Known for her diverse acting portfolio, Mandy Wong (黃智雯) is well on her way to cementing her status as TVB’s go-to actress and anchoring the station’s big-budget dramas.
In the TVB anniversary drama, Line Walker 3 <使徒行者3>, Mandy once again expands her acting range by portraying Madam G, a policewoman diagnosed with Savant syndrome and Asperger syndrome. Sharing that Madam G is perhaps her favorite character so far in her career, Mandy expressed, “I enjoy portraying abnormal or anti-hero characters that pose a challenge. Prior to filming, I discussed with the producer and director many times on how we can build on the image and personality of Madam G. I wanted to preserve her special characteristics, but also make it convincing. It’s a fine balance to grasp.”
Coming Out of Her Quiet Shell
In real life, Mandy is much different from her character. While Madam G is a brilliant detective that fails at recognizing and considering other people’s feelings, Mandy considers herself as someone that is emotionally aware, but not very intelligent. “My emotional quotient is rather high. When I say things, I make sure not to hurt other people’s feelings or make them feel bad. My intelligence, on the other hand, is not quite as good. I’m not very good at analyzing things, but I can tell how a person is feeling based on their expressions and body movements.”
Despite her high emotional intelligence, Mandy initially was a quiet and reserved person, preferring to speak less to avoid making mistakes. “I became more careful after entering the entertainment industry. Because I am afraid of offending people, I don’t express myself as often. I am slow to warm to others and often wait until I get home to vent or talk about my problems with family. A good thing about this is that when people attack or offend me, I am quick to forget.”
Her reserved attitude changed when she met her good friends Nancy Wu (胡定欣), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒) and other members of “The Nonsense Club”. “After I met them, I slowly opened up and started to feel that the real me isn’t necessarily negative. I began to express myself a bit more.”
Since her debut in 2007, Mandy has had very little rumors, leading to less media coverage in comparison to those who debuted around the same time. On whether this contributed to her slow career rise, Mandy expressed, “Everyone’s path is different. I did not deliberately avoid having negative news or rumors. This is just who I am. I am on time when filming, I do my homework and read the scripts ahead of time, and I am very self-disciplined. This is my way of protecting and maintaining my healthy image. I don’t deliberately do things to make more ‘noise’ in the media. I am comfortable with just focusing on my work.”
Stability in Work and Love
Craving stability in her life, Mandy has been dating her boyfriend, jewelry company executive Anthony Chim (詹天文), for eight years. It is said that Mandy recently moved in with Anthony and that the two are preparing to tie the knot soon.
Her reserved attitude with work and her career also translates to her love life. Already busy with her career, she has no room for drama and takes a pragmatic approach. “I prefer my personal life to be more grounded and down-to-earth. For example, it is enough that we enjoy a nice meal together or go on vacation. I don’t think he loves me because of my gifts or the surprises I give him, but rather my positivity and open-mindedness. I don’t like arguing, because I will definitely lose. I’d much rather turn big problems into small ones, and small ones into no problems at all.”
On how she keeps her eight-year relationship running strong, Mandy expressed, “When you probe too much or see one another too often, it gets boring fast. [My boyfriend and I] give each other our own space and have trust and feel secure with one another. This really helps our relationship in the long-term.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.