Rumors were rampant that Natalie Tong (唐詩詠), who has been with TVB for nearly 20 years, will be leaving once her contract expires this month. When Natalie allegedly indicated her intentions to leave, TVB hoped she would merely transition to the station’s sister company Shaw Brothers. However, Natalie is firm on pursuing her next goal.
An insider recently confirmed that the 40-year-old actress will be shifting her career to stage plays and will even have the chance to serve as screenwriter. The shift in career might not be a sudden move after all, as theater has always been Natalie’s true passion.
Allegedly, Natalie has been working on a script that is based on her own life. The play focuses on a couple’s divorce and how it affects the emotions of their young daughter, who grows up feeling lonely and unable to reconcile her feelings.
Natalie once admitted that her parents’ divorce caused her to not know how to get along with others, as she was an only child and only knew to keep things to herself. When she grew up, her choice of career forced her to open up and communicate with others. She recalled, “I found out that the unsettled feelings from my childhood were never resolved. Now, I have the courage to talk about it. I hope I can encourage others to tell their own stories. It’s not about whether other people understand you, it’s about how well you understand yourself.”
At the beginning of her acting career, Natalie often portrayed younger sister characters. Through hard work, Natalie slowly, but steadily became a leading actress. Finally, she clinched her first Best Actress award in 2017 for My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人>, and TVB has been heavily promoting her since.
Friends Show Support
Forming many lasting friendships from her time at TVB, Natalie’s good friends Priscilla Wong (黃翠如) and Kenneth Ma (馬國明) have expressed their support. Priscilla expressed, “If she really is going to participate in stage plays in the future, I will definitely support her! I will support her no matter what she does. I don’t know whether she will be renewing her contract with TVB or not, but I will support her in whatever she chooses to do. I am quite biased. In my eyes, all her projects are great!” Kenneth also voiced his support, “No matter what she chooses, I will support her choices and decisions.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.