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This is not a news article. Purely my thought. Prereqs: “Legend of the Condor Heroes”, TVB 1994, Athena Chu, Julian Cheung, Gallen Lo; “Golden Faith”, TVB 2002, Jessica Hsuan, Gallen Lo, Deric Wan, Raymond Lam.

I once asked myself, if Yang Kang had not been born into the Sung dynasty, what would have happened? What if the setting for “Legend of the Condor Heroes” had been moved a few hundred years later where the Jin-Sung conflict might have come in some other form, such as in the case of a big bad greedy corporation being battled by a few good men who stand by the law, what would we have had, then?

Yang Kang

Taken the character out of his social and historical backdrop, and what do you see? We see a son and a foster home. We see a devoted foster father to whom the son looks up with respect and admiration. We see, in the mind of the son, the idealization (or rather, the idolization) of how a man should be, stemming directly from the father.

Would that description fit quite a few others such as, say, Ivan Ding of “Golden Faith”?

In Ivan, we also see a son who is torn between his foster home and what are defined by the society as being the right things to do. Just like Yang Kang assumes the risk of becoming a traitor to his country, Ivan assumes the risk of becoming a criminal by sticking by his foster family. The moments the two break away from the only thing they have known in their lives so far as families, they become miserable in quite many ways. One being the inability to soar with their strengths. The foster homes provide them the much needed platform where their talents, in both cases here the ability to strategically lead, could be powerfully displayed. Regardless of whether it is the present Ding Fung or the Sung’s Jin, there our characters feel the need for their presences the strongest. Their “homes” give them somewhat a sense of being appreciated.

But that’s where the parallel lines diverge. While Ivan comes back to Ding Fung with an almost impossible, self-assumed mission on his shoulder, Yang Kang comes back to Jin for comfort and because of greed. The equivalent of Ivan’s mission to straighten Ding Fung’s business would be for Yang Kang to be true to his promise he makes to his lady Nianci, to persuade the Jin to stop invading Sung’s land, and to lead Jin the right way.

Aside from the lack of integrity in Yang Kang, other factors which force Yang Kang’s path to stray so far away from Ivan’s might include their significant others. While both Rachel and Mu Nianci hold their principles absolutely rigid, they execute them much differently. Rachel, though still loves Ivan dearly, cuts short their relationship and hence makes a very strong statement. Nianci, on the other hand, fools herself into believing Yang Kang’s excuses (read: lies) every time without failing. Nianci, in a way, greatly encourages the “duality” in Yang Kang’s personality. She is truly the lifeboat for his creative lies. This is a confusing analogy since removing this lifeboat and this Yang Kang who is willing to lead Jin the right way will drown and die. That’s true, but one never knows. He might keep trying to survive on his own and hence kill his alternate, evil persona – the Yang Kang we know. Oh well, it is just wishful thinking on my part. Afterall, the biggest problem with Yang Kang is still his lack of integrity, and we do need an antagonist for “Legend”.

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Now for the sake of completeness, we can also think of some ways to turn Ivan into a baddie. But wait, isn’t he already one? Remember, Ivan kills (or thinks he kills) his foster father’s long-time business partner. If Ivan’s action can be justified and redeemed by saying he is forced to pull the trigger because his younger foster sister’s life is on the line, then Yang Kang’s killing rage toward Ouyang Ke after the later insults Nianci may as well be sympathized. Ivan also lies. He lies under oath, obstructs justice and inadvertently helps tossing Rachel’s career out of the window. Ivan’s lies, however, are for the purpose of saving other people’s reputations and lives but never his own. And I guess that makes all the differences.

Still, I want to wonder what kind of fate Ivan would have faced had he been adopted into not the Ding, but the Jin royal family, almost a thousand years ago.

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May she rest in peace.

A special memorial service for “Fei Jie” Lydia Shum was carried out at the Hong Kong Coliseum today March 02, 2008. The huge venue was full of grieving friends, fans and colleagues who came to pay respect. Daughter Joyce Cheng and ex-husband Adam Cheng both gave their touching speeches.

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HK Coliseum, March 02, 2008. Photo: Sun, 163.com

From TVB, there were General Manager Stephen Chan Chi Wan, chairwoman Mona Fong, executive producer Tommy Leung Ka Shu, artists Wu Fung, Gallen Lo, Esther Kwan, Margie Tsang, Raymond Lam, Frankie Lam, Kevin Cheng, and many more.

