Once criticized for her acting and attracting negative gossip, Sisley Choi (蔡思貝) remained focused on her work and eventually won over viewers for her breakthrough performance in Legal Mavericks <踩過界>. Reflecting on the past seven years since joining the industry, Sisley said the difficulties caused her a lot of unhappiness but they also shaped her into a better actress.
Joining Miss Hong Kong 2013 during her summer vacation break, Sisley had little life experience and expectations. Once carefree and spontaneous, she would not hesitate to backpack through Europe spontaneously. “I was inexperienced when I first entered the field–I was like a village girl who suddenly had a chance to enter the sparkling world of the entertainment industry,” said Sisley when describing her first impressions of becoming an actress. It was only when she became an actress, did she know that this was her true calling.
However, her dating rumors often overshadowed her hard work. Nicknamed as a “flirting machine” by the press, Sisley was linked with many male co-stars. “It was ridiculous and when I saw these headlines–I wanted to drown myself. To be honest, it is partially my fault. I warm up to people quickly and get along very well with my guy friends. I didn’t know the rules or etiquette back then, so it probably caused a lot of unnecessary miscommunication. Over the past few years, I’ve matured and know how to play by the rules in the entertainment industry. I hope everyone will cut me some slack in the future and use other words to describe me,” the 29-year-old actress said.
Growth Through Experience
The past seven years were filled with extreme emotional turbulence, and Sisley was even diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Accompanying Sisley during the tough times was her family. Citing her family as her biggest support, Sisley’s mother would quietly offer her support by bringing food and taking care of miscellaneous tasks around the house. Her father would offer his shoulder for Sisley to cry and lean on whenever she needed it.
Her mental health and personal growth required Sisley to find a greater balance, and she began finding joy in hard work with each learning opportunity. Sisley disclosed, “Sometimes I feel like if I wasn’t faced with all these challenges and obstacles, I may not have been able to perform and successfully portray my characters’ emotions. I’m starting to think that I’m actually quite lucky to have so many experiences that I can draw on when acting.”
Winning the Most Popular Female Character award for her performance in 2017’s Legal Mavericks was a turning point in her career. Grateful that her career has picked up, Sisley understands that an artiste must undergo rigorous training and be able to draw from different life experiences to be capable of getting into character.
Friendship with Hubert Wu
Surrounding herself with loving friends has also helped Sisley get through her darkest times. Since last year, Sisley’s friendship with singer Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞) was speculated to be much more than they admitted. Although the two have been photographed numerous times giving each other rides to work, Sisley said they are good friends who would text each other, offering words of encouragement and sharing tips on how to interpret music lyrics. Praising Hubert for possessing a very kind and humorous personality, Sisley said she is uncertain what the future holds but is grateful for his companionship and support.
Source: Ming Pao Weekly
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.