Upcoming ViuTV drama series The Gutter <歎息橋>, produced by Bowie Lam (林保怡), is his and Catherine Chau’s (周家怡) first collaboration since 2016’s Margaret & David—Green Bean <瑪嘉烈與大衛系列－綠豆>. The Gutter is Bowie and Catherine’s tenth collaboration overall.
“I wasn’t in charge of the casting,” said Bowie, who gave full casting responsibilities to The Gutter directors Fatball and 25. “Catherine and I are too close. I would have chosen her regardless, so it wouldn’t be fair to other actors.”
But even after receiving the go-ahead to cast other actresses, Fabtall and 25 insisted to have Catherine star alongside Bowie. It was a move that Bowie didn’t mind at all.
“Practice makes perfect,” said Bowie. Contrary to popular opinion, Bowie and Catherine do not find their frequent collaborations as a bore. “We’re in the process of perfecting it.”
“We get better and better at it,” said Catherine.
Bowie clarified, “And we’re not referring to the acting, but the byproduct of it. We all struggle to get out of character.”
Out of the many characters he has portrayed in the past, David from Green Bean had been one of Bowie’s most challenging roles to get out of character. It took Bowie nearly two years to finally remove himself from David and the character’s history with Margaret, portrayed by Catherine.
“And every time I’d see Bowie, I’d feel regretful,” shared Catherine.
“I literally wouldn’t even want to hang out with her,” said Bowie. “Whenever our mutual friends would suggest inviting Catherine to hang out, I would make an excuse to not go . . . It was torture.”
Catherine added that even her family got too involved with the characters of Green Bean. Her own mother would treat Bowie as her own son-in-law. She joked and said she hopes her mother would not hate her after seeing The Gutter.
The Gutter also stars Michelle Wai (衛詩雅) and Hanjin Tan (陳奐仁). The four with them are involved in a “love square” that is more than what meets the eye.
As for his relationship with Catherine, Bowie said, “We live together, in separate rooms, but we not quite there as lovers. We have never said we loved each other.”
Bowie described The Gutter as a different kind of romantic drama, saying, “It’s not very easy to understand. It requires a lot of analysis and organization. It’s like you’re watching a crime drama.”
The Gutter premieres May 11, 2020 in Hong Kong.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.