Joining the entertainment industry at the young of age 19, Zoie Tam (譚凱琪) has been trying to make a name for herself for 18 years already. At 37 years old, she is finally gaining more recognition and seeing her career take a turn for the better. Most recently, her role portraying one of Dicky Cheung’s (張衛健) wife in The Learning Curve of a Warlord <大帥哥> has caught the attention of viewers, who praised her for her natural expressions.
Zoie’s career hit many roadblocks along the way. When she first entered the entertainment industry in 2000, she joined Rojam, a Japanese-owned entertainment company, and debuted her first CD, Full of Love. The company thought Zoie looked Japanese and intended to sell her as a Japanese girl who sang in Cantonese. However, her successes were lukewarm at best. She later decided to try her luck in Taiwan but struggled with language barriers and limited her opportunities. She returned to Hong Kong in 2007 and joined TVB in 2013.
Zoie’s road to success was not easy. When asked whether she felt any disappointment in all the roundabout ways of her career, Zoie said, “I never felt it was roundabout. In the end, I learned something from my journey. Instead, if I didn’t experience all that I have, then I may not be as grounded. Now, I understand that I should feel grateful, and know that opportunities and help from others is not a certainty.”
Zoie’s Personal Life
As opposed to her feisty and strong-headed characters on screen, Zoie is actually quite reserved and relaxed in real life. Her parents divorced at a young age and Zoie grew up in a single-parent household with three other sisters. She learned to live frugally since young and continues to be careful about how she spends her money. Not only does she financially support her mother and herself, but also her father as well. Zoie credits her frugality to her modest upbringing. “There are a total of four girls in my family, including myself. In the past, my father would support all six people, so he was extremely frugal. Perhaps I was influenced by that. Ever since I was young, I preferred to save my money. When I was younger, I had a piggy bank. Every time I received red envelopes, I would immediately place my money in my piggy bank.”
Zoie has been in a stable relationship with her restaurateur boyfriend, Enrico, for several years. Though rumored to be tying the knot soon, Zoie indicated that they both hope to focus on their career first. Since Enrico is quite established and well-off, Zoie candidly admitted that she prefers her partner to be self-sufficient and more capable than her.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.