The 13 slaps Vincent Wong (王浩信) received from Damian Lau (劉松仁) last year for Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles <名媛望族> were not enough to win Vincent the Most Improved Male Artist award at the TVB Awards. Vincent tried his luck again with another abused role in 2013’s Will Power <法外風雲>, receiving an additional 24 slaps from costar Susan Tse (謝雪心). After earning the new nickname “Slapped Shun”, Vincent finally won the Most Improved Male Artist award at the 2013 TVB Anniversary Awards.
Portraying an unlikable role in Will Power, 30-year-old Vincent went through a period of talking himself into accepting the role. He revealed, “I didn’t want to portray such a role and was planning to turn it down, but the producer convinced me that it was a role worth taking. [Will Power] also had a very impressive cast, so I really cherished the opportunity. I put forth 120 percent of my effort to portray the role. In the end, I got too invested in my character and developed depression. But, I am not afraid to take on a similar role again in the future. Like what a fan told me, all actors would have to start off with similar experiences.”
Vincent hopes to tackle a variety of different genres in the future. Vincent currently appears in Coffee Cat Mama <貓屎媽媽>, a TVB comedy drama featuring the coffee-making business.
“I always wanted to shoot comedies. I like to make people laugh, and it’s always a great time shooting a drama with so much happiness around the set. However, I still approached my role with caution, because correct timing is really important when it comes to comedy. I have to understand my role well and adapt to the different filming styles. I will push myself to do everything correctly.”
Vincent considers himself as a perfectionist, explaining that he is not only cautious in approaching his roles, but also in life. “I’m an artist and I’ve always loved to draw. When I draw, the ending product has to be perfect, but now, I’ve transferred this obsession to my acting.”
Setting Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day Lewis as his target, Vincent hopes to be receive recognition as an actor who can tackle a variety of different roles. “I really hope to find a new breakthrough in my comedic acting route with [Coffee Cat Mama]. I want to perform my duties as an actor, and find my own acting style.”
Still Hopes to Revive Music Career
Facing intense competition every year, the Most Improved Male Artist honor was not an award that could be easily won. Vincent debuted as an award-winning rookie singer in 2005 under Neway Star. In May 2006, he released his debut album Never Exhausted and released singles with mild success on the charts. With the Hong Kong music industry facing a slump in the following years, Vincent’s singing career also suffered. In 2008, Vincent signed with TVB to pursue an acting career, starting again as a rookie.
Vincent spoke of his music career, “I won a rookie award, and when I watch my music videos, and see people pointing me out in the stress, I felt like I’m floating. After going through those career setbacks, I slowly began to realize that I would not be handed opportunities if I was not ready.”
Achieving his first breakthrough in his acting career, Vincent also has not given up on his singing career. Consistently training his voice, Vincent looks for the day to win another Most Improved award for his music.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.