Linda Chung: “I Considered Dating Raymond Lam!”
Maintaining her pure image after 8 years in the entertainment industry, Linda Chung’s (鍾嘉欣) love rumors only circulated around Raymond Lam (林峯) and Philip Ng (伍允龍). After filming Moonlight Resonance <溏心風暴之家好月圓)>, Linda and Raymond’s rumors spread so intensely, leading even insiders to wonder if they were truly a couple. Fans wished that their onscreen romance would turn into a real-life courtship as well. Due to the strength of the rumors, even Linda had also considered dating Raymond!
Chose Philip Ng Over Raymond Lam?
Raymond Lam was Linda’s most heavily rumored costar after filming Moonlight Resonance in 2006. Linda recollected, “Every newspaper said that we were physically compatible. The rumors almost forced us to date, making me truly consider–for a moment–whether I should try dating Raymond Lam? It was only a moment in time!” However, Linda’s thought disappeared as quickly as it surfaced, stating that she realized she did not have this feeling anymore. “Why did it not work? I truly do not know! Dating is about feelings; I truly do not have such feelings. How can we date?”
Although Linda did not elaborate on the reasons why she did not end up dating Raymond, perhaps meeting Philip Ng in 2007 on the set of Love Is Not All Around <十分愛> may have been partially the reason. Linda and Philip’s romantic rumors have only gained in strength over the last 5 years. Although broke-up rumors surfaced earlier, Linda only replied, “He (Philip) is a very trustworthy man. Our relations are very harmonious!”
Linda added that she never told Raymond how she felt. Linda indicated that she was slow in getting to know her costars. “Although I have filmed 4 dramas with Steven Ma (馬浚偉), we only got to know each other more in our recent collaborations. Why would I tell Raymond? I definitely did not have a crush on Raymond; please do not misunderstand! I am only colleagues and friends with him!”
Raymond Lam Pleased By Linda Chung’s Admission
When Raymond learned of Linda considering dating him, he said, “I felt the same way! This is very normal. My heart will be moved too. Our characters were very popular during Moonlight Resonance. It was very successful! To us, this was a television masterpiece, especially the first installment. There were many dating scenes–especially in Heart of Greed–it was as if we were dating everyday at work!”
Although both Raymond and Linda possessed good feelings towards each other, they both dismissed the feelings after the drama ended. Raymond explained, “We were immersed in our roles! After immersing in the role, you have to pull yourself out of it.” Adding that future sparks may appear in their next collaboration, Raymond extricated himself gracefully from additional speculation.
A Purity Untouched
In an earlier interview, Steven spoke about his three good friends, Tavia Yeung (楊怡), Fala Chen (陳法拉), and Linda Chung, whom he regarded as god-sisters. Steven praised Tavia for her straightforward and independent character, Fala for improving in her communications and adaptability, and Linda for her purity. While he felt that Linda’s personality was a rarity to be treasured–especially in the entertainment industry–Steven was concerned that Linda’s naivete will not survive outside the “greenhouse” of TVB.
Indeed, it appeared as if Linda’s purity remained untouched despite being in the entertainment industry for 8 years. Pointing to her clean and “boring” image, Linda professed that she was never asked on a dinner date with wealthy businessman. She never saw the “dark side” of the entertainment industry that was popularly rumored. She added, “It’s not because I did not wish to go; I also wanted to go and see where to eat these meals and what was served!”
Linda pointed to her bland image as being unable to generate more interesting news. “When I see reporters, I feel that there are not many negative rumors they can ask me. My news often revolved around my frugality, being good, and working hard and falling sick! I also wish to have a rumored costar to earn money at shows! Wouldn’t that be great? Ha ha!”
Adapting to Life in Hong Kong
Winning the 2004 Miss Chinese International crown at 18 years old, Linda professed that she was very shy initially while communicating with other people. Since Linda had relied on her parents, elder brother, and elder sister in Canada while growing up, she was homesick for a long period of time, crying each time she thought of her father. “When I first entered TVB, I took every job because I lacked security. When one drama after another was released, the frequent output made me feel better.”
In her initial years at TVB, Linda considered whether she should quit the entertainment industry. At 22-years-old, she decided to remain at TVB, as her communications skills with other people improved. In addition, the popularity of her character in Heart of Greed <溏心風暴> gave her more confidence that there was promise in her acting career. “If I were to return to Canada, I can only become an elementary school teacher. It will definitely not be as colorful as in Hong Kong.”
Critics have continued to praise Linda’s acting skills in recent years, stating that she was ready to win the TV Queen title. Despite lacking confidence in prior years, Linda’s new goal was to strive towards the TVB Best Actress Award. “I did not say that I have to win the Best Actress Award this year, but at least compete in this category. I am not saying that I am Number 1 Sister, but rather it is necessary to have confidence in myself. Confidence makes things possible.”
In the entertainment industry, Linda’s friends were few. “Leanne Li (李亞男), Tavia Yeung (楊怡) and Philip Ng are my good friends. Now, there is also Steven Ma and ‘Daddy’ Ha Yu (夏雨)!”
Observing A Man For 2 Years Before Dating
Perhaps Linda’s public image was a reflection of her true-life personality, which tended to be conservative. She preferred to observe a friend for two years before dating a man. “When I date, I wish to get married! However, how many men are willing to be friends with me for 2 years?” Although she had just turned 28 years old, Linda was not concerned that she will become a “leftover woman.” Her parents in Canada were not anxious either, cautioning her to consider carefully first.
While Linda’s acting skills continued to show improvement and her crying scenes were especially able to move the audience, she envisioned retiring 10 years later. “I hope I will not be acting at that time, changing into a new role. Aside from my husband and baby, my family can live close to my house, so we can take care of each other!” Prioritizing her health, Linda added that it was important to experience different stages in life in order to grow and mature.
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Jayne: Wow, a lot of Linda interviews recently. Perhaps TVB arranged all these interviews for her prior to her vacation in Canada, in order to promote Daddy Good Deeds. Since Steven Ma is no longer with TVB, all the interviews fell on Linda’s shoulders.
Glad to hear that her friendship with Philip Ng is still “harmonious.” Perhaps she had put Raymond Lam on observation as a friend for 2 years, which was Linda’s habit, when she met Philip around the same time in 2007. Thus, her potential with Raymond did not develop further. They sound happy recollecting about their “love feelings” while filming “Moonlight Resonance” though.