Josie Ho Suffered Bullying While Growing Up

With billionaire Stanley Ho’s (何鴻燊) passing last week, his family’s future and the distribution of his assets have received a lot of media attention. Many of his children graduated from elite universities and are involved in managing the family’s extensive businesses, but actress Josie Ho (何超儀) is a notable exception. Viewed as his most rebellious daughter, Josie never attended university and instead had her heart set on joining the entertainment industry at a young age.

Father Supported Her Dreams

Ever since she was young, Josie loved music and the arts. In the 1990s, she joined the entertainment industry as a singer and her dreams were fully supported by her father.

Never one to follow the mainstream trends, Josie chose to support independent productions and her choice in unconventional roles helped her cinch multiple acting awards. In 2003, she gained recognition from her role as a prostitute in Category III film, Naked Ambition <豪情> with Louis Koo (古天樂) and Eason Chan (陳奕迅). With this performance she won Best Supporting Actress at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards. She also won Best Supporting Actress at the 2014 TVB Anniversary Awards for her role in Tomorrow is Another Day <再戰明天>. In 2017, she won Best Supporting Actress at Malaysia’s 1st Profima International Film Festival and Awards for her role in In the Room <無限春光27>.

When her father teased that she was acting as a prostitute again, Josie was firm in her belief that the role had depth and there was a greater meaning behind it. She put in a lot of effort into filming with the hopes of making her father proud.

The late billionaire had said that Josie is most like his younger self, and she is his second most-loved daughter after Pansy Ho (何超瓊). When Josie married actor Convoy Chan (陳子聰) in 2003, Stanley provided a $20-million-Hong-Kong-dollar dowry and her wedding dress cost allegedly cost HK$2 million.

Bullied in School Because of Father’s Casino Operations

Though born in a privileged family, Josie did not like conforming to expectations that are often placed upon children of the elite. Admitting that she has always been rebellious, Josie did not like studying and had even attempted to run away from home.

Explaining why she she seems to possess such a tough streak, Josie reveals that she was bullied as a child. “My siblings and I all studied at the same school from kindergarten through middle school. On my first day, I was brought to school by my family domestic helper so other parents learned of my family background. Some of the parents would come over to me and say, ‘Do you know that your father has ruined many people’s lives? His casinos have caused many people to commit suicide.’ I grew used to this and stopped paying any attention to them. It’s boring; they always say the same thing.”

When her father was admitted into the hospital, Josie and her husband made frequent visits. After Stanley Ho’s passing, the media has been eager to pry into the family’s affairs, but Josie asked for space to mourn his departure and time to deal with the loss.

Source: Hket

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  1. What was that saying ‘Sins of the parents fall on the child’?

    Glad that Josie made it through and carved her own path and found her own happiness.

  2. Oh wait!! Is that really Stanley Ho with a few children? At first I really thought it’s Tony Leung Chiu Wei and Josie reminds me of Maggie Siu. I don’t think Josie had any kids does she?

    1. @cutie777
      Use some common sense. That is Tony Leung in a picture with the rich kids. It is quite common for an idol to have a picture with kid fans…

      1. @jimmyszeto well there’s no mention that he’s Tony Leung so of course I thought he’s the young Stanley Ho and you noticed I’m not the only one who thinks that. Maybe Jayne know whether he’s Tony Leung or he’s the young Stanley Ho.

      2. @hetieshou well either way but I did google them they’re just 12 years apart and Tony seems older than his age from the picture above or maybe it’s just a bad picture of him and I don’t remember him having a curly hair either.

      3. @cutie777
        Tony is only 12 years older? I agree that he looks mature in that photo. I am shocked that you never saw Tony with curly hair. I used to see so many photos of him with that hairstyle. I guess you missed it. However, I think Tony and Stanley look nothing alike even when Stanley was young.

      4. @hetieshou that’s right they’re only 12 years apart I’m surprised about that too. I guess I did missed out about his curly hair. I think Stanley is half mixed with British?

      5. @cutie777
        Yes you did miss Tony’s curly hair. I used to see him with that hairstyle for a period of time back then.I am not sure if Stanley is half British but he does have European ancestry for sure.

      6. @cutie777
        There is no mention that the photo is Stanley Ho either and it looks 100% Tony. Stanley Ho was 98 years old when he died and Josie is in her 40s. Josie was born when someone in his 50s. Does that picture of Tony Leung look 60-70 years old? Use some common sense and simple logic please…

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