Lai Lok Yi Reflects on 11-Year Acting Career

By on August 21, 2014 in NEWS

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In Lai Lok Yi’s (黎諾懿) first year after graduating from the TVB artiste training class, he was cast in two dramas as a leading actor. He first starred in the 2003 drama Aqua Heroes <戀愛自由式>, which also starred Edwin Siu (蕭正楠) and Bosco Wong (黃宗澤). He then starred in the idol drama Hearts of Fencing <當四葉草碰上劍尖時>, leading a cast consisting entirely of rookies.

This year marks Lok Yi’s eleventh year in the industry. He has starred in forty television dramas and four films, all with varying degrees of success. When it comes to choosing his most favorite drama, Lok Yi said it remains to be Hearts of Fencing.

“This drama was the one where I got from being a nobody to a recognizable face,” said Lok Yi. “It’s very precious to me. Hearts of Fencing is different from other dramas. This drama used only newcomers. Even to this day, TVB hasn’t arranged a cast like that for its dramas. We were all a bunch of rookies then. We didn’t know what to do and we shared that confusion together. Actually, we were very happy. Now looking back, I definitely think that there were many things we could have changed, but that’s the sincerity of being a rookie. That was the drama’s characteristic.”

Time is Never Enough

Time flies with the blink of an eye, and having lost his father at a young age, Lok Yi treasures the passage of time even more. “My father passed away when I was eleven. I was very young at the time and I had no idea that it would impact my family so greatly. I also didn’t know that it meant my mother would have to suffer more in the remaining days.”

Lok Yi’s time with his father was not long, but it was a time well-spent. Lok Yi said that even to this day, his memories of his father are clear in his mind. His father was one of his inspirations for starting his own car repair shop.

“My father worked with cars and I would also tag along when he goes to work. On the surface, it looked like I was interested in watching him fix cars, but in reality I just wanted a car ride. I remember my father would start work very early in the morning. I was afraid that my father would leave before I woke up so I would tie a shoelace between our toes. When he got up, it would wake me up too. However, I loved sleeping too much so he always left without me.”

If Lok Yi can turn back time and bring back his father, he said he would love to sit down and have a drink with him. “I wonder how it would be like if we got drunk together? I think that would a very interesting and blissful thing to see! Unfortunately, time doesn’t turn back and we cannot chase back the things we’ve lost. Maybe my father is living at a happier place now, looking after us.

“I am already 34 years old this year. I hope that when I look back in ten years, I would see that I have done one or two things that I’m proud of.”

Guard Your Tongue

With eleven years of experience in the entertainment industry, Lok Yi said the most precious and wise advice he was given was to learn how to guard one’s tongue.

“Your words may be mindless but others may take offense,” said Lok Yi. “Always think before you speak.”

Lok Yi revealed that he had once offended a senior with his words. “My purpose was to lighten up the atmosphere, but it turns out that I just appeared like a very rude junior. When it comes to this industry, we must learn to be cautious with our words.”

Source: MRRM via kuangaitvb.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

20 comments to Lai Lok Yi Reflects on 11-Year Acting Career

  1. Chloe says:

    Huh, only 34???

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  2. Tess says:

    Like him! He seems like a decent guy to me. Acting wise, so so…at least nothing too OTT!

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  3. Jane says:

    Lai Lok Yi always came across as a humble and hard working guy. TVB should promote him more, he’s easy and comfortable on the eyes.

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  4. Hannah says:

    I think being in a sitcom helped him improve. TVB should throw them newbies in sitcoms.

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  5. Panzer says:

    Never a fan of his acting, but he seems like a really great guy from this interview.
    More TVB newbies (and some oldies) could learn a lot from him.
    I don’t really see him in much anymore, TVB should start promoting him more. Or maybe I watch the wrong dramas.

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  6. rofl says:

    Bland face, passable actor, nice guy. Like him better than people like Vincent, Oscar, Benjamin, Him and those other guys TVb is trying to promote. I’d much rather watch him over those guys any day.

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    • Mashiro replied:

      Chris was promoted last time but he didn’t really shine … now he’s slowly picking up through the sitcom which is great. Among those you listed, I think Vincent and Benjamin are decent actors and keep improving, so I don’t mind those two as they deserves the promotion. Him Law is stagnant at the moment, so not much comment but he is an okay actor just average. Oscar, never fond of his acting, I thought the way he delivers his line requires lots of work … but he doesn’t act much these days anyway, mostly variety shows which he isn’t really a good host as well … neither here nor there.

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      • rofl replied:

        Vincent is fairly popular with readers here but there’s something about him i dislike, i get the feeling he tries too hard to be noticed; just don’t like his face which i reckon always reminds me of a turkey with his weak chin. Ben always gives me the impression that he’s not too bright, maybe becos of the roles he’s played which he’s usually portrayed as not too quick thinking. Nah, Chris over any of them any day.

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    • Jane replied:

      I hope TVB will promote Lai Lok Yi and Matt Yeung more, they are way better than Oscar, Him, Ben, Vincent, Tony Hung, etc.

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      • Mashiro replied:

        I like Matt Yeung too, hopefully he will get most improved this year and then get push up.

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  7. Booniya says:

    He has the most gorgeous smile!

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  8. Funn Lim says:

    I thought he was older. A sensible man and seems rather down to earth. Good for him.

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  9. prettysup says:

    I like him!

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  10. sandcherry says:

    Lai Lok Yi has improved a lot in the last 2 or 3 years. He used to speak his dialogues with lazy intonations, but he has got rid of them lately.

    His acting has also improved too. Hope TVB will promote him to be a siu sang since they are lack of siu sangs now.

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  11. bloom says:

    The first time I saw him was on Heart of Greed and I felt he looks a little like the late Danny Chan.

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    • Jack replied:

      He does resemble an older Danny. I remember reading an article where he mentioned he got his acting opportunity because a crew member thought there was a resemblance. The translation is probably listed on the site.

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      • bloom replied:

        Thanks Jack. I didn’t know about that article, always thought others don’t notice that.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Yes, that was what Lai Lok Yi mentioned at his interviews. He was recruited because of his resemblance of Danny Chan.

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    • mun yee replied:

      yes he does actually

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  12. Aces_Abuevers08 says:

    “I was afraid that my father would leave before I woke up so I would tie a shoelace between our toes. When he got up, it would wake me up too.” <3. So sweet and cute! <3.

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