ViuTV’s first television drama, Margaret and David: Green Beans <瑪嘉烈與大衛系列 綠豆>, held a press conference on March 30. ViuTV, Hong Kong’s new free-to-air television broadcaster, will hit airwaves next month.
Margaret and David: Green Beans, which is based on a novel, was first announced at a ViuTV press conference in early March. The series stars Bowie Lam (林保怡), Catherine Chau (周家怡), Kathy Yuen (湯怡), Poon Chan-leung (潘燦良), and also Bernice Liu (廖碧兒), her first Hong Kong television drama since HKTV’s Once Upon a Song <童話戀曲201314>, which was shot in 2012.
“I’ll be working with Bowie,” said Bernice at the Green Beans event. The actress spent the last three years in Canada and Singapore for various film projects. “It’s been a while since I last did a show in Cantonese. I’m very happy for this opportunity.”
Bernice also added that it’s been ten years since she’s last worked with Bowie. The duo’s last collaboration was 2005’s Healing Hands III <妙手仁心III>.
The 37-year-old former TVB actress shared that she just received the script for Green Beans and had a costume fitting earlier Wednesday morning. She said she cannot talk too much about the script, but revealed that most of her character’s arc will be shared with Bowie.
As Bernice spent most of her time overseas in the last few years, she is cherishing this opportunity to meet with family and her pet dogs in Hong Kong. “I’m very fortunate to be able to travel to different places for work,” she said. “But I really miss Hong Kong.”
When speaking about shooting non-local movies and series, Bernice said, “After doing outside projects, I’ve realized how different Hong Kong is.”
Bowie and Catherine, respectively playing the lead characters David and Margaret, have already started filming the show. In the series, the costars play an unmarried couple who have lived together for many years.
When speaking about filming for the series, Bowie recalled with a laugh, “There was this scene about me waking up from Margaret’s loud snores. Because Catherine does know how to snore deeply, I hid in the background and did the snoring sound for her. The sound I made was too funny and the crew couldn’t stop laughing. Even Catherine couldn’t stop laughing. That scene took a long time to complete.”
Bowie, who plays a taxi driver, said he had to disregard all the acting he learned in the past for this role. “I’m using a different acting style for this series,” he said. “I’ve erased all the experiences I’ve learned from the past, and now re-learning as a student. This is a fresh new take for me.”
Margaret and David premieres on ViuTV on April 11, 2016 at 11 pm.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.