Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) is known among her coworkers and behind-the-scenes staff to be a professional actress with high standards. Not only does she put in 120 percent into her work, but also holds her colleagues to a high standard. The 48-year-old actress’ perfectionism can be traced back to virtues instilled by her father, who believes that one must do her best in everything.
Though this virtue translates to an impeccable work ethic, Jessica’s pursuit for perfection has caused setbacks in her relationships. Reflecting on her past relationships, Jessica admits that she may be negligent to the feelings of those around her. She recalled, “One time, the guy I was dating and I went to the movies. I was very direct about which movie I wanted to watch. Everything I did revolved around myself.” Eventually, her then-boyfriend advised Jessica that she should “treat people the way you want to be treated.” This simple expression left a deep impression on Jessica and forced her to really reflect on herself and her own actions. “This phrase made me suddenly realize something. I began to think that I really should put in some effort to change and make myself and those around me a little happier.”
This, however, is all in the past. The current Jessica is very happy with the way she is now. Though 48 and still single, Jessica hopes to show people that age does not define beauty or charm, but rather a woman’s self-identity and confidence. “No matter under what circumstance, I hope to be able to successfully portray any character and be a professional actress. That is why I will constantly try out new roles and seek out new challenges.”
Joining good friend Louis Koo’s (古天樂) company may just be the answer to her desire for new challenges. For the first time in her career, Jessica will be portraying a villain in a new period drama. She exclaimed, “I waited more than 20 years to portray a villain! I feel that everyone should seek breakthroughs. If one always stays in their comfort zone, then how will one improve?”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.