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For Xiao Zhan, things have been absolutely wild behind the scenes. Here’s everything we know about Xiao Zhan that you had no idea about.

Ten things you didn’t know about Xiao Zhan

The Untamed has taken over a very large part of the world with its beautiful costuming, great story, and the chemistry between stars Wang Yibo and Xiao Zhan. We’ve been swooning over the pair’s dynamic for what feels like forever. While we’ve given you all the low down on Wang Yibo, it’s time to focus on Xiao Zhan, who also makes us swoon. 

For Xiao Zhan, things have been absolutely wild behind the scenes. Here’s everything we know about Xiao Zhan that you had no idea about.

1. Xiao Zhan had a previous career

Before he made his debut in the male idol group X NINE or made us swoon in The Untamed, Xiao Zhan actually had a career as a designer. He studied design at the Modern International Art Design Academy at Chongqing Technology and Business University. 

Before his debut, Xiao Zhan worked as a photographer and graphic designer, even designing a cafe’s logo and some of the interior. 

2. Xiao Zhan fought for his role on The Untamed

Xiao Zhan seems to be a perfect fit for the role of the carefree Wei Wuxan on The Untamed, which was praised globally. It was not an easy road, however, to get the part. Xiao Zhan had to battle his own management company along with fighting to get the part of Wei Wuxan on his own terms. He had no help from his management.

In fact, his management said that Xiao Zhan wasn’t “good enough” for the part. 

3. He was busy during filming of The Untamed

More impressive than his fight for the role is Xiao Zhan’s work ethic. While filming The Untamed, Xiao Zhan was working on other projects. So while filming the beautiful and intricate The Untamed, Xiao Zhan would be memorizing lines and doing work for other commitments.

Like can you say the hardest working actor ever? 

4. Could not ride a bike

Xiao Zhan, for all his many talents, did not know how to ride a bike. Unsurprisingly, his co-star in The Untamed Wang Yibo gave him a lot of grief about it. (Wang Yibo is a pro motorbike racer with Yamaha.) Xiao Zhan got so much grief from Wang Yibo that he learned how to ride to get him to stop.

There is video footage out there on this and it is glorious.

5. Tried to sue his management company

This one did not end well for Xiao Zhan. Yes, he did try to sue the management company that said he wasn’t “good enough” for his role in The Untamed. He did it mainly so that he could part with them and get some new management. 

What happened, however, is that he settled with the management company out of court. Terms are unknown as they are in most settlements.

Xiao Zhan is still represented by them.

6. Got help for areas affected by the Coronavirus

Everyone is talking about the Coronavirus and how to prepare for it, but the first country the disease hit was China. Xiao Zhan, proving that he is a charitable person off-screen, has paid for and donated a lot of medical supplies to Coronavirus affected areas in China. 

This allows some financial burden for others to be eased while they can get the care and support that they need. 

7. Started his own studio

One last thing about the drama with Xiao Zhan and his management company. As part of the settlement and as a result of his case with his management company, Xiao Zhan formed his own studio. It is titled XZ Studio, obviously the initials in his name. The new studio was established in September of 2019.

8. Gets mobbed out in public

Xiao Zhan is one of the most recognizable faces in China right now and gets mobbed the instant he goes out in public. Like you think some fans get intense? Triple it for the most intense Xiao Zhan stans, who pretty much mob the guy from the moment he steps outside. It’s largely turned him into a homebody and makes him nervous to get out.

One story that our expert on all things The Untamed Nikki recalled is when fans boarded the plane that he was on just before take off and harassed Xiao Zhan.

9. Has a cat!

Xiao Zhan has a cat. The cat is named Nut. If that is not the cutest freaking you’ve heard today, then you do not know what cute is.

10. Low alcohol tolerance 

Xiao Zhan is an infamously famous lightweight when it comes to his tolerance for alcohol. He tends to get trashed very easily. And yet he’s the spokesperson for Budweiser China, so the world is just full of irony sometimes, huh?

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  • Xiao Zhan our all time favorite from the Untamed. Multitalented and handsome. We look forwards to his new dramas and would be bonus if, he is acting with Wang Yibo. Both of them make a great team.

    February 29, 2020
  • He is such a hardworking person, I really feel great to be stanning such a personality! ❤️

    March 1, 2020
  • He is a very bad actor. Do not like him one bit. And he was so foul-mouthed before he became famous, kind of revealing of his true personality.

    March 2, 2020
    • Hope you will get your own medicine 1 judgemental person

      June 15, 2020
    • Since you say that, do you know him in person? He gets nothing but praise by his prior school teachers, friends, boss and colleagues that are not in the entertainment or media business. If he can fool them into saying good things about him, then doesn’t that prove he is a good actor? As for him having a foul-mouth before becoming famous, many who are already famous has a foul mouth too. In America, you can hardly find anyone that doesn’t have a foul mouth, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a good person. It’s fine if you don’t like him though since nobody can force you to do so.