A few screen-captures with Gallen, courtesy of Gallen Baidu Board. Our special thanks to 天马行空78!

Gallen at Fei Jie's HK Memorial

HK Coliseum in a sea of white roses, black attires and reddened eyes

Gallen at Fei Jie's HK Memorial

Gallen offered condolences to Joyce Cheng

Gallen at Fei Jie's HK Memorial

Gallen at Fei Jie's HK Memorial

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Related news and links to be updated when available

Updates:

Gallen and Margie Tsang at HK Coliseum 03/02/08
At the HK Coliseum with Margie Tsang. Photo: Sina
Gallen comforted Joyce Cheng
Gallen comforted Joyce. Photo: Sina

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Source: Ming Pao Daily 02/29/2008

[Brief Translation]

TVB producer Tommy Leung Ka Shu‘s daughter, also TVB actress Toby Leung‘s older sister, Bonnie Leung held her wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel, HK, two days ago (02/27/2008). The banquet featured 22 tables and the guest list included names like Virginia Lok Yi Ling, Dr. Liza Wang, Gallen Lo, Jessica Hsuan, Nick Cheung, Michael Miu, and many more.

Toby was one of her sister’s bridesmaids. As the day before yesterday was also her birthday, Toby double-celebrated. When she was little, Toby often said that it would be great if Bonnie’s wedding would fall into her (Toby’s) birthday. And so it did.

Gallen spoke highly of the groom. As Gallen has seen Bonnie grows up, yesterday morning he did drink the newlyweds’ tea. Gallen’s once rumored sweetheart, Jessica, also attended the wedding banquet.

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Photo: Tom. Special thanks to Nukaew for the link!

[Visit LJ Forum for more photos from Bonnie Leung’s wedding]

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It’s been a long while since the last time we saw Gallen and Jessica posing for a photo. They look so nice together. It’s great for them to finally have a chance to play catch-up. And who knows! Maybe a filming project together?

Bonnie and Toby have all grown up from the day they were two cute bridesmaids at Clare and Gallen’s beachfront wedding almost 10 years ago (1998). Time flies! Back then Toby was paired up with Louis (Koo), while Bonnie walked along side a friend known as, I think, Ronnie. Jessica was there, helping the girls to ask for a heavy red envelope from the boys at the bride’s door. “Fei Jie” Lydia Shum and daughter Joyce Cheng were also there, right on the front row… Those precious memories!

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Source: tvb.56.com

The survey, opened to all registered users of China mainland largest video sharing site, 56.com, lasted from October 23rd to December 17th, 2007.

Top 5 TVB Classic Actors: Louis Koo, Andy Lau, Bobby Au-yeung, Gallen Lo, and Leslie Cheung

Top 5 TVB Classic Actresses: Charmaine Sheh, Jessica Hsuan, Gigi Lai, Ada Choi, and Liza Wang

Updated: The final result was just released earlier today, December 23rd, and the winners are… Gallen Lo and Jessica Hsuan.

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Jessica - TVB 40th Anniversary Classic Actress

Warmest congratulations to Ivan and Rachel!

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This is not a news article.

– A trip to Hong Kong –

I finally got this item on my personal to-do list checked. The trip was so short that we barely had any time for jet-lag. But then again, stay longer and we’ll be absolutely broke. One word for Hong Kong: chic. Two words for Hong Kong: chic and … expensive!

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Victoria Harbour – View from the Peak, HK. By Mimosa. Click on image to enlarge

But really, we only have ourselves to blame. Does any of you remember the character Kelly, played by Jessica Hsuan, in TVB’s Secret of the Heart? Well, I remember vividly how I got quite irritated seeing that she was so skeptical about eating on the street and all, then I found myself guilty of having more or less the same knee-jerk reaction. Now if I gave it a little more time, I might learn to feel more comfortable being seated with strangers. For this whole trip, we ventured out to eat at these bustling local Hong Kong cafe only twice. The food is clearly superior to the same (or claimed to be the same) dish you could find inside a hotel’s restaurant or a shopping mall’s food court. Basically, you do have to trade the taste for comfort and cleanliness. Now when I mention cleanliness, I only mean the visual aspect of it. I believe the food is clean since we did try the street food twice and our stomaches didn’t do much of protesting if any. While you trade the taste away, you also trade the as-seen-on-TV…B ambiance of a local Hong Kong street eatery away, and punish your wallet doing that. The way you strike a nice balance? Maybe go as a huge group, so you could be seated together, and remember to bring your own, not beer, paper tissues or handkerchiefs since absolutely no napkin will be provided. We actually learned this no-napkin fact the hard way as we do see Hong Kong people (as seen on TVB, of course) use their handkerchiefs all the time, but thought it’s simply for style.

