Feature: Lin Geng Xin

We are trying something new. Every once in a while we will post a feature about a celebrity. We are still figuring out the format, so if you have any recommendations please let me know. Since I have been obsessed with Princess Agents recently, I found it only fair to do one on Lin GengXin. I first saw him in Scarlet Heart and I have seen him in another movie, but I didn’t pay too much attention to him until this role. I have to say I am impressed with his depiction of Yuwen Yue.

Update: I found this funny compilation video =D Enjoy

Lin GengXin (林更新), also known as Kenny Lin, was born on February 13, 1988, in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. He graduated from the Shanghai Theater Academy in 2011. That year he rose to popularity as the 14th Prince in Scarlet Heart/ Bu Bu Jing Xin. His next hit was the movie, Young Detective Dee, with Mark Chao. This led to the start of a successful movie career. Right now he is one of the highest grossing male actors of his generation since he has starred in several box office hits.

TV roles:

  • 14th Prince in Bu Bu Jing Xin (2011)

  • Xuan Yuan Sword (2012)
  • Drama Go Go Go with Ruby Lin (2012)
  • Dancing Legend  (2013)
  • Zhao Zilong in God of War (2016)

  • Yuwen Yue in Princess Agents (2017)

Relevant Movie roles:

  • Young Detective Dee (2013)

  • My Old Classmate with Zhou DongYu (2014)

  • Black & White: Dawn of Justice with Mark Chao (2014)
  • The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014)
  • For a Few Bullets (2016)
  • Swordmaster (2016)
  • The Great Wall (2016)
  • Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017)

Right now you can find him on Princess Agents and Baby, Let me Go (variety show).


His best friend is Mark Chao and he often goes on trips with Mark Chao and his wife Gao Yuan Yuan. They have such a big bromance that Gao YuanYuan once told him to give Mark back to her =D

Joking around with each other’s roles:

He is said to be very very shy. Fellow actors, Mark Chao and Feng Shaofeng, have mentioned in interviews that he is really shy. Most recently, Zhao Liying said that after shooting a kiss scene he ran away while covering his face. Fans of the drama also pointed out that even when shooting certain scenes you can see that his ears are really red.

and let’s not forget this behind the scenes clip:

More moments:

shy with girls

shy with boys

lol he embraces his shyness, once saying that he likes that he is so shy.

Fans often find him in local places:

He is also known for really liking spicy foods and being a good cook. In an interview, he said he considers himself an ugly, but nice guy. And calls himself 林狗 (Lin dog?) since his college years. In college, his dorm room was in such bad condition that he and his roommates just called each other dogs plus their respective surnames.

Edit: I wanted to add that he often reads Weibo messages to him. His likes on Weibo are full of fans asking him for a happy birthday message.

Anyways, Lin GengXin is doing a great job with his character in Princess Agents. And now I am curious to check out some of his other movies since none of his other dramas sound appealing to me. I think I may start with the ones with Mark Chao, I love a good bromance.



23 thoughts on “Feature: Lin Geng Xin

  1. If you want to see their bromance, plz watch Black and White 2. They are like a couple. Mark Chao did recommend him to the director after they met on Detective Dee 2. Mark Chao suggest to Director that he didn’t want girl partner. He only wanted LGX.

    Lin Gengxin is my most fav young actor. I have watched all his movies. His acting is good. I liked his personality too, He is like a bit silly, dumb and cute.

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    • Lol Mark Chao only needs LGX 😆
      Thanks for the recommendation, I will check it out. This year I have been impressed by both of them as actors.
      I have been paying attention to LGX’s interviews since Princess Agents aired and he comes off very sincere and nice.


  2. Lol I’ve seen many of dramas and movies where he is but I absolutely don’t remember him in any of them. He isn’t bright enough


    • For me, he didn’t really stand out until this drama. I liked him in Scarlet Heart, but I was so into my 4th Prince ship =D


  3. Thank you for that feature! I keep hearing people call him Lin Dog and I don’t understand why. Hahaha. He is so silly. Hehehe


    • yeah I had to look it up, everyone getting to know LGX now bc of the drama was curious about it too 😛 such a weird nickname


  4. thanks for this! This is an interesting feature – i read somewhere that he has quite a few girlfriends which seems to be a bit contradictory with him being shy unless he doesnt really date and every girl he is interested in is his girlfriend!

    I saw him in a 2016 HC episode with Yoona when they were promoting God of War and he actually comes off a bit awkward and direct (kinda like ZLY) and he wasnt gentlemanly at all to Wu Xin and completely looked kinda sad when Yoona chose Hai Tao over him when asked to pick a partner.

    An old HC episode from 2013 popped up on my YT where he and Mark Zhao were present to promote Detective Dee and he is really quite gullible and a little dumb-dumb. :)A very big change from his YWY character!!


    • I think girls like him because he is shy, they probably find it endearing. I am guessing that is why he likes being shy 😛 But yeah probably a lot of rumors are exaggerated since he just has stand next to some girl to have a new girlfriend.

      He does seem silly and blunt to me. And his shyness makes him cute.


  5. Liked LGX with Mark Chao in their drama..Been following his career since then…Glad he is doing well and have more project. 😍😍😍👏👏👏🙏🙏🙏


    • I am kind of new to both of them, but they both impressed me with their recent dramas. I think they are good actors. Now on to check out their movies


  6. I’ve seen him in God of War and I did like his role. Haven’t checked out any of this movies yet.


    • The only movie I have seen him in is Swordmaster, I thought he did a good job. I am curious about his movie with Zhou Dongyu and others with Mark Chao.


      • The movie with ZDY is pretty fun. It’s a box office hit too. Warning: it’s not a happy ending.

        He only has two movies as the lead, Sword Master, and My Old Classmate. Other are supporting role. Among them, I most loved him as Captain 203 in The Taking of Tiger Mountain. It’s an awesome action movie.

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  7. Can you do a feature on Shawn Dou next? I love reading these articles! 😀


  8. This was an absolutely adorable post. I’m not usually one to add comments and you’ll probably never hear from me again but i wanted to say what a fantastic blog this is – thankyou so much for posting regularly and for making it so fun (and photo heavy too), i feel like this is the only chinese drama blog worth reading really, love it …

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    • You spoke my mind. I, too, not usually made any comments unless it was my fav one. I’m glad that this site is the whole Cent news not an actress’s fan site. I read other site but they didn’t do well to me. Most of the articles are just praising an actress and criticize other. That’s not fun to read.


    • Thank you so much! Your comment made me really happy ^^


  9. Dang, his ears were bright red. It’s so funny how Zhao Liying told the story of him running off covering his face after the kiss scene. She was looking at the playback and wanted to do it again so they can get a better shot of it, but he was gone already. I also hope he finds a steady girlfriend so he won’t always be Mark and Gao Yuan Yuan’s third wheel. There truly are so many rumors about him and girls that it;s hard to believe how shy he is.

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    • yeah ZLY was so taken back hahahaha
      I wouldn’t believe them if it wasn’t for his fellow male actors being like he is ridiculously shy.


  10. I only saw him in a few episodes on Hurry Up Brother and he seemed pretty nice going as everyone kinda teases him.


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