When both Joey Meng (萬綺雯) and Alice Chan (陳煒) were still under ATV, it was said that the two former Miss Asia’s struggled to get along. Rumors say that Joey once called out Alice as someone who looked dull, “like a background actress.” Hurt by Joey’s words, Alice got competitive with Joey, and their competition continued when both of them moved to TVB in 2012.
These rumors came to light when Alice revealed that she had recently extended her TVB contract to another seven years. By having her contract extended, TVB would have more time and resources to push Alice to become a fadan, thus breaking Joey’s leading lady status.
Alice denied the rumors. “I’ve never heard [Joey] say that before,” she said. “I extended my contract for my career. Why would I change my plans because of one person? I love acting, and that’s why I chose to sign with TVB. I am very happy to be given so many opportunities so I can further develop my craft.” The Lord of Shanghai <梟雄> star also denied being in bad terms with Joey, “What a well-written story [rumor]. It’s funny!”
Elena Kong (江美儀), also a former ATV actress, said she has never heard Joey say those words about Alice before. “Is this just a misunderstanding? Joey would never say that.” Elena said Alice and Joey are good colleagues and that all former ATV artists are in friendly terms. “We’re all like family,” she said.
Joey and Alice both signed with TVB in 2012. Joey’s first TVB drama was 2013’s Inbound Troubles <老表, 你好嘢!>, starring opposite Roger Kwok (郭晉安). Alice’s first TVB drama was 2012’s Friendly Fire <法網狙擊>, but she only played a small supporting role. Alice continued to play supporting roles in TVB dramas until this year’s Lord of Shanghai, in which she starred alongside Anthony Wong (黃秋生), Kent Tong (湯鎮業), and Wayne Lai (黎耀祥). She is also getting Best Actress buzz for her role at the upcoming TVB Anniversary Awards.
After extending her contract, Alice landed a lead role in the upcoming TVB drama Triad Boss Under the Line of Fire <火線下的江湖大佬>. Joey’s contract with TVB ended, but she decided to sign a per-series contract with the station, filming one drama per year. She will return to TVB later this month to shoot the thriller drama Fatal Resurrection <致命復活> with Roger Kwok.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.