Today it was announced that 35-year-old Vivian Yeo (楊秀惠) has resigned from TVB after 16 years of employment. Her photo and profile have already been taken down from the list of female artistes on TVB’s website.
Vivien started her career by winning the crown at the 2003 Miss Astro Chinese International pageant in Malaysia. After competing in Miss Chinese International 2004, she signed with TVB and was heavily promoted from the start. In her 16 years at TVB, she starred in 39 different dramas. She was cast as the lead actress in Sunshine Heartbeat <赤沙印記@四葉草> and had other memorable roles such as a bulimic patient in A Great Way to Care <仁心解碼>, a flirtatious Lolita in Ghost of Relativity <鬼同你OT>, the cunning wife of Dicky Cheung (張衛健) in The Learning Curve of a Warlord <大帥哥>, and a deaf woman in Brutally Young <十八年後的終極告白>.
Before filming Brutally Young, Vivian spent months learning and practicing sign language. Her hard work paid off as her performance earned praise, especially for her crying scene when she couldn’t speak to the emergency operator after discovering Joel Chan (陳山聰) was severely hurt.
Although nominated many times for Best Supporting Actress at the annual TVB Anniversary Awards, Vivien has never won an award. It is said that Vivien has lost hope due to this, as well as always being cast as the third party in relationships.
After getting married last year, Vivien had intentions of starting a family and allegedly wanted to terminate her contract early and was even willing to pay an early termination fee, but TVB convinced her to stay. With COVID- 19 dampening the economy, TVB has been laying off staff and ultimately decided to allow Vivien to terminate her contract.
Reporters reached out to Vivien, who confirmed her departure and shared that she will miss her friends and colleagues the most. She thanked TVB, but it was time to start a new chapter in her life. “My contract with TVB actually ended awhile ago. I want to thank them for always giving me opportunities. This was my first job in Hong Kong until now.”
The media asked if Vivien was disappointed at not receiving any awards and she replied, “There are many factors that influence whether you receive an award. I’ve always kept a neutral attitude towards this. The most important thing is to be the best version of myself. I’m already very happy with recognition from the audience.”
In regards to the rumors about her paying an early termination fee to end her contract, she expressed that this was not entirely true. “Over the last two years, TVB has always offered me many drama roles and opportunities to fly overseas for travel shows and hosting jobs. Unfortunately, I had to decline many of these jobs as they didn’t work with my schedule. I am on a salaried contract, so I am paid even when there is no work. Over time, it became that I owed TVB for many unfulfilled jobs, but I still wasn’t able to find time to complete them! So I chose to return the money that I had already received for these jobs. It is unfair to say that I had to pay TVB to leave; we still have a good relationship.”
In recent years, she had focused her efforts on her medical beauty business. Entering the Chinese market, her company is growing rapidly.
Vivien originally had many plans, but they have been put on hold or cancelled due to the pandemic, which taught her the importance of living in the present. “My current goal is to take care of my family and my business. Everything can wait until after the pandemic. If there is a great drama script or an interesting project, I am open to acting again.”
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.