TVB’s latest prime-time television drama Never Dance Alone <女人俱樂部> has become a hot topic of discussion among television audiences in Hong Kong. With the story told in two timelines – the past and the present – the nostalgia-inducing comedy drama brings back the goddesses of the nineties Carman Lee (李若彤), Rachel Lee (李麗珍), Fennie Yuen (袁潔瑩), Flora Chan (陳慧珊), Gloria Yip (葉蘊儀), Angie Cheong (張慧儀), and Elvina Kong (江欣燕). Although debut week ratings were less than stellar, Never Dance Alone has been earning positive reviews from both critics and viewers, and it is expected for ratings to continue to rise throughout its month-long broadcast.
Besides the seven leads, the actresses who portray their younger versions have also been achieving popularity. Netizens gave them the nickname “New Generation of Young Male Killers”, noting the girls’ beauty and kind images.
Anjaylia Chan – Younger Version of Carman Lee
Anjaylia Chan (陳嘉寶) debuted as a pseudomodel in 2009, but has been participating in various acting projects since 2010. She appeared in many Patrick Kong films, such as Love Is the Only Answer <人約離婚後> and The Best Plan Is No Plan <溝女不離三兄弟>.
Venus Wong – Younger Version of Rachel Lee
Arguably the most popular of the younger actresses, Venus Wong (王敏奕), born in Guangzhou but raised in Hong Kong, was a model before she tapped into the acting industry. The 22-year-old debuted her first acting performance in the 2008 horror film Forgive and Forget <親愛的>, directed by Patrick Kong. She also took part in the EEG films Diva <DIVA華麗之後> and The Midas Touch <超級經理人>. Never Dance Alone was her debut television drama.
Cheronna Ng – Younger Version of Fennie Yuen
Cheronna Ng (吳嘉熙) debuted as a member of the Cantopop girl group Super Girls in 2012. She has been in the business since 2010 – when she first started filming commercials – and has also taken part in mini films with her bandmates. Never Dance Alone is Cheronna’s debut television drama. The 24-year-old has revealed that she used to be quite chubby when she was younger, earning her the nickname “Bomb Dragon”.
Jeannie Chan – Younger Version of Flora Chan
Born and raised in Canada, Jeannie Chan’s (陳瀅) similarities with Flora Chan go beyond physical attributes. The 24-year-old is an alumnus of the University of British Columbia and has filmed many commercials and blockbuster films prior to shooting Never Dance Alone, her first television drama. Her first film was 2012’s Cold War <寒戰>, in which she made a small appearance as an ICAC officer. She was also in Together <在一起> and Horseplay <盜馬記>.
Kandy Wong – Younger Version of Gloria Yip
Kandy Wong (黃山怡), the oldest of the younger cast at 26 years old, debuted in 2010 as the main vocalist of the pop duo Sugar Club, the other member being Sebastian Poon (潘雲峰), the main songwriter and guitarist. Kandy’s debut drama was the 2011 miniseries, Dropping By Cloud Nine <你們我們他們>.
Winki Lai – Younger Version of Angie Cheong
Never Dance Alone is Winki Lai’s (賴慰玲) first major project since graduating acting school. Despite her lack of experience, netizens have praised Winki’s professionalism and her acting in the series.
Annice Wu – Younger Version of Elvina Kong
Annice Wu (吳燕菁) is one-half of the pop duo AOA, the other member being her older twin sister, Annelle Wu (吳燕珊). The 26-year-old twins, born in Guangzhou, have released two commercially successful EPs since their debut under Gold Typhoon in 2012. Never Dance Aloneis Annice’s first television drama since her debut in Hong Kong.
Heidi Lee – Carman Lee’s Daughter
Portraying the teenage daughter of Carman Lee, Heidi Lee (李靜儀) – also a member of Super Girls – had her first major acting debut with Never Dance Alone. The 23-year-old shared many scenes with Carman, who praised Heidi for being a hard worker.
Source: East Week
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.