Transitioning to antagonistic roles in recent years, Roger Kwok‘s (郭晉安) career and popularity rose even further. He received rave reviews for his performance in Last One Standing <與敵同行> and earned his third TV King award for his role in Black Heart White Soul (忠奸人). Most recently, his role as YT Yeung in the medical drama, Big White Duel <白色強人>, has put him on the radar for another Best Actor nomination this year.
Roger said, “I won’t think about what kinds of awards there will be just because the series is getting positive feedback. I don’t think this way when I am filming, and I don’t think about it when it is broadcasting either. An award is given to you one night. However, if the drama can make people want to re-watch it, the satisfaction is even greater.”
Surprisingly, this is Roger’s first time portraying a doctor. Roger reflected, “This character has both a logical and emotional side to him. The logical side knows that there needs to be medical reform. If someone prevents this from happening, he would readily get rid of this person. He is a calculative person with a lot of foresight. However, when he is rescuing and saving people, his emotional side would come out and we can see his humane side. Towards John Chiang’s (姜大衛) character, he would not do him any special favors just to give him face. However, towards Ali Lee (李佳芯) and Kelly Cheung’s (張曦雯) characters, he would reveal his real sentiments. His relationship with Kenneth Ma’s (馬國明) character is even more unique, so filming opposite Kenneth was much more dimensional and fun. His character thinks I am not a good or righteous person, so he will fight me on a lot of things.”
Unlike his previous evil characters, YT can be better described as a morally gray character. To this, Roger said, “An ‘evil’ character is someone who kills and hurts other and would do anything to achieve their goals. However, YT is not doing what he’s doing for his own benefit. Because of this, there are many ways that he could express himself. When I portrayed this character, I decided to portray him as an antagonist, as an anti-hero. I believed I would be able to portray this type of character successfully with all my experiences now.”
An Understanding Father
Although Roger has been taking on more antagonistic roles in recent years, he is not worried that his young children will have a bad impression of him. “Fortunately, they understand that it is just acting.”
However, Roger revealed that his kids don’t watch his dramas, because they don’t understand the content. “They’ll watch and understand Marvel movies. Kids these days may not sit still for long periods of time to watch a television series. I hope that one day, they will watch some of my projects and understand their dad a little more. Perhaps not today, but maybe one year they will decide to watch all of my dramas at least once.”
Unlike YT, Roger is more tempered and understanding with his children. “Although I am the man of the household, I try my best to assimilate into their world and their perspective. Children their age are very emotional and moody. I make an effort to control my temper and mood around them.”
Leaving the Nest
No longer a contracted artiste with TVB, Roger signed with Wong Cho Lam’s (王祖藍) company due to the higher pay and hopes of more opportunities. “The pay is very important. If it wasn’t a significant amount, then I would’ve stayed at TVB. Pay is also one of the main reasons that attract us to go work in Mainland China. All I can say is that the amount of money you’re paying me will not go to waste. I will definitely make the amount worth it.”
Maintaining good relations with TVB, Roger will film one TVB series per year. However, between the projects at his new company and his work in China, how will he divide his time? “If the script is good and the price is right, I will tell my manager to ask them to postpone the filming date. If they’re specifically asking for me, then they must know I will be able to earn them money. So one of them can postpone their projects. This is a problem for my manager to figure out.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.