TVB legendary fadans Liza Wang (汪明荃) and Angie Chiu (趙雅芝) get along really well, but the onscreen foes admitted that they have not kept in contact in the last 30 years.
In 1978, Liza and Angie collaborated in their first and only major project together, the classical wuxia series The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre <倚天屠龍記>. Portraying as opponents fighting for the love of Adam Cheng (鄭少秋), their amazing chemistry as enemies left a deep impression on the audience, leading to rumors that the two actresses actually fought on set.
On Sunday, Liza and Angie attended a press conference for the new series Master of Destiny <風雲天地>, which premiered in Hong Kong on Monday, June 22. Liza and Angie were joined by the rest of the series’ cast, as well as the series’ producer, Wong Jing (王晶). Master of Destiny is a 50 million RMB co-production between TVB, Shanghai’s TVBC and Beijing’s NLCB.
Master of Destiny is the first drama to feature both Liza and Angie in over thirty years. Upon hearing this, Liza joked, “In The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, we fought for Cheung Mo Kei (Adam Cheng). Now, we’re fighting for our son (Kenny Wong 黃德斌).”
The 32-episode drama stars Liza as businesswoman and matriarch Kwan Yeuk Nam, who is caught between a large inheritance fight between her three sons, portrayed by Kenny Wong, Hawick Lau (劉愷威), and Edwin Siu (蕭正楠). Angie stars as Kenny’s birth mother.
Liza Denies Not Getting Along with Angie
On how it felt to work with Angie again, Liza said, “We haven’t worked together in over (thirty) years. The only time was for The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre. [Angie] is very mature and professional.”
Liza admitted that she did not stay in contact with Angie after they went their separate ways. “I’m in Hong Kong and she is always flying back and forth between Taiwan and the Mainland. She’s very busy all the time.” She refuted the rumors claiming that they did not get along, “We haven’t even stayed in contact. When we do meet up, it’s usually during social events. Her husband, Melvin Wong (黃錦燊) used to be my partner. I even hired him as the male lead in the first film I invested in.”
Would Liza invite Angie out for tea? “I don’t think so,” said Liza. “We have different friends and we’re all very busy. I rarely have tea with my colleagues. Not even with Lydia Shum (沈殿霞), and we were very close.”
Angie Is Happy to Work with Liza Again
Angie said she was thrilled for the opportunity to work with Liza again. “We collaborated before, and she took care of me when I was still a rookie. Now that we’re working together again, I feel that we do have that spark because we were partners before.”
She did not understand why they were having rumors that they did not get along, explaining that they rarely collaborated, had different images, and filmed different dramas. Their last drama together was the 1979 wuxia series Chor Lau Heung <楚留香>, in which Liza was a guest star.
“Liza helped us out with a guest appearance in Chor Lau Heung, and now it’s my turn to help out with a guest appearance in Master of Destiny. We’re going both ways. There is no discord between us. Filming was fun and happy.”
This article is written Addy for JayneStars.com.