In an interview on a radio show hosted by producer Gary Yeung (楊紹鴻) and Elena Kong (江美儀), TV Queen Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯) opened up about her rough childhood and early beginnings in TV. Lacking familial love for most of her early life, Sheren was eager to leave home as soon as possible. She said the urges to leave came as early as when she was still in secondary school.
“I wanted to quickly graduate to society and be independent,” she said. “I was told that artistes in the entertainment industry were always busy and could never go home. Because I didn’t want to go home, that’s why I decided to become an actor.”
Before she decided on becoming an actor, Sheren had considered being a flight attendant. Because she used to live near the now-retired Kai Tak Airport, Sheren grew up wanting to work as a flight attendant so she could leave Hong Kong. It was only after applying for a spot when Sheren realized that there was an age requirement. People under 19 years of age were not eligible to apply to be a flight attendant.
Fortunately, applying to TVB’s artiste training class had no age restriction, and it was there where Sheren got her legendary career started.
When asked why Sheren didn’t consider applying for the Miss Hong Kong Pageant, Sheren said, “I’ve always had a very boyish personality. I even remember wishing to have a smaller chest so I could play basketball conveniently.” Sheren added that she didn’t consider herself beautiful enough to compete. Sheren said she had large scar down her leg at the time.
Still a student at the time, Sheren immediately caught the attention of various TVB producers. In 1985, she cast to star as the female lead in the historical drama The Legend of the General Who Never Was <薛仁貴征東>, starring opposite Alex Man (萬梓良). Flames sparked between Sheren and Alex, and they dated for a period of time.
Sheren said she lacked a lot of love in her family. When she met Alex—who was not only a father figure, but also a mentor and a friend, Sheren naturally started to develop admiration for him. “When you’re filming dramas 24/7, you rarely meet people outside of the industry. The only people you see all the time are your on-screen partners. It’s very easy to fall in love with them.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.