Hugo Wong Avoided Offscreen Contact with Female Co-Stars
The actor took precautions to avoid any misunderstandings during filming of Airport Strikers.
Thirty-seven-year-old TVB actor Hugo Wong’s (黃子恆) personal life has been marked by scandals, earning him the unflattering label of “despicable man of the century.” He allegedly broke up singer Hiromi Wada’s (裕美) marriage in 2016, revealed to have impregnated his Mainland Chinese fan at the end of 2018, and accused by singer Tik Chi (迪子) of sending indecent sex invitations. Recently, the actor’s onscreen appearance in Airport Strikers <機場特警> earned praise, giving him a sense of relief that he has not implicated his co-stars due to his own mistakes.
Still Takes Medication for Panic Disorder
Rumors of Hugo impregnating his Mainland fan spilled precisely during the filming of the Airport Strikers, which greatly stressed him. “On my off days, I was extremely worried about what kind of reports would surface. I feared of making things worse with what I said, so I said little and the stress then was immense.” While his co-stars had given him encouragement, his mood was inevitably affected.
Due to the emotional pressure and uncertainty about his future, Hugo was diagnosed with panic disorder then. He recalled, “During that time one shouldn’t hide in the house, as the worse symptom was breathlessness, and feeling like my heart was blocked. Although two years have passed since, I still take medication.”
Asked if he is regretful, Hugo replied that many decisions in life may not be the best but there is no room for regret. The most important thing is learning his lesson and understanding more about himself and the boundaries he should not overstep.
Avoided His Female Stars Offscreen
Hugo admitted that he has paid a heavy price for his mistake, and has shunned the opposite sex for 16 months. “Even if I really have good feelings towards someone, I would feel fearful and rather focus on my career, since I know romance is not my forte so I shouldn’t be stubborn.” Breaking contact with the said female fan, Hugo does not dare to date now, let alone think about other possibilities.
Thankful to TVB for continuing to use him, he calls the “punishments” dished out to him by the station “reasonable,” such as giving him less screen time in transitory guest roles in the dramas Amelia’s Rhapsody <愛美麗狂想曲> and Legal Mavericks 2 <踩過界II>, and hopes that viewers would see the change in him in the future. In Airport Strikers, Hugo plays the team lead of the airport security force, a righteous and well-layered character, giving him lots of room to reveal his acting panache.
To avoid his female co-stars having misgivings about him due to his bad press, Hugo would keep his distance from actresses in Airport Strikers including Sisley Choi (蔡思貝), Roxanne Tong (湯洛雯), Gloria Tang (鄧佩儀) and Erin Wong (王卓淇).
As for his onscreen wife played by actress Snow Yuen (孫慧雪), they had known each other for over a decade, though it was their first time pairing up and sharing many intimate scenes, he felt that Snow did not show any tentative feelings. Snow said, “Hugo was very good and professional. This was my first drama after I gave birth, so I was very nervous but he kept encouraging me.”
Besides Snow, Hugo’s character also had scenes with a few other actresses, including Erin who played his ex-girlfriend. She described, “I didn’t sense that he was avoiding me. He is a very nice senior. Since I did not have many scenes, we did not interact much. The first program I appeared on after entering the industry was Own Sweet Home <安樂蝸> where he was the guest star. I reminded him when we were filming and he said he recalled that.”
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.