We also thought the fact that you could miss someone-you-terribly-want-to-meet crossing the same street to be TVB’s unique fictional drama effect. Now I truly believe you could really get lost crossing a street in Mongkok. Think Time Square, New York on Friday night, then multiply it by two. Well, make it three! Mongkok’s streets are busy around the clock, just with slightly different crowds. In the morning you see a lot of men and women in (very stylish) business attires, and a lot of uniformed police officers/cadets. Later in the morning you start seeing many uncles with some light plastic bags in hand, seemingly heading back home to announce “I brought breakfast!”. The aunties are usually busy with much heavier bags – grocery. Around lunch time you see the working crowd again, swamping the MTR station with documents in hand and talking incessantly into their head phones. We spot uniformed students around the clock, in groups or (mostly) in pairs. We can’t tell whether they’re on the way to class, out of class, or… cutting class. But we see them just about anywhere and anytime. The night crowd is the most interesting of all, where you have young people looking like they’ve just stepped out of some pages from a fashion magazine. Overall everyone is very well-dressed. The only exception would be the police officers and cadets in blue uniforms, but what do we expect? They’re no Michael or Ron! The “polices on the road”, however, do look better with all the boots, belts, guns, helmets, and their white motorcycles. As for the undercover agents, we tried to look but of course couldn’t discover any. It’s said they always work in pairs and are available in good number, especially in busy area like Mongkok. We don’t know if that is true, but for the whole 5 days of our trip, we didn’t encounter or witness any sort of crime, even a petty one. My sister Mouse did think of leaving an item of her belonging in the taxi, so that we could experience how Hong Kong police works and see whether it’s just… as seen on TVB. Either that or a handsome charming next taxi rider! Just like the way it’d happen in TVB dramas.

We didn’t really have time to carry that plan out, because very soon our taxi stopped in front of TVB City, in Tseung Kwan O. There we joined the group from TVBVNFC again. It was about 10:30 pm and the Gala inside was about to be wrapped up. We patiently/impatiently paced up and down the impressively neat street from the front to the back gate, admiring the tall solid wall adorned with the red-blue-green strips and name-guessing the festive sounds echoing from the other side. When we got absolutely bored of that, we joined the other fan clubs to situate ourselves at the curb just outside the back gate, and started our version of Jaynestars-style gossips.

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TVB City, Front Gate, Tseung Kwan O, HK – Nov 19th, 2007. By Mimosa.

Just about midnight, huge TVB buses started to hum through the gate and spill onto the street. From their tall and warm seats people looked at us as if we’re a crazy bunch. Well, in some effects, we were! It was quite a cold night and none of us had had dinner. We headed straight from the hotel room where we had been following the TVB Anniversary Gala live through the half-way point – the wax museum skit. But we didn’t feel anything but the mounting excitement.

What came next was a little bit of a chaos that I couldn’t remember exactly who was the first actor to speed through the gate into the street. But I remembered Ha Yu to be on the second car. As he saw fans waved at him, he pulled over. I believe he did remain for a good 15 minutes or so. I may be wrong for a lot of things happened within that 15 minutes. Other cars pulled through the gate, names were excitedly shouted out, fans rushed after their chosen “targets”… Next thing I know, I was directly in front of Angela Tong. She was so beautiful, so elegant, so friendly, so petite! I took a lot of pictures for my friends with Angela but forgot to have one myself. Angela stayed for quite a while with her fans, chatting while having her pictures taken and signing away her autographs.

I really wanted to have a chance to say hi to Wu Fung, but since we’re busy, we didn’t stop him in time and he sped away. I did manage to shake hand and say Congrats to Roger just before he got back into his white Odyssey. I couldn’t help but think of Gallen as I stood there looking at Roger. They both carry around them a fine polite air, highlighted with very cute, almost “timid” way of smiling. After Roger, I ran into Kevin and made a fool out of myself when I completely forgot that Kevin speaks perfect English. It was quite embarrassing and I just hope Kevin wouldn’t mind. It was very nice of him to get out of his car again so that I could have a photo. We also spotted Bosco and Ron on the way back to our “post”.

