Jessica Hsuan Has Not Decided If She Would Attend TVB Anniversary Awards

Jessica Hsuan Has Not Decided If She Would Attend TVB Anniversary Awards

After her landslide Best Actress win at the 2017 TVB Star Awards Malaysia, people were betting that Jessica Hsuan (宣萱), who won the award for portraying “Mall Jeh” in the TVB drama My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人>, would also win TV Queen at this weekend’s TVB Anniversary Awards. Jessica said she does not expect to win.

“My win in Malaysia has definitely shook my confidence,” said the 47-year-old actress. “I don’t expect to win this time.” Jessica added that she hasn’t even decided if she would attend the awards, but she already has already has an outfit prepared.

Asking if she has already casted in her TV King and Queen votes, Jessica said she voted for Natalie Tong (唐詠詩), her costar in My Unfair Lady. “She’s matured so much.” What about TV King? “Kenneth Ma! He has a pretty big chance [to win].” What if you won? “It’ll be satisfying, but I rather win it for my role in Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者>.”

In regard to the rumors that Jessica’s asking price went up three times after her Malaysia win, Jessica clarified, “That’s a bit too exaggerated! But it’s true that I’ve been offered more jobs. I am a free agent and I used to manage my own jobs, and things would get awkward whenever we started to negotiate about price. Now that I have a manager, everything’s been much more relaxing for me.”

She stressed that her decision to pursue acting was never for money, but for her own interest. She never thought she had to prove anything or desired to reach the top, but she did recall an experience in 2015 that inspired her to be more ambitious. “He told me I was getting old and I needed to change careers. I really want to thank him now, because he reminded me of why I’m doing this. My immediate reaction to his comment was that I didn’t agree—I felt that with different age comes different roles, but his words have now become my driving force.”

When Jessica first stepped on stage to receive her Best Actress honor at Malaysia’s TVB Star Awards, she was shaking with happiness. “It was a time for me to express my feelings. This award encourages me, reminds me that I came into the industry because I love acting, and not for the money.”


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TVB Ratings Report: Big Budget Does Not Equate to Big Ratings

TVB Ratings Report: Big Budget Does Not Equate to Big Ratings

With 2017 almost coming to an end, it is time to start reflecting on the results of TVB’s 50th television season. If there was any lesson to be learned at all, 2017 has taught us that blockbuster productions do not necessarily mean it would win the hearts of the masses, and that lower-budget dramas should not be swept under the rug.

As of today, three of TVB’s top-rated dramas of the year are locally-produced, smaller productions that were never meant to be promoted as big series. Coming fourth on the list is the recently-aired The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的>, starring Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Mandy Wong (黃智雯), Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞), and Moon Lau (劉佩玥). The Exorcist’s Meter, a horror drama about a taxi driver who can see supernatural beings, averaged 24.75 rating points per episode, putting it as the fourth most-watched television drama of the 2017 TV season thus far. The Exorcist’s Meter was never meant to be promoted as an anniversary drama, but after a successful premiere episode and an even more successful first week, The Exorcist’s Meter eventually followed the footsteps of Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者2>, becoming a kickstarter for TVB’s 50th anniversary season. The Exorcist’s Meter underperformed when it aired its final episode on a Sunday, but the random switch in broadcast date was to blame.

Elena Kong and Ben Wong in “Tiger Mom Blues” (2017).

The third most-watched television drama of the year is Tiger Mom Blues <親親我好媽>, which aired in the beginning of the year. Starring Ben Wong (黃智賢), Elena Kong (江美儀), Sharon Chan (陳敏之), and a special starring appearance by Michelle Yim (米雪), Tiger Mom Blues averaged 25 rating points when it aired in February. The show is also responsible for pushing Matthew Ho (何廣沛) to stardom—the rookie actor is now leading TVB’s next generation of siu sangs, and is co-starring a drama with Joe Ma (馬德鐘).  Tiger Mom Blues was not produced with a big budget, and it also went through a controversial production phase, but it won the audiences with its heartwarming script and talented cast.

Second place is A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch <超時空男臣>, a time traveling comedy about three Ming Dynasty court officials who were warped into modern-day Hong Kong as they go on a search for their lost princess. Starring Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Raymond Cho (曹永廉), and Matthew Ho, A General was both a ratings hit and a trending series when it aired in Hong Kong this past summer. It averaged 26.8 points.

Number one on TVB’s most-watched list is no other than The Unholy Alliance <同盟>, the answer to last year’s A Fist Within Four Walls <城寨英雄>. Created by Four Walls producer Jazz Boon (文偉鴻), the martial arts drama saw TV King and Queen duo Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣) returning as the lead stars, costarring Film Queen Nina Paw (鮑起靜) in her first TVB drama. The Unholy Alliance easily defeated all other TVB dramas that aired this year, averaging 28 ratings points during its broadcast run. It was not produced with a high budget, but its connection with Four Walls definitely helped with the promotion.

