After leaving TVB, Steven Ma (马浚伟) made exciting strides in his career. Aside from being highly in demand as an actor in mainland China and increasing his income immensely, Steven will take on the new challenge as a scriptwriter in September. Steven may also join the increasing number of artists in setting up his own production company and become a television producer in China!
Steven Ma Portrays Two Characters in New Drama
Appearing at last week’s Shanghai TV Festival, Steven Ma promoted his new mainland China drama, Yuan Yang Pei <鸳鸯配>, with costars Zhang Meng (张檬) and Eric Huang (黄少棋). At the Shanghai TV Festival, various artists’ filming fees became a hotly speculated topic. While Steven had stated that he needed to film one-and-half drama before he was able to purchase a luxury home, he clarified yesterday that his salary has not reached $200,000 RMB per television drama episode yet.
In Yuan Yang Pei, Steven will portray two characters with opposite personalities. Based on the novel, When Love Is A Thing Of the Past <当爱已成往事>, the drama revolved around a case of mistaken identities and a mysterious love story. In a struggle to win the family’s wealthy assets, Tang Ting Xuan’s (Steven Ma) elder brother plotted to murder him. Cheerful waiter, Lai Fok (Steven Ma) was mistaken for Ting Xuan and killed due to their identical appearances. To preserve his own safety, Ting Xuan assumes the identity of Lai Fok. However, Lai Fok’s girlfriend, Wing Yan (Zhang Meng) suspects things are amiss and vows to uncover the truth. As Wing Yan proceeds to uncover Ting Xuan’s past, a turbulent chain of events arise.
Discussing the difficulty of portraying two characters in Yuan Yang Pei, Steven stated that Lai Fok was a cheerful and straightforward personality, while Ting Xuan possessed a darker and more elusive side. He also complemented his costar Zhang Meng, who was 23 years old, yet possessed a maturity and deep perspective in her acting performance.
Reaching for Greater Career Heights After TVB
Steven’s current success in mainland drama certainly proved that it was the right decision to leave TVB earlier this year. After working at the company for 19 years, Steven wished to broaden his vision in life and professional opportunities. Certainly, working with a more diverse group of actors was a catalyst for new acting perspectives. Steven said, “I know TVB artists very well since we often collaborate in series together. An actress may play my romantic partner in one series and my younger sister in the next. I hope to be able to absorb and learn more things. ”
Filming a fencing scene for Yuan Yang Pei in Hengdian yesterday, Steven’s face was beaded with sweat in the sweltering summer heat. Putting his writing skills to good use, Steven will next star in a new drama in which he will also serve as scriptwriter. The drama will film in Shenzhen in September.
Aside from being a scriptwriter, Steven is also interested in becoming a director and television producer. Earlier, an investor had expressed interest to support Steven Ma in establishing his own production company. After he completes filming Yuan Yang Pei in the next few days, Steven will have one month free. He will utilize this time to conduct business meetings in Beijing, Wuhan, and Shanghai regarding the founding of his own production company.
Sends Love Message to Ex-Girlfriend
Although experiencing luck in his career, Steven’s love life was currently blank. In January 2012, Steven had broken up with girlfriend of 8 years, Vivian Hui. Although the pair’s relationship took a positive turn, it appeared that they were not officially back together yet. Steven said, “I have not changed in my love. If it is possible to continue the relationship, that is best!”
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Jayne: I can imagine Steven Ma being a good scriptwriter, with his thoughtfulness and good writing skills. It will be interesting to see what material he comes up with.JayneStars Media LLC reserves all copyrights. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. By using the JayneStars website, you accept and agree to our Terms and Conditions of Use.