Kathy Yuen Finds Breakthrough in “Al Cappuccino”
Kathy Yuen (湯怡), who plays a gentle and meek character in Al Cappuccino <反黑路人甲>, caught viewers’ attention since the drama aired and liken her appearance to Ali Lee (李佳芯). Debuting at TVB, Kathy focused on the film industry in the next decade of her career before finally returning to the station to film Al Cappuccino. She is happy that her role is so well-received among viewers.
Starting her career in the entertainment industry as a part-time model, Kathy joined TVB in 2006 and appeared in variety show, Beautiful Cooking <美女廚房> and had a minor role in 2007’s Life Art <寫意人生>. Signing with Emperor Motion Pictures, Kathy has a diverse film resume and has appeared in Cold War 2 <寒戰II> and Integrity <廉政風雲 煙幕>.
While many people see Kathy’s return to TVB as a 360-degree turn and an indication that she may be starting her career from scratch again, she does not agree with the sentiment. “Age is just a number–maybe my plans didn’t go as smoothly as I thought, but my efforts were not in vain over the last decade. I was able to earn a lot of experience.”
Seeing clear differences in her past and current performances, Kathy continued, “If I had a lead role more than a decade ago, I would have felt that I wasn’t good enough. I was too young when I debuted. I could only recite the script and laugh at the camera. Looking back at my past performances, I could only smile. As I watch my performance [in Al Cappuccino], I know I am not the same. I feel that now is a good time and opportunity.”
As television drama scripts are much longer than the film scripts that Kathy was used to, filming for Al Cappuccino required an initial adjustment. Kathy faced a lot of pressure in studying the script for 30 episodes in one month. “I was worried that I wouldn’t do well and didn’t grasp the opportunity. During the week before filming, I cried from all the pressure.”
Living with Zero Income
If Kathy did not become an actress, she would have been a flight attendant like her sister. Though she loves acting, the path to stardom was not easy and Kathy thought about quitting when she faced the reality of having a career with unstable income.
Recalling her difficult times, Kathy had lived through half a year without work or income, but still insisted on contributing to family expenses. “This is a matter of responsibility. It’s not right to not stop contributing to my family for living expenses just because I didn’t have any income.”
While she managed to survive on her savings and frugal lifestyle, Kathy had to answer to her parents’ concerns, “When I didn’t have any income, my mom asked, ‘You’re at home. Don’t you have any work?’ She nagged at me for many days until I told her, ‘If I had work, I wouldn’t be at home. I also want to work, but there are many things I can’t control.’ She didn’t ask me again after that. I understand her concerns, but both sides need to communicate.”
The financial strains made Kathy consider quitting the entertainment industry, but she decided to stay the course because of her true interest in acting. “I really like this job because I like to act. If the circumstances allow, I would make acting as my lifetime career,” Kathy said earnestly.
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com