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Random photos of TVB artists, TVB City, outside the back gate – Nov 19th, 2007. By Mimosa

Later we waved at Charmaine, Myolie, Ray, Tavia and many more. Charmaine and Myolie were so nice off-screen. Charmaine was very friendly while Myolie was really cute. Charmaine chatted with us in English and Cantonese, while Myolie even attempted to speak Vietnamese. She joined us as we counted 1…2…3 in Viet before each snap. Very playful of Myolie! Gallen must have had a nice time working with her on their WDLC.

Since Ray’s fan club wasn’t present that night, he only hesitated his car ever so briefly for a snapshot. The same happened with Tavia. Luckily the TVBVNFC did have some very cute photos of Ray and Tavia (separately, mind you!) taken on the 17th (following TVB 40th Anniversary Awards Show). You might need to register and have a minimum of 10 posts before you could see these pictures in their website. Beside Ray and Tavia, I believe the group also met with Ron, Shirley, Sheren (Tang), Michelle (Yim), Michael (Tse), Sonija (Kwok), and Bosco, among others. Do check it out when you have time.

This little episode at the TVB City’s back gate was not something we have seen on TV, but I thought it was too sweet a surprise to keep from you. It would have been even sweeter if beloved names such as Ada, Flora or Gallen had also been shouted out that night…

Back to those as-seen-on-TV…B items, we’ve visited the Avenue of Stars on TST (think Ivan, Rachel and their breakups); Cafe Deco on the Peak (think Felix and Amy in SOH); Victoria Garden (think Ivan, Rachel, and Sabrina… the episode when Rachel misunderstood Ivan to be an abusive, unfaithful boyfriend when she witnessed him hitting another man and dragged Sabrina away). We tried the midnight snack at a (modified) Dai Pai Dong (think ATE and the brothers’ favourite street eatery), the fish-balls (but couldn’t find the different sauces so that we could wish for luck like Louis’ character in ATE did). I almost tried the smelly tofu (think Flora in UE) but at the end backed out… Mouse is probably still laughing at me for being such a chicken! We also visited Wong Tai Sin Temple to get ourselves the lucky paper windmills, just like the one Flora and Bowie played with in UE2.

We have done a good number of fun things, but also left out a great deal… Top of the list: I missed Gallen by a mere 4-hr window. My plane touched down at 7:55 pm and his function was done at 3:55 the same afternoon. Tough luck!

In a slightly more positive light, I guess that leaves room for … another Hong Kong trip, yes?

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After Gallen left TVB, War and Beauty became a phenomenon, marking the overpowering of female artists in HK (TV) showbiz. It was closely related to the shortage of lead actors. For the last two years, nobody has really taken up TVB’s Yat Gor title. Their TV series do seem to be missing something. I (the reporter) try to push Gallen to reveal his intention on whether or not he would return to HK. But he seems to be truly content with the decisions he has made.

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Screens captured from Divergence (Universe, 2005)

R: Reporter

G: Gallen Lo

R: You rarely come back to HK these past two years?

G: In Mainland I’ve joined in about 4 TV dramas now. Two of them are ancient, My Fair Lady and Lady Wang in Exile. I was the “emperor” in both, one comical, the other heroic. Then there is a modern comedy, Magic Chef, with Dicky Cheung and Francis Ng. Permutation, on the other hand, is an interesting drama on the backdrop of Shanghai 1930s. I could only stay in HK for about 8 to 10 days per visit.

R: How difficult is it for you to adapt to working (condition) in Mainland?

G: I’m pretty much used to it by now. The hardest time was at the beginning, with my family being so far away.

R: Your wife doesn’t go with you?

G: Only when she has time. When my son has breaks, my wife takes him to come and see me for about a week. At the beginning I felt very lonely, since there aren’t so many HK people over there. Often times, only the directors are from HK, while all my fellow actors would be from Mainland. I did need a little time to get used to (the new environment). I guess I need to learn how to relax more. Beside trying to earn a living, I also want to have more friends. People are generally nice and I guess I am now more comfortable. Moreover, working in Mainland enables me to travel and visit many interesting places.

