Natalie Tong Cries for “Storm in a Cocoon”
Known for her sympathetic roles in many TVB dramas, Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) tackled one of her most challenging roles to-date in TVB’s Storm in a Cocoon <守業者>. Portraying a young and selfish con-artist in the series, Natalie often had to shift her emotions from being manipulative to vulnerable.
“I don’t know why, but I tend to play many delicate and pitiful characters in the past,” Natalie said. “Then again, it was easy for me to grasp onto those feelings. However, this time, I am portraying a character that is rather energetic, and she is completely different from my own personality. I am usually a quiet person.”
To get herself into character easier, Natalie would warmly greet the staff and her costars while going into the studios, and she would try her best to engage in conversations and talk more often. “I want to maintain the high-tide emotions.”
Natalie’s role, Fung Chi Ching, is a young woman who was offered a job in the silk factory in order to avoid her monetary debts. She ultimately falls in love with her co-worker Hung Chor Kau (Matt Yeung 楊明), but their romance suffers a tragic ending. “There was a lot of crying scenes for me towards the end of the series,” Natalie explained. “I’m actually an oversensitive person myself so I can cry easily, and plus the script was really well-written, it got me always crying.”
Natalie shared a lot of her onscreen time with Maggie Shiu (邵美琪), who portrays Natalie’s superior. Natalie expressed that she received a lot of acting tips from Maggie and praised her to be a very helpful senior, “Maggie is usually pretty cool, but once we started to have meals together, we began to talk a lot. She often gives me a lot of acting advices. She told me to be watchful of how I enunciate my dialogue.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.