After his short stint in prison for his DUI offenses, Mat Yeung (楊明) is currently seen in drama Night Beauties <一舞傾城>. He thanked TVB and producer Wong Jing (王晶) for giving him this opportunity despite his scandalous past.
Not worried about the negative comments about himself, Mat is more concerned about whether his controversy would affect the drama and cast. “When the drama first aired, netizens referred to me as a prisoner in a derogative manner. It is the truth and I can’t control what others say. If they feel happier after saying this, then go ahead. These personal attacks have no substance and won’t help me in the future, so I choose to forget them quickly. People on the street also address me in the same way– I just smile in response. Of course, there are also people who come over to say they support me.”
Mat’s 17 days in prison were the hardest, as he had to face the unknown. “My room had lights on 24 hours per day, so it was hard to sleep. I had a really hard time adjusting during the first two days. I told myself this is punishment for my actions, but I cannot let myself spiral down. With the hardest days now behind me, I need to face the future with positive energy.” Since Mat learned his lesson and will never make these mistakes again, he hopes to share his experiences with others and spread positivity.
Although he had a hard time during his trial, Mat never considered breaking up with his girlfriend Lisa Chong (莊思明), “This thought never crossed my mind. During these three years, she helped me face the media and the public while supporting me privately….. This is not something a normal woman can do–she really stood by my side. I’ll take care of her for the rest of my life as repayment. I’ll work hard to not make her worry. If it weren’t for her, I would have had a much harder time. I’m ashamed that I made my family worry, and I hope my parents can enjoy the rest of their lives.”
Lisa was very touched by Mat’s promise, “Maybe outsiders misunderstand him, thinking that I’m the only one giving in this relationship. I’m not stupid; I won’t let someone who is not good to me stay by my side. He treats me very well, always takes care and accommodates me with everything in life. He treats my family very well and is very filial. He is someone with strong family values.”
At this time, Mat does not have any jobs scheduled but fortunately he has some savings. He believes in working hard to improve himself and maintaining a good mental state. True to his word, Mat lost weight for Night Beauties and even had a minor heat stroke while filming back-to-back fighting scenes. Although it was tough, he joked that he is even more scared of filming passionate scenes. “I joined TVB when I was 17 and it’s been 25 years. TVB is my home–I never thought about leaving. I’m very lucky and thankful that the company did not give up on me, so I need to work even harder to repay them.”
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.