Myolie Wu (胡杏兒) has been one of Hong Kong’s most successful television actresses in recent years. Her showbiz career started after winning second runner-up at Miss Hong Kong 1999. For the next three years, Myolie starred in some of Hong Kong’s most popular dramas, such as the 2002 period drama Eternal Happiness <再生緣>, the 2003 modern drama Golden Faith <流金歲月>, and classic pilot drama Triumph in the Skies <衝上雲霄>.
Having worked with many successful costars over the years, Myolie said she is very lucky to have had the opportunity to collaborate with award-winning actors, expressing that she was able to improve her acting by learning from her costars.
On Anthony Wong
Myolie had the opportunity to work with Film King Anthony Wong (黃秋生) in TVB’s grand production Lord of Shanghai <梟雄>, a period drama set in pre-revolutionary China. “At first, I felt a lot of pressure working with him,” said Myolie. “After all, I was afraid that I wasn’t good enough.”
Lord of Shanghai features a star-studded cast, each sharing the same amount of screentime in the drama. Myolie valued the little time she was able to have with Anthony. “It wasn’t enough,” she said. “Not enough for me to learn more from Anthony.”
Anthony has a reputation for being difficult to work with, but in Myolie’s eyes, Anthony is a perfectionist with high expectations. “All successful actors are like this. He has high expectations of himself and others.”
On Francis Ng
Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) has a reputation for having a fiery temper, but Myolie defended him, expressing that he took the time to mentor the rookies on the set of Triumph in the Skies and would only yell at them if they made mistakes. “To this day, I still remember the things he had told me,” she said.
Myolie had the opportunity to work with Francis again in Triumph in the Skies 2, which aired in 2013. “We only had three to four scenes with each other. We’ve all grown, whether it was our characters or as actors. This kind of exchange is very valuable, and I cherish it.”
On Wayne Lai
Myolie played a couple with TV King Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) in the yet-to-air war drama No Reserve <巾幗梟雄之諜血長天>, the third installment to the Rosy Business <巾幗梟雄> franchise. Myolie praised Wayne’s charisma and said she truly did fall in love with his character during filming.
“He played a just and heroic role in the drama, and I could really feel how my character fell in love with him in that scene! He is amazing. Because of that, I was able to understand an actor’s charisma.”
Myolie said Wayne is not the type of senior who talks a lot with his juniors, but if one takes the initiate questions, he would give a lot of advice. “Working with him is very comfortable. He’s very supportive.”
On Kevin Cheng
Myolie is good friends with Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), whom she considers as her elder brother. Although sparks did not fly between them in Burning Flame 3 <烈火雄心3 >, they had wonderful chemistry in Ghetto Justice <怒火街頭>. “It was our roles. He was like fire and I was like metal. There were fireworks everywhere.”
Myolie was thrilled to see how happy Kevin was during the filming of Ghetto Justice, which was also the series that gave Kevin his second Best Actor award. “I could feel that he had finally found a role that was able to show off his talents.”
On Chilam Cheung
Myolie said her relationship with Chilam Cheung (張智霖) is like that of siblings. They collaborated for the first time in the 2011 romantic drama The Rippling Blossom <魚躍在花見>, portraying a bickering pair. Through costars Chilam and Damian Lau (劉松仁), Myolie was able to learn how to control her acting from the energy of others.
“At the time, I felt like I had hit a bottleneck in my career,” said Myolie. “I also wasn’t too keen on playing my role because she was one of those girls with the princess syndrome. If I didn’t play her well, she could easily turn out to be someone very unlikeable. It was Chilam and Damian who taught me that I could use others’ energy to control my own acting.”
Myolie and Chilam came together for the second time in Triumph in the Skies 2, portraying siblings. “We had a better understanding of each other, and we actually improved many of the dialogue in the series,” she said.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.