Known for her beautiful looks, former TVB actress Serene Lim (林宣妤) ended her contract and has returned back to her home country in Malaysia. Despite this, she is currently having a long-distance relationship with TVB actor Karl Ting (丁子朗), whom she starting dating since last year.
Serene Declined to Renew Contract
Winning first runner-up at Miss Chinese International 2017, Serene was heavily promoted by the station and was given many meaty roles in Girlie Days <她她她的少女時代>, Al Cappuccino <反黑路人甲> and portrays Raymond Lam’s (林峯) girlfriend in Line Walker 3 <使徒行者3>. Just as her career in TVB was on the rise, Serene surprisingly left in May of this year.
An insider shared, “After filming a few dramas, Serene felt that she was not very comfortable being in the entertainment circle. She also felt homesick since all of her family is in Malaysia. At the end of last year, when TVB was in discussion with her to talk about her long-term development, she decided to not renew her contract.”
Karl and Serene’s Shaky Relationship
Growing up in Canada and winning first runner-up in Mr. Hong Kong 2016, Karl understood what it felt like for Serene to leave her family and home country to start an entertainment career in Hong Kong. Becoming good friends, they even celebrated their birthdays together.
Their relationship came to light when Karl recently posted a birthday card and drawings that he received from Serene on his Instagram. He added the caption, “Till we fly again,” indicating his eagerness to see Serene again.
A source close to the couple revealed that Karl had wanted Serene to stay in Hong Kong. “They are both still young. If they want to achieve results in this line of business, they must be patient…. However, Serene did not agree. She felt trapped having to sign a long contract, and was reluctant to be away from her family for an extended time. The main reason is also because Serene is not very interested in the field and would rather go back to Malaysia to be a nutritionist!”
While they appear to be a sweet couple, Serene and Karl’s relationship is challenged by differences in their life goals and complicated by their distance apart.
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.