Inviting Kenneth Ma (馬國明) onto her YouTube talk show, Sharon Chan (陳敏之) describes the actor as an “unbelievably filial” mama’s boy, who was frugal yet generous to friends!
3 Close Female Friends in the Industry
Despite staying put over twenty years in the entertainment industry, the introverted Kenneth reveals that he only counts three female artistes as good friends, including his Big White Duel <白色強人> co-star Natalie Tong (唐詩詠), Sharon herself and actress Halina Tam (譚小環).
A Filial Son Who’s Frugal but Generous to Friends
Having known Sharon since 2004’s drama Dream of Colors <下一站彩虹>, the two have been friends for two decades and are rather chummy with each other. Sharing her opinion of Kenneth, Sharon described him as “frugal” yet generous towards his friends. Spilling that his salary would be deposited directly into the bank account he shared with his mother, she added that he would bring her up frequently during conversations.
Sharon recounted a particular anecdote of Kenneth and herself going for lunch break together, when he whipped out a coin pouch which featured a turtle design made out of leather and fabric patchwork. Kenneth recalled that Sharon had shot her mouth off and commented how ugly it looked, to which he then replied, “It’s a gift from my mom!”
“I immediately said, ‘Sorry, aunty’ then; I feel that he is really filial, though others might not think much of (the gift from his mom), but to him it is very beautiful”, Sharon remarked. Embarrassed by her compliment, Kenneth replied that using the pouch was just a practical decision since it was handy for keeping coins, and he did not have to go looking for another.
Any Drama He Has Regrets Taking On?
Asked by host Sharon about whether there was any drama which he regretted taking on, the 48-year-old replied, “There were almost zero outdoor scenes in even the opening episode, everything was shot in studio…imagine how little budget we had to work with,” Kenneth commented that he was perhaps better off sleeping at home rather than film that drama, hinting that the title of the show had “four (Chinese) characters” and they wore “many layers of clothing” when Sharon tried to probe further, but stopped short for fear of offending producers.
Naming a few of the dramas which were most fulfilling for him, he mentioned A Fistful of Stances <鐵馬尋橋>, from which he gained many solid friendships, The Hippocratic Crush <On Call 36小時> where he landed his first actual male lead role, The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的> in which he loved the well-written story arc between Ma Kwai and his parents, as well as the Big White Duel series.
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