Promoting siu sangs and fadans have always been a tactic of TVB’s. In the 1970s, the station’s top leading fadans were Liza Wang (汪明荃), Angie Chiu (趙雅芝), Gigi Wong (黃淑儀), and Louise Lee (李司棋). During much of the 1980s, it was Idy Chan (陳玉蓮), Barbara Yung (翁美玲), Carina Lau (劉嘉玲), Margie Tsang (曾華倩), Jaime Chik (戚美珍), and Yammie Lam (藍潔瑛). In the early 1990s, it was Maggie Shiu(邵美琪), Kathy Chow (周海媚), Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯), Adia Chan (陳松伶), and Anita Lee (李婉華). The latter half of the 1990s to the early millennium saw the rise of Esther Kwan (關詠荷), Ada Choi (蔡少芬), Flora Chan (陳慧珊), Kenix Kwok (郭可盈), Jessica Hsuan (宣萱), and Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (張可頤). Gigi Lai (黎姿), and Charmaine Sheh (佘诗曼) soon followed.
Our current top TVB fadans of today are Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Tavia Yeung (楊怡),Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣), Fala Chen (陳法拉), and Kate Tsui (徐子珊). Of the five, Myolie and Tavia have already achieved top critical honors in the Hong Kong television industry, winning TVB’s Best Actress award in the 2011 and 2012 award seasons, respectively.
Myolie Has No Worries
“It’s not bad to get recognized for your acting even when you don’t win an award,” said Myolie. “But this is what’s challenging about this industry. When you know you’re nominated, you will always tell everyone that it doesn’t matter if you win or not, but winning is a kind of recognition for the actor. You will definitely build a lot more confidence.”
Contrary to popular belief, winning the TV Queen honor has actually lessened Myolie’s stress. “People say that winning awards gives you more pressure, but I actual feel more relaxed! I have been swimming for all these years, and now I feel like I can finally go back on shore to rest! My acting is not as tense as before. I worried too much in the past, but now, I can let out a big sigh of relief.”
The Netizens as Her Judge
“Online forums are very powerful,” exclaimed Myolie. “The netizens can even pick out how many times I would cry in the final episode, and they’re not making it up!” She joked, “If my acting gets recognized and praised from netizens, then that means [my acting has] reached to the highest level. But of course, there are times when their views can get really subjective.
“There are many different roles I want to tackle in the future. I usually play characters that are happy and young; an exception was my role in Ghetto Justice <怒火街頭>. Now I have more opportunities to choose my roles. I felt like I’ve just crawled from hell to heaven. I do have demands for myself, and I want to take another step higher. I still have so many things I want to do. Honestly, I feel like I’m still living in the moment [of winning Best Actress]!”
Myolie’s Thoughts on TVB’s Four Fadans
On Tavia Yeung– “She is at about the same level as I am, as we debuted at around the same time. When we filmed Eternal Happiness <再生緣> [in mainland China], she was my roommate. We keep in contact, and when she encounters something difficult in her life, I will send her a text message to give her my support.”
On Linda Chung– “I am closest to her [out of the four]. House of Harmony and Vengeance<耀舞長安> was our first drama together. She is very pure and kind. Once, she called me and told me that she was very confused [with the script], and I would give her my advice. She is like my little sister.”
On Kate Tsui– “We’ve never collaborated, and both of us have very different styles.”
Many reports indicated that Myolie replaced Charmaine Sheh as TVB’s number one sister after Charmaine left the station last year. Myolie did not agree with these claims, and said, “I admire her very much! She’s a splendid actress! It’s unfortunate that we’ve never properly collaborated before. We were both in The Drive of Life <歲月風雲>, but we rarely shared scenes with each other. Hopefully, I’ll have the opportunity [to work with her] in the future!”
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