Celebrity couple Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy used to report to each other before filming intimate scenes or romancing other actors on screen.
But that is no longer the case, having been together for seven years.
Speaking to The Straits Times over the phone from Shanghai last week, Huang says: "We understand each other very well after being together for so long. We know where the no-go areas are and what we are comfortable with each other doing in such scenes."
Huang, 38, and Angelababy, whose real name is Angela Yeung, tied the knot last year after a six-year courtship.
They are in the new Chinese mythological movie League Of Gods, but do not share any screen time.
The 27-year-old actress plays the object of affection of the movie's hero Lei Zhen Zi, played by Hong Kong actor Jacky Heung. Huang plays deity character Erlang Shen in a cameo role.
On what he thinks of his wife and Heung's on-screen romance, Huang says: "Of course I'm fine (with them acting as a couple). We are actors and we need to be professional. Besides, Jacky is my younger brother."
Huang is the godson of Heung's movie mogul parents, Charles Heung and Tiffany Chen. The movie is produced by the film studio company, China Star Entertainment, run by Heung's parents.
In fact, Huang reveals that he had taken on the project as a favour to his godparents: "This show is produced by my godfather and godmother. So I must take on this project. I even brought along Baby."
Fans of the celebrity couple should not hold their breath hoping to see Huang and his wife romance each other on screen.
"Baby and I feel that the chances of us playing an on-screen couple are low, unless the roles are really good," says Huang. The two previously played a dating couple in the cop romantic thriller Crimes Of Passion (2013).
For now, audiences can watch Huang share an emotional scene with an imaginary dog in League Of Gods.
His character has to get all teary-eyed when reuniting with his faithful companion - a celestial dog named Sky Howler.
Huang says with a laugh: "It was a test of my acting skills. I had to use my imagination. There was no real dog. I had to face an imaginary 'dog' and cry.
"Luckily, Erlang Shen and I share a similarity. I'm a dog lover too. I have three dogs and four cats."
•League Of Gods is in cinemas.
This article was first published on Aug 03, 2016.
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