Wayne Lai Urges TVB to Cultivate More Rookies
The popular TVB sitcom Come Home Love: Dinner at 8 <愛．回家之八時入席> will be airing its 200th episode on January 6, 2017, ending nearly ten months of filming and broadcast. To celebrate the occasion, Dinner at 8 star Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) invited the cast and crew to a large dinner banquet, thanking them for the past ten months.
Wayne said, “I am always happy when we eat out together. It is actually very blissful to be an actor—you know you’ll always have support from your crew. Our sitcom has achieved great results. There was a point in time when average ratings actually exceeded the shows from other primetime slots. Extremely thankful to all of our co-workers for their hard work and effort!”
Dinner at 8 has introduced a few newcoming actors into the Hong Kong television industry, including Mark Ma (馬貫東), Jessica Kan (簡淑兒), Ricco Ng (吳偉豪), and Kalok Chow (周嘉洛), but according to Wayne, a few is not enough.
“I do feel that [TVB] never has enough actors,” said Wayne. “TVB should spent more time cultivating newcomers, such as providing more training classes so they can have more opportunities.”
Wayne does not dare to hold the responsibility of training the newcomers himself, but he is always happy to share his experiences with them. “Rookies need to have all the opportunities they can get, and acting takes training and experience. There is no exaggeration to the phrase ‘one minute on stage, ten years off stage.’ Every successful actor has one thing in common, and that is their willingness to sacrifice time.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.