In Gallen Lo‘s (羅嘉良) TVB comeback drama The Conspirators <與諜同謀>, he is paired with rising actress Ali Lee (李佳芯). Receiving her big break in her acting career, Ali spoke about her excitement in working with Gallen.
It has been seven years since Gallen’s last drama, Born Rich <富貴門>. Gallen joked that he nearly got lost when driving to TVB City. On his reasons for returning to TVB, Gallen explained that he found the role he was playing very fascinating and that it was TVB executive, Wong Wai Sing (黃偉昇), who invited him to star in the series. Gallen said, “I haven’t been back for so long…there are so many people I now don’t know. But everyone has been very nice to me.” Gallen was however reluctant to divulge his pay for the drama, “I’m not going to talk about it…I’ve never liked talking about figures.”
In The Conspirators, Gallen will be working with many newcomers, including Ali, Fred Cheng (鄭俊弘) and a few others. Having already met them and interacted with them, Gallen praised the newcomers for their vibrant personalities, “I remember being a newcomer once myself.” Gallen said he will stay in Hong Kong for about two and a half months for filming, before returning to Beijing in April for his daughter’s birthday.
Ali Gets Her Big Break
At TVB for over three years, Ali feels very lucky to have the opportunity to play the female lead role in The Conspirators. She mused, “From initially just having a non-speaking role in a few scenes, to slowly getting roles with one or two lines, to playing the supporting character, to finally playing the lead role, and having only been at TVB for three years…I feel very lucky. Maybe I managed to impress when I was playing roles like the mistress or the homewrecker!”
Ali was then asked about rumors that she was only given the lead role due to Tavia Yeung‘s (楊怡) speculated departure from TVB. Not directly addressing the issue, Ali said diplomatically, “This role has been the best Christmas and New Year’s gift to me.” On whether she minded being regarded as a backup plan, Ali expressed, “I don’t have high expectations – I’m just glad to play this role. Most importantly, the role seems fun to play and will give me room to express my acting abilities. Everyone will have a different performance style, and I will play the role with my own style.”
In the drama, Ali will not only be playing the mother of a five-year-old boy but also the personal assistant to Gallen’s character. On whether working with Gallen gave her pressure, Ali laughed and said, “Of course I get nervous but I will try to think of him singing [to distract myself].”
On whether she had romantic scenes with Gallen, Ali expressed, “Only half the script has been out so far, so I have no idea what the relationship between the two characters is.” Would Ali request for romantic scenes to be added to the script? Ali exclaimed in mock protest, “There’s no need me for to be so pro-active! If it happens, it will happen.”
This article is written by Jingles for JayneStars.com.