Chilam Cheung Believes Good Acting Can Be an Illusion
Chilam Cheung (張智霖) is known for his good looks and good acting. Yet unfortunately, his talents have never brought him any Best Actor awards.
Chilam made a splash into the entertainment industry in 1991 with his hit single “A Modern Love Story” <現代愛情故事>, and later started filming dramas with TVB. His TVB dramas include: The Mystery of the Condor Hero <射鵰英雄傳之九陰真經>, Cold Blood Warm Heart <天地男兒>, Return of the Cuckoo <十月初五的月光>, and Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>. Chilam’s latest drama was ViuTV web drama Eclipse Storm <蝕日風暴>.
With so many opportunities, how has he not won Best Actor?
In an interview, Chilam mentioned that an award would be a nice treat, but definitely not necessary for him at this point in life. Instead, he is more focused on his art and taking care of his son, Morton, and his wife, Anita Yuen (袁詠儀). He said, “At this stage of my life, I don’t need an award to prove my ability. I take my fans’ admiration of my acting as more of an award. It doesn’t matter if you have lots of awards, when in reality, you are not loved by the public.”
Though Chilam has never received Best Actor, he is definitely not lacking in the awards department. When it comes to My Favorite Actor or Most Popular Actor, he is definitely the worthy recipient. He shared, “I definitely work hard in my art. I thank my fans for trusting me. My fans are like my family; they go through an actor’s journey with them.”
Thoughts on Acting
In terms of being an actor, he shares that “good” acting may not necessarily be good, but a successful illusion created by the production staff and tasteful editing. He said, “How many actors do you know actually exhibit amazing acting? You might think it’s amazing, but once you see it live, you realize it is just mundane. When it comes to crying scenes, you need to prepare your emotions early and sometimes even before you leave the house! An actor’s perception of good acting is different from a viewer in many aspects. For example, I think that if an actor can memorize over a hundred pages of script, they are incredible! But with viewers, they either like you or they don’t, and it doesn’t matter how amazing your acting is.”
Reporters asked if he was scared his public reputation would die and he would be forgotten. He shared, “This is bound to happen to anyone really. There’s no guarantee that you will be loved and remembered forever…unless you’re James Dean who left in his most glorious time.”
This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.