Her parents’ failed marriage has also made Annie insecure about relationships.
Born in Taiwan, Annie Liu’s (劉心悠) parents divorced when she was very young. While she has some happy childhood memories of her father, she was sent to Canada after turning 10 years old for studies.
“I had not sensed that I would be parting with my parents; I thought that they were accompanying me. When I reached Canada, I had to take care of all my meals in my youth. Though my family did not need me to earn my own school fees; I told them not to send any money to me in future.”
Because of this, in her teenage years Annie was already working in retail sales after classes. “With the exception of lingerie shops, I have worked at almost every other shop, including fast food chains, shoe and clothing retailers, restaurants, and even as a debt collection officer for a wireless service provider. I heard many vulgarities when I called to chase customers for their debts.”
Annie’s parents later divorced. As a result of her experiences while growing up, she developed a very independent personality. “I don’t like to depend on others, and will pay for things I want to buy on my own.”
Reel Life Mirrors Real Life
In her new drama Guardian Angel <守護神之保險調查> produced by Shaw Brothers, Annie plays a hardy insurance investigation officer Do Sam Yu, with a short hairdo to complement her personality. Acting for the first time in a modern drama in Cantonese, she faced yet another challenge.
Apparently, the producer of the series had done some background research on Annie, modelling aspects of her role on the actress’s personal life, such as the fact that she is vegetarian. Mirroring her real life, her father in the drama (played Hugo Ng 吳岱融), married a woman who is younger than herself. Surprised that the producer knew so much about her personal life, Annie was told that the details were written so she would feel more in sync with her onscreen persona.
“There were a few scenes where I felt a great deal of psychological pressure. I reacted strongly to one particular scene when my father and his girlfriend announced their marriage. It was very difficult to follow the comedic treatment required in the script, as my entire body was shaking and I was feeling resistant; those scenes were really tough for me.”
Resists Her stepmother and Half-brother
Until now, the 37-year-old actress has yet to accept the fact that her father had married a woman who is younger than herself.
“Although I can’t help it that my parents’ ties have soured, they are both my loved ones and I would not take sides. I’m okay that my father has found someone, but it feels uncomfortable that she is younger than I am. I do not agree with his decision, though it’s not up to me. It’s so awkward, maybe others can agree with this more easily, but I can’t.”
Annie added that she would keep silent during meetings with her stepmother. While Annie does not show her animosity, she also does not pretend to be friendly and would just not react. “I feel that the woman should at least be older than myself. I wouldn’t feel as strongly if the man was not my father, but I wouldn’t change my mind on this even in the future,” she said.
Meeting up with her half brother recently, Annie did not how to react. She felt more detached with him than a new crew member on the filming set.
Finds It Hard to Develop Trust In Relationships
Instead of seeing her feelings as a problem to be resolved, Annie prefers to let things take their natural course. She would not force herself to put up a false front just to create a better image, as it would make her uncomfortable. She said, “It’s not about being filial or not, (my) father would understand my feelings and know why I do not agree. Mom also agrees with me and says it is ridiculous.”
Adding that her friends know that she finds it hard to get involved in relationships, Annie declares that she finds dating “meaningless” and “does not believe in love” due to her unhappy experience. She tried dating in the past, but found it hard to trust her partner even though he did nothing wrong. “Even if there was a good man standing in front of me now, I wouldn’t know what to do. It’s not that I choose not to love, but that I can’t,” she concluded.
Source: Ming Pao Weekly
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.