R: War and Beauty shook HK showbiz last year, were you thinking of filming in HK at the time?

G: TVB has contacted me a few times, but my schedule couldn’t accommodate. I still have a couple of projects (contracts) I need to finish. It depends on the script, mostly. Nowadays I hope to be able to pick out an interesting role instead of focusing on how many drama (I could pack into my schedule) each year. I could only then be sure about my performance.

R: The past two years can be seen as a new beginning for you?

G: Most of the projects I’ve committed myself to (these past two years) are from my own choices. And I feel I’ve made quite a number of good decisions. The development goals I set for myself earlier can now be achieved, and they can be achieved at my own pace. That’s the greatest thing. At TVB my colleagues and I usually worked very late hour, and I often spent the nights right there at the studio. There were many things happened around me but I didn’t have time to “see” them… It’s a big change as now I have on average up to 10 hours a day to rest. It benefits not only my health but many other aspects of my life.

R: So it’s not just the financial reason (behind the move from TVB to Mainland)?

G: Money is important, of course. I make more now, yes. But you’re right. I needed to go outside just to see what people are doing, to re-evaluate myself.

R: From what you’ve been sharing, it seems you’ve attained some new life philosophies? How much has Gallen Lo changed these past two years?

G: I hope not much on the outside, haha. But inside me, yes. In my house I have a calligraphy written by one of the top ten Chinese calligraphers. On it was the words Ordinary Heart (lit.), and that’s all I hope I could have. Whatever will be will be, and being worried won’t help much. Many problems need to be solved with certain tolerance and flexibility. It enables you to attain a different perspective on the matter. It’s not so easy to irritate me now, as I know how to be happy. I know when I’m happy, those around me will, too.

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Screens captured from Golden Faith (TVB 2002)

R: Golden Faith is currently aired in Singapore. Both viewing rating and audience’s feedback have been highly positive. The public still prefers you in goodie role, it seems.

G: I was very nervous “being” Ivan, as he’s too good to be true. I kept asking myself whether someone like him was still walking the Earth. Sometimes while rehearsing for the next scene, I just felt totally helpless and didn’t know what to do. I even went to the director. A few times we almost argued. Really, there were details that I didn’t understand why they happened like they did, and not in any other ways. Before I fathomed what Ivan was thinking and feeling, I simply couldn’t act him out. Ivan was a difficult one. He had so many internal conflicts, and so did I (haha). I needed to “believe” him to “be” him. A while after the drama was done and I had more time to ponder, I suddenly realize – it actually is the way of life. Sometimes you have to protect yourself and those beloved to you, and you have to think over each and every word you ever about to use. The distance from individual to individual is getting further and further. Maybe that’s why I don’t really like to use emails or SMS. Why can’t we try to meet in person for a chat?

R : You don’t use emails and SMS?

G: I prefer not to use them. When you meet someone in person, the voice, the eye contact, the tone, everything helps me to “feel” the person. How could a PC transmit that? (Not to mention that) Many people abuse the internet to assume a different identity. I do use SMS when necessary, but try to limit myself since I don’t want to get into the habit.

R : You are old school.

G: I am, I think.

R: You still keep in touch with Jessica (Hsuan)?

G: Much less than before. We both are busy.

R: Leaving TVB means leaving your old life and friends, doesn’t it?

G: Many of my friends work backstage. We used to meet frequently. Since I left it’s been less but whenever I have a chance to come back to HK, I’d ask them to go out. The other reason is that my family has moved to Lantau Island last year. It’s more private and quiet there. Disneyland is opposite from my house, and in the future I can enjoy the nightly firework display.

R: For people like you, changing your life and habit must be hard.

G: I had to mentally prepare myself. Back to the time when Clare and I decided to move out (of my parents’), it was hard since I didn’t want to be away from my family. It was the same when I left TVB… I had slept over the thought for 4 years before reaching the decision. I needed to be sure what I was doing, and how it would affect not only me but also my family.

R: Your family, why?

G: Of course. Moving out means I’m on my own. There would be no guarantee for my family. If it’s not a viable path, it’ll be selfish (for me to choose).

R: Have you had to do anything against your wishes these two years?

G: No, it’s been rather a smooth sail.

R: Have you ever questioned your decision?

G: I’ve never regretted on the decisions I made. Life isn’t that scary as long as you don’t dramatize it.

