Isabella Leong (梁洛施) officially announced her comeback this week and is set to star in famed director Sylvia Chang (張艾嘉)’s upcoming movie Nian Nian <念念>.
The former EEG artist first stepped foot into the entertainment industry when she just 12 years old. At 15, Isabella debuted as a singer and released five albums. She also participated in several films, winning acclaim for her performance in 2006’s Isabella <伊莎貝拉>. In 2007, Isabella was given a supporting role in Hollywood film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. While on-set, co-star Michelle Yeoh (楊紫瓊) introduced 19-year-old Isabella to 41-year-old Richard Li (李澤楷), son of billionaire businessman Li Ka Shing (李嘉誠). Isabella and Richard quickly fell in love and began dating.
During this time, Isabella claimed that her 10-year contract with EEG was no longer enforceable and demanded release. As a response, EEG filed a lawsuit against her for breach of contract. Both parties eventually settled out of court. Isabella retreated from the limelight, but not before making one last headline: she was pregnant with Richard’s child. In 2009, Isabella gave birth to son Ethan Lee (李 長治). A set of twin boys followed the very next year. Despite the happy image projected by their family photos, Isabella and Richard announced their breakup in early 2011 and agreed to share custody of their three children.
There have been many rumors and speculation on whether Isabella will one day return to the industry. Although her spokesperson repeatedly denied any intent to return to the big screen, Isabella is still passionate about acting and has been waiting for the right time and the right script.
On September 3, Isabella attended the Taiwan press conference for upcoming film Nian Nian. Directed by Sylvia Chang, the film stars Isabella as an artist who is insecure about her own talent, Lawrence Ko (柯宇綸) as a tour guide who works hard to make ends meet, and Joseph Chang (張 孝全) as a struggling boxer who can only sit and watch from the sidelines. The story will revolve around the lives of these three young people and how one event changes their lives forever. The film will begin principle photography this month and is set to be released next year.
To prepare for her comeback, Isabella has moved to Taiwan to better understand the locals’ way of living. She is also studying drawing and working hard to lose weight. Isabella expressed excitement over her new project, saying that she quickly accepted the offer because of its director, cast, and great script. When asked to describe how she feels about her comeback, Isabella was at a loss for words, saying simply “Very happy”. Since Isabella will be busy filming over the next few months, her mother and her former love Richard will take turns caring for her children.
Speaking about Isabella, director Chang feels that they are destined to work with each other. When asked about Isabella’s salary, Sylvia said that the price is reasonable for the type of film they are making. She also added words of encouragement for her 25-year-old star. “Her past is of no importance. What matters is her future. She is a good mother who loves her children, and she also loves films. It takes courage to step out [to the public] once again.”
Source: Oriental Daily
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.