Attending a promotional event, actress Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) shares how she has been preparing for her comeback TVB drama News Anchorwoman <NEWS新聞女王> and reveals her dreams of turning producer!
Charmaine the Producer-to-Be?
Several Taiwanese artistes including Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄), Peter Ho (何潤東) and Ruby Lin (林心如) have been entering the ranks of behind-the-scenes production with varying degrees of success. Amongst them, Ruby has achieved both commercial and critical acclaim with Netflix series Light the Night <華燈初上>, in which she both co-produced and starred in. Earning 11 nominations at the 57th Golden Bell Awards, the main cast of the three-part series surged in popularity on the back of its success.
Having stayed put in the mainland to work on continuous Chinese projects since her head-turning performance in Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略>, Charmaine is finally back in Hong Kong to film TVB heavyweight drama News Anchorwoman. It turns out that the 45-year-old is not content staying at the top of her game – but also has ambitions to join the industry’s actress-turns-producer league!
“There’s many things to prepare for, I’ve (a few) stories, but shall have to settle on a general direction first, it’s quite the challenge!” Charmaine shared with excitement, adding that she will focus on refining her plans after wrapping News Anchorwoman.
Mastering the Art of Speaking Naturally on Camera
With filming starting mid-March, the A-list actress is already working hard on portraying her news presenter role convincingly. “It’s always about not looking at the cam(era) when we act, but now it’s the opposite, plus (I) have to sound as natural as I can, so I have been practising at home into a camera,” Claiming that she still has a lot of honing up to do, she share that she has been tuning in to countless news programs from all over the world!
Informed about many TVB artistes eagerly recommending themselves to the drama’s production crew in hopes of co-starring opposite her, Charmaine humbly replied that she is unaware of the news, but gives special mention to Joel Chan (山聰) who spontaneously mentioned about landing a role as early as a year ago, so the two could renew their onscreen collaboration – a dream which has come true, to her surprise!
Asked if she was also staying behind in Hong Kong to care for her mother this time, the single actress replied, “There’re many reasons, because the script is really good, it’s been a long time since I pro-actively asked the producer if the script for the next season is ready.”
Other cast members include Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Shaun Tam (譚俊彥) as well as Selena Lee (李施嬅), Samantha Ko (高海寧) and Regina Ho (何依婷).