Kelly Cheung Advocated for the Safety of “Legal Mavericks 2” Cast and Crew
To promote the currently airing drama, Flying Tiger 2 <飛虎之雷霆極戰>, TVB invited its cast members to share their filming experiences on the Flying Tiger 2 Special <飛虎同學會>, hosted by Chin Ka Lok (錢嘉樂) and Sharon Chan (陳敏之). In the newest episode, it was revealed that Kelly Cheung (張曦雯) stood up to TVB executive Virginia Lok (樂易玲) and advocated for the safety of the Legal Mavericks 2 <踩過界II> cast and crew while they were filming during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Recently, Flying Tiger 2 leads Michael Miu (苗僑偉), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Ron Ng (吳卓羲), and Kelly made an appearance on the special program to divulge in behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Somehow the topic of working during the pandemic came up, and Michael asked Kelly if she was scared to resume work a few months ago. She replied, “It was a really scary time because we didn’t know what was happening. The virus was getting serious, and as actors, we weren’t allowed to wear masks during filming, so the only thing we could do was have the crew wear masks.”
On top of the minimal safety gear, an extra threw up right outside of the filming set, which caused a scare for everyone. Luckily, it was not serious. Still, Kelly approached Virginia to demand precautions to be taken. Ka-lok curiously asked, “How did you approach Ms. Lok? She did reveal to me that Kelly is a good actress and cares about the safety of her crew and cast.”
It turns out Kelly called Virginia asking to discuss a matter, and Virginia agreed. However, Kelly ended up going to see Virginia with a group of her coworkers. “Because we were so scared of not knowing what was going to happen,” Kelly expressed.
As a result of that meeting, TVB arranged for only one group to film per day, which is quite rare. Kelly’s kissing scene with Legal Mavericks 2 costar Vincent Wong (王浩信) was also contactless, with the crew using camera angles to make it seem like the two kissed. Kelly expressed gratefulness for the executives’ understanding.
Hearing this, Ron said he is pleasantly surprised that TVB is so understanding. Chiming in, Michael commented that they are lucky, as no one dared to challenge the executives in the past. Ka Lok praised the young actors for their courage to fight for what’s right.
This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com
I think saying everyone they were surprised she spoke up and that no one dare did that before is probably code for she should not have done that and with a group nevertheless. TVB is really big on people following rules, which often means poor conditions and underpay and hence veteran actors complaining and leaving. Unless she has some card up her sleeve/strong connection or the company sees her as very profitable…
Wow I’m surprised she spoke up but I think TVB sees her as profitable since she’s being heavily promoted otherwise she could risk being frozen by TVB
@jesspepperwang Nah…TVB is still the same way. This incident shows that Kelly is an outsider and doesn’t understand how TVB operates. On the surface, it might look like Kelly was successful in getting TVB to change, but reality is that TVB is petty and likes to take underhanded action on artists who disobey them. It’s ingrained in their culture….she may not experience it right now, but later, she will definitely pay for it in some way or other….
@jesspepperwang I think Kelly did the right thing because she should definitely ask her boss what kind of precautions are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. As long as she wasnt rude about it, i dont see what the problem is.
@luye Morally, she did the right thing so maybe you don’t see anything wrong there. As far as emotional intelligence and how to survive at TVB, she doomed herself UNLESS she has a BIG connection or is EXTREMELY profitable.
@jesspepperwang To be honest, I think if she raised some legit concerns about safety and was very respectful about it, she’s probably fine. It’s all about how you say things. I doubt Kelly has a big connection, as she joined TVB in 2012, and is only recently getting promoted.
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