Earlier this summer, Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) flew back to Hong Kong from Vancouver to shoot the TVB medical drama series Children’s Hospital <兒科醫生>, her first TV drama in three years, and her first TV drama as lead actress since 2016’s K9 Cop <警犬巴打>. Nearing her fourth month back in Hong Kong, Linda shared that she still has 36 days left of filming. She plans to fly back to Vancouver after wrapping up.
“I really miss the kids,” she said. “This experience has been a lot more difficult than I had originally imagined. This is the longest time I’ve been away from the kids.”
The 36-year-old said she had not intended to leave the kids for that long. She originally wanted her children—four-year-old Kelly and two-year-old Jared—to live with her in Hong Kong two months after she arrived, but due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong, she decided that it would be best for the kids to stay at home.
“If the kids were with me, I would stay here longer,” said Linda. “But now, I’m planning on flying back to Vancouver immediately after I finish filming. I’ve already packed.”
Asking if her kids have been missing her, she said, “I’m more concerned for my daughter, and not so much for my son. He’s still very young, and doesn’t know how to miss me yet. My daughter would tell me to go back home soon, but fortunately, we have a lot of friends and family who take great care of her back in Vancouver, so she’s doing well. I think I miss her more than she misses me!”
After this experience, would Linda consider returning to Hong Kong to film another series? “[Children’s Hospital] may be my last one. Or I may decide to film another one ten years down the road. It takes months to finish a drama, and it’s hard to focus on my job when I have family back home. If I am invited to film another show, I have to seriously consider it.”
Stating that she does consider Children’s Hospital to be her last project, she added, “My family really supports what I do. I don’t want to disappoint them.”
The actress has also recently filmed recorded the drama’s theme song and filmed its music video, “Cherish Yourself Well” <好好珍惜自己>. Linda composed the song while she was still in Vancouver half a year ago.
“I didn’t expect them to turn it into a theme song,” she said. “It’s been nearly seven years since I last performed a theme song for a TV series.”
While Linda did not pen the song’s lyrics, she did work closely with a lyricist to ensure the song’s authenticity. “I spent two hours trying to explain to them about what I want to express in this song. I did pen a few phrases, and they managed to expand it beautifully and poetically.”
Children’s Hospital also stars Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Catherine Chau (周家怡), and Him Law (羅仲謙).
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.