TVB actors, Koo Ming Wah (古明華) and Power Chan (陳國邦), have both been in the entertainment industry for two decades without recognition. This year, their roles in Divas in Distress <巴不得媽媽> and The Confidant <大太監> were respectively well received by the audience. Both former graduates of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts have a high chance to claim Best Supporting Actor at this year’s TVB Anniversary Awards.
Koo Ming Wah’s Acting Skills Recognized After 22 Years
Cast in small roles for the majority of his acting career, Koo Ming Wah did not have many opportunities to showcase his acting abilities. This year became a turning point in his career, in which his popularity soared after the broadcast of TVB drama, Divas in Distress. Netizens praised his acting skills in portraying the character, So Gei. His successful performance won him My Favorite Popularity King at the 2012 Astro on Demand Awards.
Asked if he has the confidence to receive more awards at the TVB Awards ceremony, Koo Ming Wah replied, “I have confidence in myself, but that doesn’t mean I have the chance for an award. Being in the industry for so many years, I’ve never taken awards so seriously. Why should I start caring so much about it now?” Koo Ming Wah got emotional when it was mentioned that his deceased mother did not get to see him rise in popularity. “If I do get an award, I would visit her grave and say, ‘Mom, I finally got it!’”
To achieve the recognition he has today, Koo Ming Wah recalls overcoming several hardships throughout his career. He admitted that he felt the difference of treatment from others at times when he was not as popular. However, keeping an optimistic mindset, he mentioned that it is a natural response from society.
Power Chan Once Considered Leaving Industry
Just like Koo Ming Wah, Power Chan has been diligently working in the industry for countless years, oftentimes with little merit and financial reward. Recently, his portrayal of Pang Sam Shun in The Confidant earned him the nomination for this year’s Best Supporting Actor. He managed to impress the audience with his role as a palace eunuch who serves within the management bureau.
Power Chan admitted that failing to achieve recognition in the industry after working for so many years disheartened him. In fact, six or seven years earlier, he had thought of leaving. When he was nominated and lost the HKFA Best Supporting Actor award in 1994, he felt dejected. “I regarded failure very seriously in the past, but now I have learned to take things easily. Each time, I would remind myself how much I love acting as a career.”
What would Power do if he receives an award this year? “The first thing for me would be to celebrate with my wife [Mimi Lo 羅敏莊] and daughter! But when the time comes, the cast would surely drag me to celebrate with them first!”
Source: Oriental Daily
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