Shaun Tam Shares Difficulty of Being a Second-Generation Celebrity
When Shaun Tam (譚俊彥) was studying in Canada, he had intended to pursue a career in advertising, but he found himself entering the entertainment industry upon his return to Hong Kong. As a second-generation celebrity, Shaun admits that doors opened more easily for him, especially at the start of his career.
His father, Ti Lung (狄龍), who was a famous Hong Kong actor in the 1970s and 1980s, helped Shaun land his first role in Midnight Fly <慌心假期> alongside Anita Mui (梅艷芳). Shaun’s good boy image impressed veteran actors, and Anita offered advice that he still finds to be useful today. He shared, “Anita taught me to choose my friends wisely, and advised which places I should and should not go to.”
Ti Lung’s expectations on him were simple, as Shaun recalled, “He told me three things I can never do: enter a homosexual relationship, do drugs, or join the triads. I don’t have interests in any of these things, so my dad was relieved.”
Carrying the name of Ti Lung’s son, or second-generation celebrity, can sometimes be a big pressure. While he received certain opportunities because of his father, Shaun said that was not always the case, “My dad would never tell people directly to cast me. My dad doesn’t own a filming company nor is he the president of the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild, so why would people just randomly give me a chance? [The gossip] used to bother me to the point where I didn’t even want to take a picture with my dad. But now, I’ve matured and I’m no longer as stubborn. I think it is fate that both of us have played Justice Pao and allow the viewers to enjoy [the dramas].”
Aside from his dad’s support, Shaun is also grateful towards his wife Yann‘s (任祉妍) sacrifices for their family. He still remembers the night he confessed to her, in which they were under a starry night. At first, Yann rejected him because he felt their relationship would not be secure due to different directions in their lives. Now with two children, their family bond has grown stronger. He said, “My wife is my biggest support. She gave up her career to support our family. I am very lucky.”
This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.