Forced to Mature as a Child: Charmaine Sheh Didn’t Have an Ordinary Childhood
Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) had a very eventful year. After starring in The Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略>, her popularity skyrocketed. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Charmaine shares her thoughts on her success and where she sees herself.
Almost Turned Down “The Story of Yanxi Palace”
It’s hard to imagine what The Story of Yanxi Palace would be like without Charmaine, but the 43-year-old actress initially didn’t want to star in it. “I really liked the script when I first saw it. However, I was already working in Malaysia, I didn’t want to travel back and forth between two countries. I also didn’t think producers would like me flying around so much. Secondly, I have neck pains and was advised by doctors to avoid historical dramas. Also I was afraid that the audiences would resent me if I play a villainess.”
Fortunately, the director personally convinced her the head costume was not too heavy and persuaded Charmaine to star in the drama. This decision made Charmaine the most grateful in 2018.
Grateful for Mom’s Support
With a successful career in the entertainment industry for two decades, Charmaine is most grateful for her mom’s love and support. Life wasn’t always easy for Charmaine as she had to mature fast. When Charmaine was five years old, her father passed away in a car accident and Charmaine’s mother was left behind to take care of Charmaine and her brother. As a child, Charmaine remembered watching her mother crying and offered to comfort her mother to sleep. It was through the hard times that Charmaine’s bond with her mother grew.
Speaking of her childhood, Charmaine knows that her childhood was not ordinary. “Everyone has their own mission on earth, my mission is to overcome challenges. I won’t look at my dad’s early passing with sorrow. The biggest change to my dad’s passing is that we no longer have more family photos. My mom had to take care of the three of us alone. She kept the same standard of living without complaining. She is my hero.”
Charmaine described her mother as someone who understands her the most. For example, Charmaine always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher because she likes children. However, her mother knew that Charmaine is someone who won’t like staying still and recommended her to join the Miss Hong Kong pageant. That decision started Charmaine’s career as one of Asia’s most acclaimed actresses.
Plans to Settle Down?
A shaman once said that Charmaine would find her Mr. Right in 2019, but Charmaine replied, “I don’t believe in feng shiu; I only believe in fate. Maybe God knows I don’t like to settle down. Maybe if I meet God, God would think that I am too busy and decide it is time to settle down.”
Secret to Youthful Looks
Even though Charmaine is 43 years old, she can convincingly play the role of a character who is only 24 years old in The Story of Yanxi Palace. Charmaine laughed at the compliments and said that she is like everyone else, “When I don’t get enough sleep, my skin dries up and I get acne and edema. My beauty routine is applying facial masks twice daily. I’m lucky to inherit my mom’s big eyes and not have any eye bags.”
Charmaine continued to share the real secret to beauty, “It is happiness. Being happy is the cheapest way to being beautiful. The body changes with emotions. When you are happy, the cells and hormones are naturally working well and will fend off disease and pain. Happy people look the most radiant.”
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.