Enjoying good reception since airing, Deep in the Realm of Conscience (宮心計2·深宮計) also brought back familiar ATV artistes such as Savio Tsang (曾偉權) and Alice Chan (陳煒). Although Savio is a recognized face among television watchers and is most often remembered for his roles as the antagonist, many may not recall that the 56-year-old actor was a popular star in the 1980s.
Savio joined the ATV acting training class in 1982 and was classmates with Kenny Ho (何家劲). After graduating, Savio was one of the most heavily promoted new batch of actors and took part in many series, including The Romance of the White Hair Maiden <白髮魔女傳> and Jade Bow Connection <雲海玉弓緣>. Despite his successes with ATV, Savio shared in a previous interview that joining ATV was actually a secondary option. “At that time, enrollment for both ATV and TVB’s acting training courses happened at the same time. When I got there, I saw that the line for TVB’s course was really long, and ATV’s line was shorter. I figured I would have time to sign up for TVB acting course after signing up for ATV’s. However, after signing up with ATV, it was already past 5 p.m. and TVB’s admission closed at 6 p.m. There was still a really long line outside of TVB, so I just decided to go home.”
After a few years, Savio left ATV to join TVB in hopes of experiencing change and new challenges. However, the passionate actor quickly learned that hard work does not necessarily equate to success. Although he was given the chance to star as the main male lead when he first joined TVB, the continual influx of younger actors eventually caused Savio to be demoted to second, and eventually, third line roles.
Although Savio did not enjoy the level of success at TVB as he did while at ATV, he has learned to look on the bright side. He understands that some people just have innate audience fate and will still be successful in the entertainment industry even if they do not necessarily possess the acting chops. He said, “What can you do? Beat him up? Bite him? The world is unfair.” Savio is comforted by the thought that if he were to spend every day moping about world being unfair, then he will never be happy. Instead, he focuses on highlighting his strengths.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.