In the past two years, the Hong Kong television industry gets to see the rise of The Confidant <大太監> stars, Oscar Leung (梁烈唯) and Natalie Tong (唐詩詠), into prominence. After winning TVB’s Most Improved Female Artist in 2010 for her performance in A Fistful of Stances <鐵馬尋橋>, Natalie is slowly paving her win to become one of TVB’s top fadans. Oscar, who found fame from 2012’s L’Escargot <缺宅男女> and Tiger Cubs <飛虎>, is quickly following her footsteps. He is currently the most popular candidate to win TVB’s Most Improved Actor this year.
Oscar Has Confidence
Oscar exclaimed that he wants to eventually become a lead actor in TVB. He is very aware that he is neither tall nor handsome, but he does not believe that he is at a disadvantage. “I hope to become a siu sang who is talented and capable,” exclaimed Oscar.
The 33-year-old actor is currently nominated for both the Best Supporting Actor and Most Improved Actor awards for the 2012 TVB Anniversary Awards. “I do not dare to win both of them, but I am rather confident about winning Most Improved. I do not have a high chance for Best Supporting Actor. My competitors are too strong. Koo Ming Wah (古明華) and Power Chan (陳國邦) did really well in their respective roles, and Power Chan is also my teacher – he has taught me so much.”
As Oscar reflected on his performances in the past year, he expressed that he is very grateful to have the chances to pursue in both acting and hosting careers. “I also got to sing, dance, and even do films. My career had a lot of diversity, so it is a better match for the Most Improved criteria.”
Natalie Does Not Crave for Love
In The Confidant, Emperor Tongzhi and Empress Jiashun, portrayed by Oscar and Natalie respectively, are doomed for separation. Although the couple loves each other deeply, Tongzhi’s mother, Empress Dowager Cixi (Michelle Yim 米雪) tries to separate the couple. She succeeds in the end, but at a price. Tongzhi and Cixi’s relationship become more estranged, and Tongzhi begins to seek comfort in prostitutes, later dying from a sexually transmitted disease.
Unlike her role in The Confidant, Natalie is not looking for love. Natalie believes that there are many kinds of love, and romantic love is something that she does not crave at the moment.
Natalie has been linked with Amigo Choi (崔建邦) in the past, and although Natalie has admitted that Amigo had cheated on her more than once. Natalie does not regret the relationship they had with each other, and stressed that she and Amigo are still good friends. Since breaking up with Natalie, Amigo’s life was plagued with scandals. Did his scandals change Natalie’s views of him? Natalie stated, “I want to keep it a secret. I don’t want my perspectives to affect others’ opinions of him, and I do not want to stir up more controversy. Will we reconcile our relationship in the future? I don’t even know what will happen to me in the future! I cannot rule out that I may have a lot of pursuers!”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
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