TVB actress Regina Ho (何依婷) is ushered in as the station’s new rising star after winning Miss Hong Kong 2017 first runner-up and has already landed her first leading role in A Love of No Words <十月初五的月光> – a remake of 2005’s classic Return of the Cuckoo <十月初五的月光>. Under the spotlight, Regina’s acting gets compared with Charmaine Sheh’s (佘詩曼) acting in the original series and this forces Regina to quickly learn to adapt to being under the public’s eyes.
When Regina first debuted, the actress was often the target of negative press as the media painted her as “money-hungry” and “likes to flaunt her wealth.” Faced with the criticism, Regina confesses that it took a toll on her health, “I get an upset stomach when I am unhappy and I have been relying on stomach medicine for a long time. I hope that as I get more mature, I will take less medicines and my stomach and emotions can be stronger. It will be great when I no longer need those medicines.”
In A Love of No Words, not only is Regina faced with a lot of pressure in being compared to Charmaine, Regina is often criticized for her brash portrayal of the character. Responding to the comments, Regina shares, “First, the story has changed. Second, if it’s exactly the same as the original, there is not a lot of purpose in filming a remake and we might as well just watch the original.”
Regina continued, “I wanted to add something new and make my character a little different. The original character really relied on her brother and mother. Now it is 20 years later and there isn’t a girl like that in this era. You need to update the character and make her more independent.”
Becoming Mature to Deal with Criticism
Under the mounting criticism, Regina grows tougher and chooses face them heads on. Regina reveals that she does not have any regret in filming the remake, “I haven’t done anything wrong so why do I have to care so much. When I was filming the drama, I already tried my best. I have room for improvement but I don’t have any regrets.”
Even as the media continues to print negative rumors, Regina learns to move on, “Honestly, the media says a lot of things that are not true and so it doesn’t affect my personality. Maybe I feel wronged in the face of rumors but it’s ok, I can bear it.”
Thankfully, Regina can always rely on her family for support and she hopes she can one day repay her family, “My parents treat me very well and they didn’t place any financial pressure on me. I usually buy gifts for them but they never ask me for money or to contribute to the living expenses. I wish I could save more money and use the money I never gave them to buy them a property.”
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.