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I-weekly # 392, May 2005

Special thanks to Mouse for the magazine

Mimosa

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Taking part in Divergence‘s promotional campaign back in May of 2005, Gallen Lo was featured in cover story of I-weekly (Singapore) # 392. The magazine sported a curious and somewhat intriguing title, “Gallen Lo – Reborn”, which turned out to be quite appropriate. For those of you who haven’t come across this article, do read on and you’ll see.

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Special thanks to my sister, Mouse, for sending me the magazine as a gift!

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R: Reporter

G: Gallen

R: You’ve been receiving quite a number of positive comments for your portrayal (of Yiu) in Divergence. Did you expect this (outcome) while filming?

G: No, I was busy trying my best. The same sort of feeling I had had back to my days with TVB. If I couldn’t successfully complete my part, I’d feel awful. There’s always the thought that I might have done better, so for every new role, I’d tell myself to push forth and try something new. The audience may or may not see it, but I still hope to freshen my acting. The most important thing is a good role/script. It was my luck to be able to join Divergence.

R: You shouldn’t have any problem portraying this different (evil) type of character, should you?

G: This character (Yiu) still has in him a bit of humanity. He’s not completely evil. My greatest challenge was the short screen time. Most of the emotional and psychological changes Yiu experienced wasn’t spelled out on the script. I had to imagine and live them from scene to scene. What had happened to my character since the last scene? Had he spent all the nights up? Had he exhausted all the possible means to get back his son? etc… I needed to follow his thought process closely, step by step. I was very tensed at the beginning, mostly due to the fact that I rarely film movies, and partly due to the famous director, Benny Chan. I had very little idea of what to expect, but I knew for sure that if I wasn’t comfortable, I wouldn’t be able to act. I always need a friendly atmosphere in order to perform well. Director Chan actually encouraged me a great deal. After each scene, he would go over it with me, give me pointers. He didn’t criticize.

R: You, Angelica (Lee), and Arron (Kwok) seem to be very close at the press conference.

G: We have great fun doing this promotional tour. Prior to arriving here (Singapore), we have stopped at Beijing, Shanghai and a few other places. We dine together, have a drink or two, chat, and feel good as a group. (I feel) there isn’t any hint of jealousy or competition.

R: Contradicting to what everyone has been speculating about and afraid of, then? When Divergence has just started filming, Hongkong media mentioned something about the actors competing for screen time…

G: That’s HK media. They need a hot topic for discussion. There’s no such thing but the media could report whatever they please. To be frank, I haven’t really paid attention to what they’ve been reporting in the last two years. I won’t let it slide if their reports hurt my family. Otherwise I don’t mind. Back to the topic of filming, I truly am only a rookie in movie industry. Like it or not, I’d have to begin slow and carefully.

R: It’s you who think of yourself as a rookie. People think you’re being modest.

G: Hahaha

R: You really don’t mind the amount of screen time Yiu has in Divergence, as well as the fact that you are not on the official poster?

G: Not at all. I value more the opportunity to give my best in each and every scene. If I let myself being distracted by the side issues, I wouldn’t have been able to excel on what I love to do. Since young, I’ve been always like that. I focus on the tasks I set out to do and try not to be side-tracked. (In the past,) when I had to act, I acted. When I had to sing, I sang. When an interview needed to be done, I accepted the invitation. To me, the pressure builds up when I leave tasks unfinished.

R: So far it seems you are great at everything you do.

G: It really doesn’t matter. The pressure is always there. I used to be very high-strung, hence often I felt depressed. But for the last two years a few changes have taken places, and along the way, things that used to appear impossible have turned into possibilities. Just before coming here we stopped in Beijing, where we accepted interviews until 1 am. We were exhausted but let’s face it, this is a part of our jobs. If I keep on dwelling into the negative aspects and thoughts, at the end the only unhappy person will be me. If you put a positive spin on the things that have to be done, you’ll be happier. A lot of times you are your own savior, nobody is able to help you.

R: How are you about having a name in movie industry?

G: I’m new…

R: Nobody will think of you as a newbie.

G: I’m afraid so. Hence I’ll have to try even harder. But of course opinions are and will vary from person to person. I won’t be thinking about how people look at me (judge me). I will just get going with what I love to do. I don’t think I’ll need to explain too much or have myself compared to anyone.

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