Maggie Cheung (张可颐) has been filming in mainland China since she left TVB in 2011. Her latest period drama, Lu Zhen Legend (陆贞传奇) shown on satellite TV has been a hit in Hunan. Her role as Lou Qing Qiang (娄青蔷) caught the attention of many viewers with good comments on her impressive acting.
In an interview, Maggie commented that Lou Qing Qiang’s evilness is very three dimensional, and that it was very satisfying to act the character. Maggie also revealed that she was inspired to accept this role because she was told that Lou Qing Qiang is a thoroughly bad person, a marked departure from Maggie’s previous roles. When asked how she rated her performance, Maggie humbly said that it depends on the response of viewers and she will consider taking on such interesting villain roles in the future.
Airing in Hong Kong earlier, Beauty at War (金枝慾孽貳) had a similar theme to Lu Zhen Legend. However, Beauty at War was not as well received as its predecessor, War and Beauty <金枝慾孽>. Having participated in the first series, Maggie said, “I have watched Beauty at War, it was not bad. Perhaps these few years there were just too many dramas on palace conflict; viewers find it boring and lose their interest. This time, the script and dialogue are still very good, perhaps viewers’ expectations are too high.”
After acting in mainland Chinese productions, Maggie said that she has been very happy. “Mainland China’s period dramas are much better than Hong Kong’s; this time the director for this drama was from Hong Kong and I got along very well with the crew members here.”
Maggie’s wish is to try many different roles in the future. She would like to try her hand in comedies like the recent hit drama New Stories From The Editiorial Board (新编辑部故事) and hopes that good scripts will be waiting for her.
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