TVB has been under fire for its uninspiring prime time dramas, and is facing a shortage of quality actors as many of its top artistes flee north to film for the more lucrative mainland market. The company is also making headlines due to recent scandals, most notably Sheren Tang’s (鄧萃雯) grievances regarding working conditions while filming Beauty at War <金枝慾孽貳>. In addition, several first-line actors, such as Raymond Lam (林峯) and Moses Chan (陳豪), garnered unwanted attention due to marriage rumors. To set the record straight, TVB executive Virginia Lok spoke to reporters on today and shared her thoughts on current rumors.
Raymond Lam Did Not Get Married
Earlier, reports claimed that Raymond Lam and girlfriend Karena Ng (吳千語) had secretly married during a trip to the United States. Ms. Lok quickly denied the claim and expressed that Raymond had planned his trip a year ago, prior to going public with Karena. Ms. Lok insisted that Raymond was simply there to attend his younger brother’s graduation ceremony, and believes he would announce his marriage publicly.
Ms. Lok also spoke about Moses and girlfriend Aimee Chan’s (陳茵媺) marriage rumors. Aimee recently backed out of her role in Cold Mountain, Hidden Dragon <寒山潛龍> to fly home to Canada, citing personal reasons. Many speculated that Aimee is pregnant and that she is planning to marry Moses during her vacation.
Reporters asked Ms. Lok regarding Moses’s absence from TVB’s recent photo shoot. Ms. Lok explained that TVB had reserved a spot for him at the event, but he was likely trying to avoid media confrontation. When asked about Aimee’s possible pregnancy, Ms. Lok stated, “I don’t know. She simply said she must go home because of a family emergency. Her manager phoned her, but no one picked up. I don’t think [the rumors are true], but personally I hope Ah Mo [Moses] would marry her and have children together.”
Regarding Sheren Tang, who was rumored to have been frozen by TVB, Ms. Lok agrees that not having a timely, completed script is a serious issue that must be addressed. Earlier, TVB’s Assistant General Manager Peter Au (區偉林) announced the company’s new requirement that scripts must be at 80 percent completion before filming begins. Many believed the new rule serves as a compromise after the recent scandal. Ms. Lok however insisted that the rule is not a result of Beauty at War‘s poor performance, and promised to invite Sheren to film again despite her public outburst. “Some artists speak in a straightforward manner. There is no grudge between us, so I hope things will be okay soon. We would ask [Sheren] to film again if there is a suitable script.”
Ms. Lok also denied dropping Sheren from the upcoming series Aerobic Girls due to recent events. She explained that Sheren had already turned down the role prior to negotiations, citing conflicts with her mainland filming schedule.
Source: Oriental Daily
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.