Stephen Wong Waiting To Be Promoted After 10 Years In TVB
Stephen Wong (黃嘉樂) has been working for TVB for ten years now but he has yet to be promoted to first or second line actor. He admits that it may be due to him not having enough initiative and hence lacking in the capability to handle matters. Stephen, who has been waiting to be promoted, professed that he often consulted Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) and Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and extracted the strengths of these two TVB actors to learn from.
Stephen, who has a sunny and handsome exterior, had starred in plenty of TVB drama serials and left quite an impression on viewers. For now, Stephen has been accepting series after another with TVB and without even realizing it, he had actually endured with TVB for ten full years now. Although he has yet to be promoted to first or second line actor position, Stephen professed that as compared to many people, he felt it wasn’t considered tough yet. In order to succeed in the entertainment circle, besides needing to work hard, timing, location (being at the right place at the right place) and people (meeting the right people and having good interpersonal skills) were essential elements too.
Asked about what he felt he was lacking in, Stephen said, “Maybe I am extremely lacking in initiative, too silent and deprived of the capability to handle matters. A lot of people thought that I was arrogant as I don’t really speak. As a Sagittarius, by rights, I should be talkative. Actually it’s because I wanted to prevent myself from making mistakes if I continued talking. I do not really know how to say things.”
Comparing To Others Will Only Make Yourself Miserable
In the current broadcast of The Life and Times of A Sentinel <紫禁驚雷>, Stephen acted as as Nalan Xingde (納蘭性德). To act as the Qing Dynasty’s foremost Poet, Stephen professed that there was a certain level of difficulty. Faced with very long dialogues and at the same time, not letting viewers feel puzzled proved to be a great test of skill.
Stephen declared that he will usually receive advice and tips from “Big Brother” Kevin Cheng and “Second Brother” Kenneth Ma, stealing and learning some of their strengths from there. Stephen said, “Many times when filming, we remember dialogues but we don’t remember the opening scene and the positions thus I follow ‘Second Brother’ Kenneth’s advice to take a notebook to record the details upon receiving the script. ‘Big Brother’ Kevin told me to be diligent in doing some homework, immerse myself in any role given and that several times one has to psycho himself and cannot tell himself that he can’t do it! Many times, as an artist, we will find ourselves returning back to a standstill situation. However, we must tell ourselves, ‘I can do it,’ but I will not compare myself to others because it will only make yourself more miserable.”
Stephen was currently busy filming Happy House, Hidden Dragon <樂府藏龍>, acting as Bobby Au-Yeung’s (歐陽震華) younger brother. Towards this senior, Stephen revealed that Bobby wasn’t only the apple of their eye (for making them happy on set) but would also give them opportunities to develop their acting skills further, “No matter how tired he was, Bobby would elevate us, return a reaction to let us develop in our roles and would even find an opportunity for everyone to create some acting sparks for the drama. Bobby really takes good care of juniors like us!”
From Nothing to Lovesick
Other than that, Stephen was earlier rumored with Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) and Coffee Lu (呂晶晶) at the same time. In reply to this, Stephen smiled and said, “If you were to eat salted fish, you have to bear the thirst (One has to pay a price to everything). There really has been an increased number of magazines reporting about my love life, from nothing to making me sound lovesick. Honestly saying, I rather hope that there was no news (about me) than having some negative news written about me.”
This article was translated by Ah K, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com.
Ah K: After reading this interview, Stephen strike me as an awkward young man who doesn’t know how to socialize and is not aggressive enough. He also seems anxious to please but doesn’t know where to start.
Being able to socialize and having good interpersonal skills is a must in the working world and Stephen’s tendency to keep his mouth shut to avoid any unnecessary trouble is a definite no-no. Stephen may seem like a man with principles but sometimes in life, it is necessary to go against your principles like making friends with colleagues you don’t like, be a hypocrite and saying good things you don’t mean in your heart and licking your boss’ boots in order to survive in the working world. The keyword here is flexibility, how much can one’s principles be worth? Will your principles be able to bring you bread and butter? Definitely not.
I also found Stephen to be an actor with some potential. Although his performance and roles haven’t been memorable, he acted rather well in “A Journey Called Life”《金石良緣》and “The Greatness of a Hero”《盛世仁傑》. It does seem rather sad for him to be pushed down to calefare roles even after slogging at TVB for ten years now.
The problem with Stephen is that he isn’t aggressive enough to seek opportunities for himself and doesn’t dare to be associated with other TVB actresses. Even his peers like Vincent Wong (王浩信) and Him Law (羅仲謙) have surpassed him, gaining popularity due to their constant appearance in the tabloids with Yoyo Chen (陳自瑤) and Theresa Fu (傅穎) so yes, bad news of getting romantically involved with co-stars can sometimes be better than no news at all. As for whether he sought opportunities for himself, did he ever ask TVB why he hasn’t been promoted and fight for a chance to be? Being aggressive is always better than doing nothing. Chances don’t just lie there, waiting for people to pick them up, it has to be created.