Jessica Hsuan and Frankie Lam in “My Unfair Lady” (2017).

On the other hand, big-budget dramas and carefully-crafted productions like My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人> and the co-production Line Walker: The Prelude failed to outrun its local competitors. My Unfair Lady received praises on all fronts—the high-budget camerawork and no-studio filming style definitely earned many praises from critics, but it averaged only 24 points during its broadcast run. The show did, however, give Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) her first TV Queen honor since 1999’s Detective Investigation Files IV <刑事偵緝檔案IV>.

Though led by respected veteran actor Michael Miu (苗僑偉) and popular idol Pakho Chau (周柏豪), Line Walker: The Prelude failed to reach expectations. Despite being a co-production with China’s Penguin Pictures, Line Walker: The Prelude averaged only 24 points during its run. It also failed to catch the same attention in China as its 2014 predecessor.

Can you think of any other examples of successful low-budget TVB dramas?


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Jessica Hsuan Will Not Exchange Contract for Award

Jessica Hsuan Will Not Exchange Contract for Award

At the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2017 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 25, Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) won My Favorite TVB Actress (also known as Malaysia’s TV Queen) for her performance in My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人>, making it her first leading actress award since 1999. This puts Jessica in the race for the anticipated TV Queen award in the upcoming TVB Anniversary Awards, which will be held in January 2018.

Having starred in two well-known dramas this year, Jessica’s asking price soared, and she earned over seven figures this year from endorsement and appearance jobs alone. Reportedly, the effects of Jessica’s win were immediate, and the actress’ asking price would continue to rise.

In a quick interview with the press after coming back to Hong Kong from Malaysia, Jessica was asked if got a raise. “I already got a raise before,” she said with a laugh. “This is my first time working with [my new manager] Ronnie, and he has helped me adjust [the price] a bit. Actors like us have seafood prices.”

Asking Jessica if she would be willing to sign or renew a contract for an award, she immediately said, “I would not do that. If you give the award to me, I’ll be happy, but if you don’t, I’ll be fine. I’ll just continue to work. There’s no point of doing something like that. The award would lose its meaning and I also won’t be happy if I win it.”

Would Jessica be celebrating her win with fellow cast members? “No time!” she said. “I have to fly back to Hengdian tomorrow to film another drama. Right now I need to run to the supermarket to buy my necessities!”

In related news, Jessica’s costar in Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者2>, Michael Miu (苗僑偉), won My Favorite TVB Actor for his performance on the show. It was Michael’s first TV King award in his four-decade career.


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Jessica Hsuan is a Woman Hurt by Love

Jessica Hsuan is a Woman Hurt by Love

There is no better actress to play My Unfair Lady’s <不懂撒嬌的女人> Mall Jeh than the unyielding and robust Jessica Hsuan (宣萱), who stands by her principles faithfully and selflessly.

My Unfair Lady, which ended its month-long broadcast on May 28, has a female centric-storyline that follows the lives of successful career woman Molly Ling (portrayed by Jessica Hsuan) and her younger cousin, the more pliable Cherry Ling (portrayed by Natalie Tong 唐詩詠). Molly, known in the series as Mall Jeh, is demanding and resolute—not even her most intimate friends can see a soft side of her. Though she’s led a successful career, Mall Jeh’s suffers a lackluster romantic life.

In reality, Jessica is not quite so different from Mall Jeh. The 46-year-old actress, who made her acting debut through TVB in 1993, had quite a tumultuous love life, and those experiences were what made Jessica the strong woman she is known as today. Though she is already 46 years old, Jessica is in no hurry to settle down, as past experience made her realize that she should be patient, and wait for the right man.

Refused to Retire for Wealthy Boyfriend

Jessica went through top-tier education: she attended the Maryknoll Convent School as a child, Pooi To Middle School as a pre-teen, and went to an English boarding school Roedean School in England for her high school years. She graduated from Imperial College, London with a degree in material science, but a single TV commercial appearance led her to sign a TVB contract, becoming an actress.

Throughout the years, Jessica has had a few publicly known relationships, her most famous one being with fellow actor Dicky Cheung (張衛健). Her next, perhaps one of her most publicized relationships, was with the wealthy businessman Ronald Wing (), who she was close to marrying. However, Ronald’s family allegedly wanted Jessica to retire after marriage, a deal that Jessica couldn’t accept. Jessica wanted to take care of her own life.

Boyfriend’s Affairs Made Her Stronger

Jessica’s strong personality did not come from her failed relationship with Ronald. According to the actress, it was the ex-boyfriend A who had cheated on her, a move that made Jessica reconsider her priorities.

The actress used to be an accommodating girlfriend—when A’s ex-girlfriend came to Hong Kong for a visit, Jessica was the one who suggested to pick her up from the airport, and allowed A’s ex-girlfriend to stay with him at his apartment. Jessica trusted in A, believing that nothing could happen between them. Unfortunately, A rekindled his romance with his ex-girlfriend, and broke up with Jessica.

