Although actress Ali Lee (李佳芯) previously denied being frozen by TVB for voicing her political standpoint, TVB ultimately replaced her with Eliza Sam (岑麗香) in the yet to be filmed drama, Who Wants a Baby 2 <BB來了2>.
Plans for a sequel to Who Wants a Baby <BB來了> were confirmed after the original series achieved huge success and won Ali the TV Queen award. Due to scheduling conflicts, shooting was supposed to commence at the end of September. However, since Ali was banned by Mainland China for her political views, and removed as the face of Alipay and various makeup brands, TVB scrapped its initial plans to feature the original leads in the sequel. Thus, Lai Lok Yi (黎諾懿) won’t be returning either. Instead, Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Eliza will play the protagonists this time around. It will be Eliza’s comeback drama since the birth of her son.
Kenneth is Happy to Fill Lok Yi’s Shoes
In response to the news, Ali said, “I have heard that there will be changes, but I have not heard what will happen. There were discussions of putting it on the back burner, as there were too many conflicts with our schedules. I can’t handle a 25-episode series after filming a 30-episode drama.”
Though the media reported Ali’s political controversy dragged down Lok Yi, she said, “No need to worry! He actually has a lot of variety shows and the company has a lot of dramas, so there will be work. Every actor has value and will be put to good use.”
On the other hand, Lok Yi expressed it was a pity, but he also understood that no one wanted it to happen. He said, “If one of us was missing for the sequel, then it wouldn’t be the same. So using a new cast is the right thing to do. There will be a new lineup and a new story.”
Lok Yi added, “In fact, I felt pressure about the sequel, so I’m fine with how everything turned out. I’ll leave it as a good memory.”
When Kenneth was interviewed, he shared that he did not receive official notice from the company. Currently busying filming Line Walker 3 <使徒行者3> until the end of the year, he said, “If the company arranged work for us, then we have to do it. Of course, I’m happy to film a drama.”
As for working with Eliza, Kenneth said he’s worked with her before. “She is an actress that can make her colleagues feel good,” he expressed.
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.