In recent years, Michelle Ye (葉璇) has transitioned from on-screen work to more behind-the-scenes projects. In addition to her acting career, Michelle established her own production company and also invested in business and is the owner of a sushi restaurant.
After announcing her break up with Mr. Xiao Mo (小默先生), her boyfriend of four years, Michelle did not let her relationship’s downfall affect her professionally. The career-minded actress recently collaborated with her old on-screen partner, Wang Baoqiang (王寶強), and invested in a Chinese web drama revolving around the topic of the police force. In addition to being an investor, Michelle will also take on the role of screenwriter and star in the drama herself.
On her desire to invest in this particular genre, Michelle shared, “I have been deeply impacted by Hong Kong television. I grew up with dramas like Armed Reaction <陀槍師姐> and Detective Investigation Files <刑事偵緝檔案>. I also really like historical dramas about heroism. I am a bit drawn to the idea of a knight in shining armor.”
For the past six or seven years, Michelle has been actively taking on screenwriting roles. After reading the script she wrote, Wang Baoqiang was extremely interested in the idea and suggested for the duo to collaborate. On collaborating with her colleague and friend of more than ten years, Michelle was full of praises for the actor. “I remember inviting everyone to my house one year for dinner. I stir fried some beans and put in a lot salt. He still said it tasted very good. That’s how you know he is someone with high EQ. Now that he’s matured, he is much wiser. For the web drama, he was able to secure a lot of sponsors.”
Because of her valiant personality, Michelle often is falls victim of scams and swindling. She revealed that she once let a colleague, whom she has met and known for only more than a month, borrow 600,000 RMB for an alleged emergency. However, she later found out that it was all a ploy.
Fortunately, this incident did not cause Michelle to become jaded. She still has faith in people and continues to be generous in letting friends borrow money. “When I ask for the money back and get it, I don’t lose anything. Instead, I would gain more friends, so why not? Trust is very important. Often, when people ask me to borrow money, I would not ask them to sign any documents.”
Her trust in others spills over to her professional work as well. She shared, “Even when I have actors and actresses film for me, I do not require them to sign any documents. This is similar to my views on marriage. I don’t believe that a piece of paper can give me any security! If unfortunately I come across dishonest and crooked people, signing a document will still be useless.”
This article is written by Joyce for JayneStars.com.