to deal with.
Liang Yu didn’t cause any big issues.
He had a couple of relationship scandals, and they were with relatively well-known colleagues as well.
Zhang Man didn’t know whether he paid them off or not, but their breakups were never ugly or public.
He was also very generous with his friends.
He was always brutally honest towards the media, yet the media seemed to eat it up.

Zhang Man recalled this one fashion magazine that put him on their annual cover photo.
Several big brands were rushing to provide the latest haute couture for him.
The designer in charge of the photoshoot’s direction that day commented that Nüwa must’ve put in a lot of overtime when she was creating Liang Yu’s face. 

What was even more amazing was that no one found this compliment to be exaggerated.
Everyone accepted it as a matter of course.

Yang Jierui didn’t believe that Zhang Man would reject them.
In any case, this cooperation could be regarded as a “strong alliance” and a “good match”.
If they really wanted to split hairs about it, it was Xu Jingzhe who was winning out.
After all, Liang Yu’s movie resources were exactly what the other party needed right now.

Zhang Man didn’t dare make a decision herself.
She still needed to ask Xu Jingzhe for his opinion.
Xu is rather pure.
It’s hard for me to say whether he’d agree.”

Yang Jerry kept his composure.
He laughed and said, “Zhang jie, let’s stop beating around the bush.
He’s a man in his thirties.
Who’s actually going to believe that he’s pure? Do you believe it? Anyway, I don’t believe it.

Zhang Man: “…”

Translator’s Note:

I picked this novel because MC and I share a birthday!

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