Charmaine Sheh Still Believes in Marriage

Successfully transitioning her career to China, Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) has appeared in popular dramas The Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略> and The Legend of Xiao Chuo <燕云台>. An especially dedicated actress, Charmaine reveals that she currently works between 16 to 18 hours every day. Her busy schedule naturally made it difficult to date, but the 45-year-old still believes in marriage.

Winning over new fans with her acting, especially her strength in emotional scenes, Charmaine reveals how she adapts to portraying the continuous string of new characters in her 24-year career. Charmaine confessed that it is difficult to draw clear boundaries in acting, “Every time I am given a new role, I will think to myself whether I am acting as her or is she a reflection of me? I can’t tell the difference, because sometimes I take a bit of myself to bring the character to life. Sometimes, the character teaches me something new, so we are sharing knowledge and becoming one.”

Still Wants to Get Married

Focusing on her career, Charmaine has remained single for many years. She is known as a golden bachelorette, while many of her good friends Annie Man (文頌嫻), Janet Chow (周家蔚), Margaret Chung (鍾麗淇), Sherming Yiu (姚樂怡), and Angela Tong (湯盈盈) have already married and become mothers. Towards relationships, Charmaine has always given the same answer, “I’ll leave it up to fate! I want to look for an interesting soul mate.”

Although some celebrities have found partners on dating reality shows, Charmaine declined a previous invitation. As an actress, she has already given up a large amount of her life to the public and hopes to retain a little bit of privacy.

Even though she does not have a partner yet, she still hopes for marriage and believes that she will find Mr. Right one day. She has never felt that she missed the opportunity for marriage, stating that if the relationship did not work out, then it must mean that the person was not right for her.

In her early 20s, Charmaine had the opportunity to marry into a rich family. However, she felt she was too young at the time and wanted to gain some life experience after graduating from university. After placing in Miss Hong Kong 1997, she happily accepted all the work opportunities despite the long filming hours.

Believing that as long as she puts in hard work, she will reap rewards one day. Winning multiple acting awards in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and China, Charmaine has also attained financial success and lives luxuriously. In variety show Not a Loner <看我的生活>, Charmaine showed off parts of her serviced apartment in Tsim Sha Tsui’s K11 Artus, which costs a staggering $320,000 Hong Kong dollars to rent.

Source: Ming Pao Weekly

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  1. I think no matter how busy you are you still have to find time to dates if she still believes in marriage look at the rest of the popular actor and actress they are busy too but they still find the time to date and get married. Isn’t it Toby Leung her good friend also?

  2. working 16 to 18 hours day, i wonder how anyone could look so stunning. for those who have never worked those hours, even the slimmest and prettiest person would gain weight and looks worn out very quickly.

    1. @m0m0
      I agree with that. Whenever I pull 15-hour days in the office even if it’s just for one week, it would totally destroy me. I am guessing the 16-18 hours she referred to included travelling time to shooting venues, time spent doing her hair and make-up for shoots, time spent waiting around in between takes etc. That’s technically work but its not quite “work” if you get what I mean. Anyway, that’s just my guess….

      1. @m0m0 @summerdale
        Good points. At her level of skinny, there’s no way she’s not aneroxic, and lack of food makes you have even less energy. She probably survives on coffee/energy drinks and works crazy hours streak during filming and rest a bit after? That’s what I do during long hours streak but it makes you crash hard after

  3. Life is what happens when you’re too busy making plans or in her case, working. I read this far too often with celebrities. Charmaine, Louis Koo, Eddie Peng, etc. All of these artists want to date but they are all far too busy with work. You can’t be greedy and get the best of both worlds. If they want a love life, then they need to sacrifice some time from their career. That applies to anything really. If you want something, you have to sacrifice something else whether it be your career, time, money, or effort, etc. This reminds me a bit of Kate Tsui. I think she has always wanted a love life and to pursue her own goals but being an actor and her fame has made it hard for her to attain those things, so she took the bold step to leave the industry, move to another country and start over. Kate is only a few years younger than Charmaine but she knew that being in her 40s, she is already pushing time so she up and left. It’s a sacrifice, sure, but also a reality check. Hopefully it’s working out for Kate. And hopefully Charmaine quits dreaming about getting married and having kids and thinking it will all happen naturally with fate. If it hasn’t happened naturally all these years cuz work got in the way, then it’s highly unlikely it will suddenly work out for her now. It can happen still, yes, but she has to make room for it to happen. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. And that’s exactly what she’s doing.

    1. @gnomageddon It is just an excuse for busy to work. I think for a girl to get marry mainly due to love, want baby and money. It can be either one or more than one. Since all these 3 do not interest her, and hence she decides to remain single.

    1. @aktf
      Above are good pics of her, she’s looking older in her recent drama with Tiffany Tang and Shawn Dou. Not 45 but maybe 38 – 39 and def you can tell she’s not in the same age group as the other female actresses. For the longest time she was anti-aging though, in her 30s

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