Sharon Chan’s Journey in the Entertainment Industry
Before Sharon Chan (陳敏之) began her acting career, her ultimate dream was to become a successful singer. With her tall height and curvaceous body figure, she entered the entertainment industry at the young age of 15. Soon after, Sharon auditioned for a music company and became one of five students to a Japanese music teacher.
Recalling those days, Sharon said she had felt like she was dreaming. She woke up each morning questioning herself whether everything was real. Entering the music company was a chance for her wish to be granted. Unfortunately, two years later, the music company decided not to remain in Hong Kong for further developments. Sharon’s dream to become a singer was crushed.
“It was like falling from heaven to hell. I spent two happy years, but I couldn’t believe it ended as fast as it began. I lost my sense of direction, and so I thought I should go back to being a model. However, the music company helped us look for opportunities. They asked me if I wanted to join TVB,” Sharon said.
As a television lover, Sharon was glad of the offer. After a successful audition, she became a host for a game show. Sharon admitted she was very lucky to have had a decent position as soon as she entered TVB, instead of portraying cameos like other newcomers. “Although I didn’t have many opportunities when I was in the music industry, I gained valuable experience. In TVB, nobody looked down on me, and we’re like a family. I have good relationships with my coworkers.”
In terms of filming dramas, many of Sharon’s characters are likely to be unfavorable among the audience. However, Sharon does not mind. “I really like these types of special roles! Although some characters were not good people, they were new opportunities for me. The best part is that I am able to experience a life that is hard to approach in reality. This is when actors get all the fun.”
Most people would think of “Hot Legs Queen” when Sharon’s name is mentioned. This deeply rooted image can be a good or bad thing. “Being praised is of course good, but I don’t want to be only known as ‘Hot Legs Queen’. I don’t want the audience to focus on my legs when I’m portraying other characters.” Sharon exclaims that she would like to challenge herself by playing a mentally disabled person, in order to stray away from the sexy image.
Most Memorable Experience
When asked about her most memorable experience over the years, Sharon speaks of collaborating with Leslie Cheung (張國榮) at the age of 18. “Although it was more than ten years ago, it’s still the most memorable. We filmed a music video together, in which we were in a disco. He was surrounded by a group of girls, and I remember we were already extremely excited to watch him from far away. Suddenly, he chose me and placed my hand on his chest. At the time, I felt so nervous and excited to be able to touch Leslie Cheung’s chest! I wanted to have numerous outtakes, just so I could touch his chest some more.”
This article is written by Shirley for JayneStars.com.