Charmaine Sheh’s (佘詩曼) entry into the entertainment industry was through the 1997 Miss Hong Kong Pageant, in which the then-22 year old was placed third. Back then, winners and contestants of Miss Hong Kong had two career options: to either become a managed TVB actress, or to become a socialite, marrying wealthy.
Charmaine obviously didn’t choose the latter.
On a recent episode of the Chinese talk show Shining Talk <發光的姐姐>, Charmaine opened up about her journey in the entertainment industry, including the decision to choose acting over everything else.
On why she didn’t choose to follow her famous seniors’ footsteps, such as Michelle Reis (李嘉欣) and Loletta Chu (朱玲玲), to marry wealthy, Charmaine gasped and said, “I was so young back then… I didn’t want to! I just finished studying, and now you’re telling me to get married? It’s just weird.”
The 45-year-old said she hasn’t had a single day of rest or long vacation since debuting as an actress 23 years ago. “I kept being pushed forward. It’s like being on a crowded street. There’s always someone behind you pushing you. I didn’t really take much thought about what I was doing. I was getting casted, I was getting good scripts and good roles, and I was happy. Every day, I happily went to work and happily left work. It just kept going like that, all the way til now.”
As for her relationship life, Charmaine stressed that she is still single, and said, “I’ll leave that to fate. I just want to find a funny and interesting soul.”
The host suggested that she should consider starring in the reality dating show Meeting Mr. Right <女兒們的戀愛>. Charmaine shared that she did get invited, but did not accept their offer. “I’ve been transparent most of my life. I’m always with the viewers. I hope to preserve this bit of privacy for myself.”
Charmaine admitted that she still thinks about marriage, and said she believes she would find “the one” someday. Charmaine does dream of starting a family and having children, but she does not regret the road she’s chosen.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.