After months of secrecy and media speculation, TVB finally announced the cast for Eric Tsang’s (曾志偉) new drama, Aerobic Girls <舞室保衛戰>. Attending the press conference were 90s stars Carman Lee (李若彤), Angie Cheong (張慧儀), Rachel Lee (李麗珍), Elvina Kong (江欣燕), Fennie Yuen (袁潔瑩), Gloria Yip (葉蘊儀), and Flora Chan (陳慧珊), confirming their appearances as the seven female leads of Aerobic Girls.
Aerobic Girls is a loose adaptation of the 2011 South Korean film Sunny, a story about a middle-aged woman who reunites with her high school friends. Like the film, Aerobic Girls will alternate between two timelines – one during present day and another when the friends were still in high school.
Twenty-three-year-old model-actress Anjaylia Chan (陳嘉寶) will portray the younger version of Carman Lee. Newcomer Winki Lai (賴慰玲) will portray Angie Cheong’s high school counterpart; Sugar Club’s (糖兄妹) Kandy Wong (糖妹) will portray Gloria Yip, Venus Wong (王敏奕) will portray Rachel Lee, AOA’s younger twin member Annice Wu (吳燕菁) will portray Elvina Kong, Super Girls’ Cheronna Ng (吳嘉熙) will portray Fennie Yuen, and Jeanie Chan (陳瀅) will portray Flora Chan.
Carman Lee Wants Children
Carman, best known for her wuxia roles in the 90s adaptations of Jin Yong’s (金庸) novels, retired from the industry after filming the television drama The Shocking Legend of Song Dynasty <大宋惊世傳奇>, which also starred Eric Tsang, in 2004. She made a television comeback for the mainland Chinese variety show, Let’s Shake It <舞林大會>, a Shanghai-based celebrity dancing competition, in 2008. Her brief return to the industry was said to be for her ex-boyfriend Martin Kwok (郭應泉), who was massively in debt after his company crashed in the financial crisis. Carman was reportedly hired for $45,000 HKD to star in Let’s Shake It.
Currently single, Carman expressed at the press conference that she has relocated her efforts to take care of her niece in the past four years. “She is my sister’s daughter. We are very close, and I treat her as my own. Some people mistook her as my daughter. I really wish it was so. I would be so, so happy if I had one!”
Although Carman loves children, she joked, “A single egg can’t breed on its own! I’ve been single for four years. I never married, and I don’t know if I have any pursuers. I am waiting for fate.”
Angie Cheong Will Consider Filming More Dramas
After breaking up with her fiancé in 2003, Angie left Hong Kong to pursue a career in Malaysia. Years later, she left Malaysia to start a food business in mainland China. The 42-year-old admitted that it was Eric Tsang who convinced her to return to acting. Planning for a longer stay in Hong Kong, Angie revealed that she also brought her 10-year-old adopted son, Hanson, to Hong Kong with her.
Angie excitedly said, “I am really looking forward to this drama!” Asked if Angie will film more dramas in the future, she said, “My focus is still my business, but I will consider it.”
Teresa Mo Still Involved
Producer Eric Tsang lamented that preparing for the shooting of Aerobic Girls is even more stressful than producing three films. He also revealed that Carman Lee and Rachel Lee will have more screen time compared to the rest of the main leads, explaining that their characters will start off the story with their conflict. “But there are many scenes with all seven of them being together, so essentially they will all have about equal amounts of screen time.”
Eric expressed that he is grateful to have found 14 enthusiastic ladies to star in his first TVB television drama. “The newcomers are really happy to finally take part in a formal production. The older seven haven’t acted in a long time, but they are all very excited.”
Teresa Mo (毛舜筠), who was on the shortlist for starring in Aerobic Girls earlier this year, decided to drop out of filming a month earlier due to obligations to her family. Eric revealed that although Teresa is unable to commit to the shooting schedule of Aerobic Girls, she will be involved in the production as an instructor. “She really likes the drama, so she recommended herself to be an [acting] instructor,” claimed Eric.
Lawrence Ng (吳啟華) will also star in the Aerobic Girls, leading the male cast. Lawrence Cheng (鄭丹瑞) has already signed on to star in a guest appearance, and Eric disclosed that he is urging old friend Alan Tam (譚詠麟) to star in a cameo role. “The girls in the story are huge fans of Alan Tam. His songs will be played throughout the drama.” Eric then added with a laugh, “I haven’t talked to Alan about this yet. I will leave this problem to [TVB head] Charles Chan (陳國強). Please pressure him, everyone!”
Source: Apple Daily via ihktv.com
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.