Jessica Hsuan Will Not Exchange Contract for Award

At the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2017 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 25, Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) won My Favorite TVB Actress (also known as Malaysia’s TV Queen) for her performance in My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人>, making it her first leading actress award since 1999. This puts Jessica in the race for the anticipated TV Queen award in the upcoming TVB Anniversary Awards, which will be held in January 2018.

Having starred in two well-known dramas this year, Jessica’s asking price soared, and she earned over seven figures this year from endorsement and appearance jobs alone. Reportedly, the effects of Jessica’s win were immediate, and the actress’ asking price would continue to rise.

In a quick interview with the press after coming back to Hong Kong from Malaysia, Jessica was asked if got a raise. “I already got a raise before,” she said with a laugh. “This is my first time working with [my new manager] Ronnie, and he has helped me adjust [the price] a bit. Actors like us have seafood prices.”

Asking Jessica if she would be willing to sign or renew a contract for an award, she immediately said, “I would not do that. If you give the award to me, I’ll be happy, but if you don’t, I’ll be fine. I’ll just continue to work. There’s no point of doing something like that. The award would lose its meaning and I also won’t be happy if I win it.”

Would Jessica be celebrating her win with fellow cast members? “No time!” she said. “I have to fly back to Hengdian tomorrow to film another drama. Right now I need to run to the supermarket to buy my necessities!”

In related news, Jessica’s costar in Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者2>, Michael Miu (苗僑偉), won My Favorite TVB Actor for his performance on the show. It was Michael’s first TV King award in his four-decade career.


This article is written by Addy for

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  1. Looks like they’re rewarding seniority this time but i think no one’s complaining. The awards are spread over more dramas this time so there’s less chances of accusations of favouritism. The most puzzling is Zoei Tam’s win, she’s such a boring actress.

  2. Yeah!! Vey happy for Jessica Hsuan and Michael Miu!! They deserved it!! Eventhough I would prefer Jessica won it with her performance in Line Walker: The Prelude as Scarlett..which I think her performance in there was better.

    ps: but why does the award was so ugly….too bad for Michael..its his first big award..

  3. The Malaysian awards is only important to ones looking to increase popularity. It is just of a popularity contest voted by fans. Ruco won it 2 years in a row because he donned a Malaysian shirt in Outbound Love. It is a very biased awards and if don’t come then get nothing. All you have to do is film part of the series in Malaysia and they will love it. The award is important for Joel Chan though because he is looking for recognition and for a career boost. The female lead category is so weak. Hopefully they postpone the awards to February..

  4. In my opinion, between Singapore and Malaysia TVB awards, the Malaysia awards have more credibility because i noticed that fans in Malaysia do not merely vote based on popularity. Additionally, they also look into the performance of the actors to make sure they are voting for popular actors with best performance. Perhaps popularity does carry a larger percentage (eg. 60%), while performance carries smaller percentage (eg. 40%), but at least the actors were voted based on both criterias, rather than Singapore awards which clearly is a popularity award.

    Therefore, Ruco could easily won thrice in a row in Singapore due to his high popularity there. Besides, the results of TVB Starhub Singapore Awards normally have huge difference from the awads in Hong Kong due to the fact that the Singapore Awards are totally based on popularity. But to be the real TV King and Queen, actors need to be both popular while delivering great performance.

    Anyway, congratulations to both Jesicca and Michael Miu. So happy for them and they truly deserve the awards for their long commitment and well-experienced in the industry.

    1. @diana80 nope, your info is wrong. Starhub is 70% public votes and 30% professional panel (whatever that means). I think Astro uses the same 70-30 ratio. Of cos the public votes for both Astro and Starhub can be easily manipulated by fans who create bogus a/cs. Whatever it is, the final results are actually “moderated” by TVB haha (as we all already know).

      1. @passingby
        I know about the 70:30 ratio. What i meant in my earlier post is that Malaysian voters do not just vote for the most popular actors/actress, but they at least take into consideration the performance of the actors/actress to make sure they worth the awards. Therefore as you can see, both the Best Actor & Actress, and Best Supporting Actor & Actress for Starhub 2017 could not repeat their victory in Malaysia because their performance in their nominated series were indeed not the best, particularly for Ali Lee and Jacqueline Wong. Anyway, i do agree with you that the final result is still “moderated” by TVB.

        If it is really as what you claimed, Outbound Love should have won Best Drama in Malaysia that year (2014). Best Actor should have been Ruco (but he lost it to Roger that year in Malaysia). The series did not win any major awards in Malaysia that year despite being filmed in Malaysia.

      2. @diana80
        It gave him a massive popularity surge in Malaysia. He is still the most popular TVB actor in Malaysia by far. Listen to to reactions when his name is mentioned.

  5. We haven’t had this in the Best Actor category for a while. Whoever loses, Vincent or Kenneth we will be gutted for them and they will be feeling hard done by as these opportunities don’t come along very often. Same with best support, Joel or Owen…

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