Jeannie Chan Considered Quitting Acting to Get Married in Canada
Jeannie Chan (陳瀅) admitted that the demands of acting has strained her mentally and physically. The 29-year-old actress even considered quitting the entertainment industry and returning to Canada, to get married and have children like her friends.
In her new drama The Ghetto-Fabulous Lady <福爾摩師奶>, Jeannie plays a westernized artist who appears to be confident and beautiful on the outside but in reality, she is emotionally scarred and fragile. Since she hasn’t played such a dark role before, Jeannie had spent two months without socializing with others to prepare for this role – almost causing her to spiral into depression.
“This character is like an onion – you need to peel each layer to reveal her true secrets. She hasn’t seen light in a very long time, so this is story is definitely a tragedy. While filming, I rejected everything in my personal life because I knew this was a dark character. I didn’t see any friends; I managed to do this for two months before telling myself I could finally smile again!” Jeannie said.
In one of her standout scenes which required her to break down and cry emotionally, Jeannie felt a lot of pressure. But she was glad to get face this biggest challenge in her acting career yet.
Thoughts on Going Back to Canada
In Hong Kong without any family for support, Jeannie does feel discouraged at times. Earlier, she considered leaving the industry and going back to her family in Canada.
During her two months of solitude, Jeannie said, “I was unhappy and I was so alone – I did come to Hong Kong by myself after all. Normally, I’m reliant on my friends to balance my life, so things were not great during this period of time. I’ve had second doubts about myself. In this industry, you may be very busy during a certain period, but you could also be jobless at times. When I don’t have anything to do, my mind would wander and think whether or not it is worth staying.
“I don’t have my family here to support me and I’ve missed so many important milestones. For example, when my sister had her baby – I wasn’t there for the big moment. However, I do think that being an actress can be very fulfilling at times, and it allows me to balance my mind out.”
Asked if she considered giving up, Jeannie said, “When I didn’t have a lot of work, I did think about flying back to Canada and finding a normal job, dating, getting married, and having children.”
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.