In more ways than one, Jerry Ku (古明華) can relate to his character as Tsui Yi-fei in the TVB drama My Commissioned Lover <婚姻合伙人>. In the drama, Tsui Yi-fei is a Z-list singer who dreams of being a successful star, but his obsession with fame leads him to neglect his children.
Jerry, an alumnus of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, found his passion for performing at a young age. As Jerry’s looks did not match up to the societal standards of a “leading male look,” Jerry was only offered supporting roles, and sometimes only bit roles.
It wasn’t until his performance as “So Gay” in 2012’s Divas in Distress <巴不得媽媽…> when Jerry Ku finally became a relevant force in Hong Kong television—the role also won him Best Supporting Actor at the TVB Anniversary Awards.
Similar to his character in My Commissioned Lover, Jerry was able to pursue his dream as an actor, all thanks to his supportive wife and family. He didn’t have to worry about any financial issues or carried economic burden. It wasn’t until his daughter fell sick when Jerry realized that he had to step up his game.
His daughter was diagnosed with glomerulonephritis and was only 10 years old at the time. Some of the symptoms of glomerulonephritis, an inflammation of glomeruli in the kidney, includes edema. The fluid retention in her body caused her to swell up in the face, arms, legs, and everywhere else in the body.
To afford the HK$10,000 medical bills per month, Jerry also got into voice acting, and consistently worked two units at the same time. At one point, he worked for 50 hours straight, and while his income had doubled, he compromised his own health in the end.
“I did get sick pretty easily, and after a few years, I got tuberculosis, but it had nothing to do that time. As long as my family is supportive, all the hard work is worth it.”
Jerry’s daughter is now 21 years old, and while she’s not completely recovered, she’s able to manage her symptoms smartly. “She still needs to take her meds, but she’s doing very well. We don’t have to worry about her.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.