Hong Kong Now TV’s first television drama The Virtuous Queen of Han <衛子夫>, helmed by former TVB producers Mui Siu Ching (梅小青) and Lau Ka Ho (劉家豪), is currently airing in Hong Kong and Mainland China. The historical drama about Wei Zifu stars Wang Luodan (王珞丹), Raymond Lam (林峯), Niki Chow (周麗淇), and a supporting cast from both Hong Kong and Mainland China.
With its diverse cast, the producers of The Virtuous Queen of Han hope the drama can push new stars to the Hong Kong and Chinese television market. It is regarded as Niki’s introduction to the Mainland market, as well as actor Shen Tai’s (沈泰) first attempt at starring in a drama co-produced by Hong Kong.
Shen Tai portrays Wei Qing, the younger half-brother of Wei Zifu (Wang Likun) and the love interest of Princess Pingyang (Niki Chow). Shen Tai and Niki grew close on the filming set, and Shen Tai even joked that he did not understand why Niki ended up choosing to date Jeremy Tsui (徐正曦), who played Lord Duan Hong, instead.
“I kept asking myself why I lost to Jeremy Tsui,” Shen Tai said with a laugh. He added, “I really don’t understand why I’m not Niki’s boyfriend. She told me that she would never date an actor! She lied! But she and Jeremy look great together.”
Shen Tai’s fame has seen a sharp rise in Hong Kong since the drama’s broadcast. Portraying the courageous and loyal general Wei Qing, Shen Tai had many relationship lines in the series, making him one of the more interesting characters to watch. He was the beloved younger brother of Empress Wei Zifu, the lover of Princess Pingyang, and the husband of Wei Zifu’s friend Shen Jia (Li Xinchong 李欣聰).
Shen Tai is very close with Niki and Raymond, who portrays Emperor Wu. Niki and Raymond once shared that Shen Tai was the comic relief in the group. Shen Tai said, “I don’t know why they find me so funny. Raymond is like an older brother. He takes care of everyone. We should become sworn brothers.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com