“Frozen” by TVB in 2019, Ali Lee (李佳芯) is finally given a chance to shine again. AI Rhapsody <智能愛人> is currently airing on subscription platform, myTV Super, and will also be broadcast this summer on TVB Jade. Portraying an emotionless android in the drama, Ali takes on her most challenging role to-date.
Despite her Best Actress win in 2018, Ali’s status at TVB became shaky after making a politically sensitive comment on social media. TVB immediately halted all her dramas and she was pulled out of the casting list for four dramas, including Plan “B” <寶寶大過天>, Legal Mavericks 2020 <踩過界II>, Big White Duel 2 <白色強人II>, and Kids’ Lives Matter <星空下的仁醫>.
Recognizing Ali’s talent, TVB tested the waters last year by airing Death by Zero <殺手> to observe viewers’ reactions. With the positive reception, Ali was subsequently cast in AI Rhapsody, where she portrays an android who primarily functions as a family maid. She unexpectedly becomes attracted to Billy Luk’s (陸永) character, and even has fantasies about him.
Billy Luk and Crystal Fung Praise Ali’s Acting
In the drama, Ali competes against Crystal Fung (馮盈盈) for Billy’s heart. Crystal praised Ali for being able to portray such a difficult role. “She is not allowed to blink and she has to keep her eyes wide open for many minutes. One time, her eyes were so dry that her contact lens fell out. Even I got rashes from filming in the intense heat.”
Billy believes that Ali’s acting is beyond the level of a TV Queen. “She is able to portray a non-living being so well, that she should win an inanimate object acting award. It is very tiring [to act this way]; she was amazing!”
TVB executives are very pleased with Ali’s performance and decided to give the actress a second chance, which is why the station recently aired Beauty and the Boss <愛美麗狂想曲> and variety show Doggie Training Camp <狗狗診療所>, which she co-hosts with Gregory Charles Rivers (河國榮).
With TVB’s gestures perhaps paving a road for her to win Best Actress again this year, Ali remained modest, “As long as I fulfill the duties of an actress, I will leave everything else to the company.”
“AI Rhapsody” Trailer
This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.