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.”

Source: HK01

This article is written by Hailey for

Related Articles


  1. i guess i can agree with that. real life is very mundane, but movies & dramas can capture & enhance every minute detail & expression frame by frame, which dramatizes actors’ feelings. in real life, people’s emotions are shown fleetingly, but in film and dramas, their expressions are slowed down and exaggerated. i did notice a lot of good actors kind of have to do that while filming to be considered ‘good.’ they have to slow down and be very mindful about moving too fast.

    1. @coralie Yes, emotions are accentuated on screen, which requires actors to be *slightly* more stylized and flamboyant in their expressions, whilst still maintaining a degree of subtlety (unless you’re in theater).

      It’s a very delicate balance that few can master, and is generally what distinguishes a good actor from a great one.

  2. Those awards are nothing, there are tons of good actors and actresses never get awarded but they are better than the ones who received awards.

    Examples like actress Dong Jie and Shu Chang when they were still young, they were extremely beautiful. They are natural beauties without plastic surgery, put on very minimal to zero make up and still look good. But they never received any awards during their primer years.

    Chilam is extremely handsome and charismatic. Lots of actors today do not have that either.

    1. @davy Dong Jie and Shu Chang are still beautiful. Wish people could appreciate the beauty of women over 30 and not denigrate them for not looking 20 forever.

      1. @msxie0714
        They are still pretty but look less natural now, and it’s understandable since aging is involved.

        But what baffles me is, I don’t know if it’s just the new makeup or botox in today’s world that I have a hard time understanding why 20’s actresses today are so young and failing to have the natural skin type like DJ and SC in their 20’s.

Comments are closed.