Wayne Lai: “Failure Only Paves Way to Success”
Having portrayed minor roles for more than 20 years in the entertainment industry before becoming male lead, Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) has experienced ups and downs. However, he chooses to only remember the successes in life, turning all forms of failure into opportunities for growth. Now a triple winner of the TV King award, he has proved success from his own efforts.
After graduating from the TVB artist training program in 1985, Wayne did not receive any major roles until 2008. That same year, he took home the Best Supporting Actor award at the annual TVB awards ceremony. Wayne revealed he felt delighted when a director complimented his performance for the first time. After all, receiving praise for his acting mattered the most.
Knowing he does not possess handsome looks like the other siu sangs, Wayne never aimed to become a popular idol. He shared, “I became an actor because I truly love acting, not because I yearned for popularity. It makes me really happy to be able to financially support my family. I never thought I would gain any fame from my acting career.” Wayne emphasized the importance of a loving family, and how his biggest regret is that his mother did not get the chance to see him take home any major awards.
As a firm believer that failure only paves a way to success, Wayne hesitated in stating his unsuccessful moments. “If I have to point out a failure, it would be how No Regrets <義海豪情> did not win the Best Drama award.” In Wayne’s opinion, the entire cast and crew of the series did a marvelous job. He felt closely related to his character and loved the historical context of the series. Wayne expressed, “I had high hopes for the series, and although there may be similar productions in the future, it may not have the same achievement.” To Wayne, his role as Lau Sing was the breakthrough of his acting career.
With his career already stable and at its peak, Wayne is not in battle mode for this year’s Best Actor award. He just wants to continue doing a good job and let viewers enjoy his dramas.
Wayne revealed his lifestyle has not changed much over the years, despite his rising status. He still goes grocery shopping on the streets and eats wonton noodles at small cafes. It is these small familiar aspects in life that Wayne loves. At the moment, he is looking forward to taking a break next summer to travel with his family.
This article is written by Shirley for JayneStars.com.