Starring in her first lead role in Threesome <三個女人一個因> last year, Mandy Wong was a strong favorite for TVB Best Actress. Despite snagging two Favorite Acting awards from Singapore and Malaysia, Mandy did not end up with the TVB award. Remaining passionate about her work, Mandy spoke about her filming experience in the recently aired drama, My Life As a Loan Shark <街坊財爺>.
Though the series is a comedy, Mandy feels exhausted from always staying cheerful for her role. Fortunately, she was surrounded by many comedic veterans. “Kent Cheng (鄭則士), Kingdom Yuen (苑瓊丹), and Maggie Siu (邵美琪) are all great at comedy. I have to really pay attention to their words when filming, as I worry about not being able to keep up when the cameras start rolling. Kingdom, especially, is amazing. Basically, there is a new twist to every take for her. She is a very dynamic actress. I am very happy for the opportunity to work with a group of veterans.”
She added, “Kent is also really great. Even if he is not involved in the scene or is off that day, he would still come to the set early to help me go over my script and gives me tips on how to perform my scenes better. He doesn’t just worry about his scenes, but is also concerned about other people’s characters too. I trust the advice and tips he gives me. I feel like I am a baby attending class.”
With her dramas scheduled to air one after another this year, Mandy has taken this opportunity to fill up her free time. She decided to go to France to study acting, in order to continuously seek self-improvement. “When I attended class in France, I felt that I was not good enough. Sometimes, I would think about what acting really is? If you ask whether I am good at acting, I don’t feel like I am. I never felt like I had any special charm or charisma, but I know that I really love acting. As long as I love and am passionate about something, I will be successful one day.”
Despite passion, it is the normal journey of an artiste to go through dips in their career. “There are of course times when I am unhappy. There have even been times that I failed. However, there is not a single event that has made me feel like I wanted to give up. Bottleneck is a real thing. I have questioned myself whether I really was this lucky that I have not gone through something like that. But I realized that this is not the case. If you really like something, even if you encounter misery, you would still feel joy in it.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.