After Ali Lee (李佳芯) won Best Actress at the 2018 TVB Anniversary Awards for her performance in Who Wants a Baby <BB來了>, it was expected that she’d be heavily promoted and achieve greater success at work. However, she suffered a huge career setback when her strong political views upset TVB management. Despite denials of being “frozen” by the station, her lack of work made it obvious. On top of that, she was reportedly dropped from four dramas.
In addition to being taken out of Legal Mavericks 2 <踩過界II>, Plan “B” <BB大晒>, and the Big White Duel 2 <白色強人II>, it’s been reported that she was also dropped from the upcoming 7 Princesses <七公主> (literal translation). According to reports, Ali was supposed to play the lead role, but TVB decided to give up on her and passed the opportunity to Priscilla Wong (黃翠如), who has a better image and listens to the company management.
It turns out this isn’t the first time Priscilla replaced Ali. It is said that Ali refused to film Life After Death <那些我愛過的人> during a holiday period after winning TV Queen because she wanted to earn quick money through other events. As a result, Priscilla was cast for the role. Although displeased, TVB management let it slide, and gave Ali roles in Death By Zero <殺手>, and Amelia’s Rhapsody <愛美麗狂想曲> afterward.
Maintaining good relations, Ali is often well looked after by producers, particularly 7 Princesses producer Joe Chan (陳維冠), who had cast Ali in many of his dramas. An insider revealed, “This whole time, Joe has always been giving Ali opportunities, such as My Ages Apart <誇世代> and Death by Zero. When Joe was preparing for 7 Princesses last year, he already had Ali in his mind as the lead, but he changed his schedule and delayed the shoot until June to accommodate her since Ali had plans to film Plan “B”. Now that Ali is allegedly frozen and Death by Zero was pulled as the anniversary drama last year, Joe has no choice but to give up and change the lead to Priscilla.”
Since joining TVB in 2012, Ali worked her way up from playing minor roles to main roles. With support from many senior executives, she was offered several potential breakout roles. Eventually, she successfully broke out with her role in Who Wants A Baby and was crowned TV Queen with immense love and popularity. Unfortunately, her controversial political views became the final straw for TVB, who was already displeased by her failure to play by their rules.
Source: Weekend Weekly
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.