Fans of Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) may see less of the 53-year-old actor, as he announced today that he has changed his full-time contract with TVB to a per-series agreement instead. Wayne prefers the greater freedom with this arrangement, which allows him to film in Mainland China for more money while still having the flexibility to work with TVB.
Wayne thought about leaving TVB entirely, but he loves Hong Kong and his roots are there. He hopes to return for future projects. “I’m not sure if I can adjust [in China]. Hong Kong is a like a little family; it’s a great satisfaction to receive the audience’s acceptance.”
Viewers tuned in to see Wayne in the currently broadcast Daddy Cool <逆緣>, and pushed viewership ratings to 29 points for its premiere episode. Wayne said, “It’s everyone’s effort. This drama is very refreshing, and it’s rare for a series to talk about [feng shui].”
Wayne offered to treat the cast and crew to dinner to celebrate the good ratings since he will be heading to Hengdian to start filming a new Mainland Chinese drama. Today will be his last appearance to promote Daddy Cool, and told Rosina Lam (林夏薇) and the cast they will have to carry upcoming promotions.
When it was pointed out that viewers were surprised by Rosina’s fluent Japanese in the drama, she admitted to cramming for her studies two weeks prior to filming. “My husband was surprised I know Japanese.” Wayne joked, “Your husband may find it especially refreshing and special, that his wife is actually a Japanese person!”
Lai Lok Yi (黎諾懿) revealed that he recently celebrated his son’s first birthday. His friends were very generous and gave only “super-sized” gifts. He laughed, “One friend gave a basketball set, complete with musical lights. They are very generous, but Hong Kong properties are too expensive and there is no space for it. But rest assured, I promised my friend I will definitely give back a large swing or slide play set.”
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.