Although Ram Chiang (蔣志光) always delivered memorable television performances, last year was the first time TVB recognized his talent with the Best Supporting Actor award. Come on, Cousin <老表，你好hea!> also allowed Ram to showcase his vocal talents, helping him win a slew of media attention and fans overnight. While enjoying this newfound popularity, Ram remains humble and modest.
Ram began his acting career in 1993 and is a recognized face in playing diverse supporting roles in TVB dramas. Already 53 years old and retired from his singing career, Ram did not contemplate the possibility of achieving fame again in his career. However, his portrayal as an initially deadbeat, but talented musician in Come on, Cousin reignited the audience’s affection for his soulful voice.
Through his love for music, Ram was able to overcome the struggles of identity crisis that many young actors now fight. “When I first began acting, I often asked myself: ‘Who am I?’ My own identity and my portrayal of the character blended together. The television world is simulated and the characters are made up. But music is real and authentic both inside and outside of the television world.”
Will Not Make a Musical Comeback
In the industry for thirty years, Ram is aware of how the entertainment industry runs. Despite the audience’s hope for Ram’s musical comeback, he has no such intentions. “I don’t like to look back. After all, this is everyone’s memory. Soon, the audience will crave for something new and fresh.”
A Simple Man Living Amongst the Crowd
For Ram, fame and fortune are meaningless. He said,”Even if they elevate you very high, you can be buried equally deep.” Rather than being idolized onscreen, Ram prefers living a normal life. Craving the joy of living amongst the crowd, he chooses to ride the subway despite his celebrity status. Ram’s familiar face often attracts many keen-eyed citizens when he steps out in public.
“After watching the basketball game [recently], someone saw me and waved, ‘Hi, Ram!’ It was not the greeting that a superstar would receive. The feeling is that Ram Chiang is the everyday neighbor that you see.” Ram shared that he enjoyed this type of attention. Rather than being admired as a celebrity, he enjoys being viewed as everyone’s friend.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.