Selena Li Doesn’t Know Her Place at TVB
In front of the press, Slow Boat Home <情越海岸線> star Selena Li (李詩韻) gave the impression that she is cold and watchful, but she had the habit of partying at clubs and meeting the young and rich second generation heirs. The 32-year-old actress does not agree.
“They say I like to date rich heirs, but please don’t forget that I had a five-year relationship with a boyfriend called Patrick Tang (鄧健泓). I definitely do not want [to date] the second generation. I like guys who achieve success with their own hands.”
In Slow Boat Home, Selena portrays Heidi Kwok, a manipulative and calculative woman who betrays her loved ones in order to achieve new heights in her career. Although Selena herself had studied accounting when she was in college, she has learned that numbers do not mean everything, and unlike Heidi – in which everything and everyone is counted as a pawn – Selena understands that not everything can be counted.
“Heidi is a very difficult character. She has a goal, she knows how to get there, and she is willing to achieve anything to climb up that ladder. But she also has a heart, and halfway through the story, she feels the guilt. There are many sides to her. Sometimes she is happy and sometimes she is kind, but on the other side, she is lonely, sad, and scheming. There are many layers to her, and she is someone I have never tried playing before.”
Selena is grateful to have come upon a role like Heidi’s. Being one of the most difficult roles that she has ever portrayed, the actress considers Heidi to be a new breakthrough in her career.
Selena Still Feels Lost
Selena made her debut as a contestant for the Miss Hong Kong pageant in 2003. Although she took home the Miss Talent and Miss Photogenic special awards at the pageant, Selena failed to make it into the finalist round, becoming the first Miss Photogenic winner in history to have failed to make it as a top five finalist.
“I never liked the feeling of losing. Whether or not it was for school or for sports, I have to be number one. When I joined the pageant, I honestly expected myself to at least make it to a runner-up, but in the end, I couldn’t even enter the top five. Honestly, I instantly cried. I considered leaving everything behind and moving back to Canada. But the future is unpredictable, and in the end, I was able to get job offers and do considerably well in the business. After less than three years, I was able to play second-lead roles, and I was happy. But after that… I’ve tried doing supporting roles, and even guest roles, and sometimes I go back to doing second-lead roles, but honestly, I really don’t know what my place is at the moment. I still feel so lost.”
There are many things that cannot be counted, and in this case, Selena finds her future in the industry as unpredictable. “I’ve learned to relax, and learn to understand that no one will stay number one forever. As long as you’ve tried, you’ll learn how to enjoy the struggle.”
In 2005, when Selena was beginning to find a name for herself in the industry, her father filed for bankruptcy. It was reported that her father’s debt collectors even sent a letter to TVB, requesting for Selena to pay up.
“Many believed that since my parents were rich, I must have lived a very privileged life. But my siblings and I never really lived like we were rich. My mother is very frugal. She did not hire a housekeeper for our house in Canada. My siblings and I were in charge of the house cleaning. Thinking back, I was never really that close to my parents, but they were still very supportive. I was worried about my father [after the bankruptcy]. He is a very traditional man as he seems to believe that he is responsible for everything, but we all got through it together.”
Rich Second Generation Out of the Equation
“I know many girls want to marry the rich, especially second generation heirs. The father is in charge of earning the money while the son and his wife are in charge of spending it. For me, rich second generation heirs are definitely not my cup of tea. I’ve met too many of them, and our values are completely different. If we don’t have common ground, how will we be able to communicate? I can’t even imagine being friends with them!”
Selena continued, “It doesn’t matter if his financial situation is rich or poor. The most important thing is devotion. I am really loyal when it comes to love, and I will ask for my boyfriend to be the same. I believe in karma – if you lie, expect others to do the same to you. Yes, a perfect man is hard to find, but I believe that there are still some out there. I will be waiting.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.