Hera Chan (陳曉華) just gave her first on-screen kiss to Matthew Ho (何廣沛) for the upcoming TV drama Paranormal Shop <異搜店> (tentative title), a story about a man who has the power of knowing the history of whatever item he touches.
Earlier this week, Matthew and Hera were spotted filming a romantic kissing scene at a beachfront in Sai Wan. Paranormal Shop is Hera’s fourth TV drama since her entry into the entertainment industry through the 2018 Miss Hong Kong Pageant. It is also her first drama as leading actress.
According to reports, Matthew and Hera kissed over three times, lasting over 10 seconds in total. Both of them were quite nervous before doing the scene—Hera, because it was her first onscreen kiss; and Matthew, because it was her first onscreen kiss.
“[Matthew] taught me to hold my breath during the kiss,” shared Hera, when she was asked to share her experience with the reporters. “But I didn’t have enough breath! It got me a little dizzy.”
Matthew explained, “When you’re doing scenes like that, you’re really physically close with the other person. It’s easy to feel how the other person is breathing, and when you’re sharing breaths it can get even more awkward. That’s why I told her to hold her breath. She definitely took a big breath at one point, and the director didn’t yell cut. She was literally shaking!”
To know that she would go through her very first on-screen kiss was a very stressful process, but Hera was surprised to find that her nerves calmed down a lot on the day of filming. “Matthew knew it was my very first kissing scene, so he calmly and really logically explained to me how we should do the scene, and demonstrated it with his fists as heads.”
Matthew said, “I was more afraid that I’ll scare her! It’s her first onscreen kiss after all. I tried my best to explain it to her. Communication and respect for your partner is very important.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.