      July 1, 2020
    • Do not bad mouth Xiao Zhan. If u do not like him than dont look at him or check his news. Why even waste ur time here?? Go n do some laundry or clean ur room. Speaking as if he took ur kidneys or something.

      September 21, 2020
    • He’s an excellent actor. Have you even watched his shows? And it’s not like having a foul-mouth is in any way indicative of personality. Good people can cuss and bad people can refrain from cussing. You know nothing. He’s done nothing wrong. You should feel bad. Don’t spread hate, spread love. “We are made to love.”

      November 6, 2020
    • Can you provide evidence to back up your statements? Have you known him personally? If not, do not spread unnecessary hate online. Because we have evidence to prove all of your statements wrong.

      November 11, 2020
    • Do you know him personally? If not then do not slander him. If he really were that kind of person do you think he could became famous? His parents were too strict to him. If he dared to say anything foul he would get beaten. Whoever knows him personally, says he is the hardest working one. And you probably haven’t seen any of his works because if you did then you couldn’t say that he is bad at acting.

      March 23, 2021
    • where is proof of foul mouth…how long ago was this? so a person can not change? are you the same as you were 10 years ago? it’s ok if you don’t like him; there are so many more who do.

      July 5, 2021
  • Xiao Zhan is a talented artist with a beautiful soul and warm personality. He has earned the hearts of fans young and old, and I myself am an older fan who loves him like my very own family. His character, integrity, and humility are admirable and he has made a significant impact on everyone who loves him.❤️

    March 2, 2020
  • Thanks God that Xiao Zhan decided to step in the showbiz, so many more people have the chances to know such an amazing person like him.
    I really really wish him all the best things.

    March 2, 2020
  • Sad to report that XZ is now in danger of losing his career. A website deemed pornographic and disrespectful to XZ was blocked by the government due to numerous complaints by his extreme fans. AO3 website supporters launched a ‘total boycott XZ’ campaign in retaliation. As of now, 20 products have dropped him as spokesman in the backlash. It’s so much like ep 32 where WeiWuXian was bullied by the mob. What a horrible turn of events for such a nice person like XZ.

    March 3, 2020
  • When is the first episode of the wolf coming

    March 4, 2020
  • My Hunny Bunny is really a hard working, multi-talented, humble, lovable and adorable ?

    March 6, 2020
  • From the first moment I saw him in The Untamed I fell in love with him and I have been following everything about him ever since. I live in the USA so the only thing we had about him was The Untamed, so I have to search online to stream his other work. I hope one day we can watch his movies here too.

    March 6, 2020
    • My wish for him is to be happy and healthy when he returns to work hopefully to see him smile once again

      March 18, 2020
      • Yeah, we really need to support him no matter what

        July 17, 2020
    • We can watch his work in the USA. Some of his work is on YouTube, Viki,, and kissasian.

      You can also join as well. People there can also help you find a specific movie and/or tv show that you are looking for

      May 5, 2020
  • The fact that He had to fight his own management company for the role makes me want to respect him more and more for all the hard work and struggles he made in his career. He is such a kind soul

    March 18, 2020
  • I admire the way his fans love and support him. Through thick and thin, this angel is loved unconditionally! This support and love go beyond China.

    May 5, 2020
  • Hello everyone! I’m not a fan of artist Xiao Zhan I’m just an editor, media analyst and .. some articles around the world.I read and received news about the artist..many young and old people were inspired (mention :moral influence) and encouraged the few works he did. So we recognize original heart he has is very rare in the entertainment industry. hope he will do good works in the future He brings good opinion all over the world about China.have a good day!

    June 15, 2020
  • Wow so glad he joined entertainment industry else we would be robbed of not seeing such great talent and awesome guy :). Why don’t actor have the power to select their management company and audition for whatever role? It is odd that they didn’t even want him to audition . Hope he gets good support and better company to represent him.

    June 30, 2020
  • Lol his company sure was wrong when they said Xiao Zhan wasn’t “good enough” for the role. I don’t know anyone else who could’ve played it better <3 love this boi so much

    July 8, 2020
  • For talent managers, don’t ever think of signing an artist/actor if you won’t even give them a chance to grow

    August 20, 2020
  • Where in China does he live how to fans find him when they want to give him gifts and presents ?

    August 23, 2020
  • What should I say… I just love him like crazy 😊😊😊

    November 8, 2020
  • He had two jobs before. One is as designer and other one is as an intern in a private company. His former management company almost went bankrupt so they settled it out of the court and he is only in name under that company. He is a very good cook and likes cooking very much. He can do all the house courses including sewing and knitting. His most favourite fruit is orange and he hates durians the most. His least favourite fruit is litchi(lychee). In vegetables he hates eggplants the most. He likes potato chips very much (egg yolk flavour). He was always an introvert. He likes hot and spicy foods cause he is from chongqing. He recommended hotpot and xiaomian to eat as chongqing foods. He has learnt violin, piano, go chess, calligraphy and also brush calligraphy and etc. He was invited to xfire that’s how became involved in C-ent circles.

    March 23, 2021

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