Lawrence Ng (吳啟華) was perfect partners with Ada Choi (蔡少芬) in 1998’s Healing Hands <妙手仁心>. Lawrence revealed that he had real feelings for Ada at the time, but never told her since he was afraid of risking their friendship. Although Lawrence never confessed his love, Ada was able to catch the vibes, but never gave Lawrence a chance since she was looking for a Christian partner.
Lawrence revealed, “I was very compatible as an onscreen couple with Ada Choi. Many people asked whether our love also materialized off screen. Since both of us were not married yet, and she is a beautiful woman with good qualities, I truly considered it!”
Partnering in Files of Justice V <壹號皇庭V> and the first two installments of Healing Hands, Lawrence was slow to warm up to Ada and did not talk to her socially until Healing Hands. When Lawrence fell for Ada, he had difficulty extricating himself from the feelings after filming Healing Hands.
Scared to Tell Ada
“I did not [confess my feelings] to Ada at the time…I was scared to do so! I had to clearly consider that we were colleagues and it was not that good to do such things. If we cannot become lovers, then it will harm the friendship. The feelings finally dulled with time,” Lawrence recalled.
Falling for Other Costars
Ada Choi was not the first costar Lawrence had feelings for. In the 1980s, Lawrence also had a crush on Margie Tsang (曾華倩), but the press linked him with Yammie Nam (藍潔瑛) instead. Lawrence denied that he had dated Yammie, while pointing out that she was actually more friendly with his elder brother, Ng Kai Ming (吳啟明).
In 2002, Lawrence fell for costar, Iva Law (羅泳嫻), after filming Fate Twisters <黑夜彩虹>. They dated for one and a half years, before Lawrence found a more suitable girlfriend in mainland China. The paparazzi photographed Lawrence with his new girlfriend and claimed that he was with a mainland prostitute, a rumor that angered Lawrence severely and ended his relationship with Iva.
In 2007, Lawrence married his second wife, mainland model, Shi Yang Zi (石洋子). Although the couple have a 21-year age gap, this did not present any problems for them. Lawrence loved Shi Yang Zi because of her cheerful and vibrant personality.
Ada Had Many Pursuers
During their Healing Hands partnership, Ada felt that Lawrence was interested in her. Aside from looking for a Christian partner, Ada felt that their personalities were incompatible. “Actually, many people tried to pursue me in the entertainment industry. I am able to distinguish very clearly who are only friends; I will not gamble on any friendships!”
Lawrence was a Christian turned Buddhist, who impressed Ada with his compassionate personality and treating his friends well. Ada recalled that there was a production assistant who had asked Lawrence and herself to borrow money. “I felt that the PA was lying and did not lend him money, but Lawrence did. I asked Lawrence why he had to lend money to the PA; Lawrence said that it was important to help out someone. So I felt that he had a kind heart!”
Still Good Friends
Perhaps it was a good decision for Lawrence and Ada to choose remaining friends. Both are married to different partners with children now, but their friendship has remained for more than decade. Focusing his career in mainland China in recent years, Lawrence continues to visit Ada and her husband, Max Zhang (張晉), when he returns to Hong Kong.
Source: Oriental Daily via ihktv.com
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