A was not Jessica’s only cheating ex. There was another incident where Jessica discovered that her boyfriend was cheating on her through a message she saw on his computer. Rumors say Jessica attempted to surprise her boyfriend at his home, only to discover that her boyfriend was with another woman (also his ex-girlfriend) in his bedroom.

With such horrible dating experiences, it is no surprise that Jessica is still reveling the bachelorette life at 46 years old. The actress has said that she is no longer looking for a man to date, but for a soul mate to get married to.


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Natalie Tong Prefers a Different Ending for “My Unfair Lady”

Natalie Tong Prefers a Different Ending for “My Unfair Lady”

Popular TVB drama My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人> aired its finale, pulling in viewer ratings of 29 points. The finale was heatedly discussed, and Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) had also hoped for a different ending.

In the series, Natalie and Vincent Wong (王浩信) portray lovers, Cherry and Saving. They have a loving but rather tumultuous relationship due to his fear of getting married. Viewers criticized Cherry’s choice, which Natalie agreed with. Natalie said, “They’re right! If it were up to me, I wouldn’t have made this choice either. There are people in the world that would choose to break up, and timing is important in life. Cherry is only doing what’s best for Saving. I even left my apartment for Saving! It’s not the ending that viewers might have wanted, so maybe we should film a sequel to make everyone happy!”

On the other hand, Lai Lok Yi‘s (黎諾懿) portrayal of Cheap Han, who cheated on Cherry, was a hated character initially. Cheap Han soon realized his wrongdoings and changed for the better when he fell in love with Saving’s Taiwanese cousin. Unlike his character in My Unfair Lady, Lai Lok Yi is a very family-oriented person – on his days off work, he would choose to spend time with his wife and newborn son.

Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) was thankful that the series was well received by viewers. On her blog, Jessica wrote, “My Unfair Lady finally aired its final episode. I’m grateful for everyone’s support! I’m very happy that we were able to bring everyone pleasure for the past month.”

Receiving much praise for his supporting role, Andrew Yuen‘s (袁文傑) popularity rose rapidly . Andrew expressed, “In the past month, I’m grateful for everyone’s unending support. I didn’t think that my character would get this much attention. Even though I don’t know all of you, I’ve read every message everyone left for me. I don’t have time to reply to everyone, but everyone’s messages were very warm and friendly – I’m very thankful.”

Source: Ming Pao

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Vincent Wong Praised for Explosive Scene in “My Unfair Lady”

Vincent Wong Praised for Explosive Scene in “My Unfair Lady”

Airing to positive reception, My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人> averaged 25 viewership ratings points last week, with episode 15 peaking at 28 points. Hosting a mini celebration to announce the results, over 120 cast, crew, and TVB upper management members attended. Frankie Lam (林文龍), Jessica Hsuan (宣萱), Vincent Wong (王浩信), Samantha Ko (高海寧), and TVB Deputy General Manager, Felix To (杜之克) were present.

Pleased with the overall results of My Unfair Lady, Felix said the series is becoming a phenomenon. Thanking Felix, Jessica exclaimed, “If it weren’t for you who told me to come back, I wouldn’t even be here.”

Saving – Vincent Wong’s Breakthrough

Receiving praise for his character “Saving” throughout the series, Vincent Wong was seen yelling at his big boss Andrew Yuen (袁文傑) in a recent episode. Both the intensity of the scene and Vincent’s anger was compared to 2000’s At The Threshold of an Era <創世紀> where Sunny Chan‘s (陳錦鴻) character was seen screaming at Gallen Lo (羅嘉良).

Admitting that he did take a look at Sunny’s previous performance and used it as study material, Vincent said he was glad that viewers enjoyed the scene. When asked if there would be an alternate happy ending for his character, Vincent revealed there would be only one ending for the series, but said viewers would be surprised.

On the other hand, Samantha Ko was thoroughly surprised but pleased when her character was hated by viewers. Samantha said she was happy about the deep impact the character had, and hopes to receive equally challenging roles in the future.

No Sequel for “My Unfair Lady”

With the finale airing on May 28, Jessica and Frankie were asked about the possibility of appearing in a sequel to My Unfair Lady. Although Jessica expressed that it would dependent on the quality of the script, she believes sequels usually end up being major flops and it is best to end the story at a high point.

Frankie joked that Jessica is too expensive to hire for any future sequels. He exclaimed, “The selling point of this series is Jessica. TVB was able to hire her so everyone should treasure this. Looking over at Jessica’s bemused look, Frankie continued, “Her price is at Hollywood’s level, and my price is more like Plaza Hollywood. I’ll film even if I’m not paid, but the problem is Jessica’s pay.”

When asked if the sequel could take the form of a movie instead, Frankie said that would be a good idea.

Source: Ming Pao

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Jessica Hsuan Gave Up Marriage for Her Career

Jessica Hsuan Gave Up Marriage for Her Career

TVB’s first 4K television drama, the romantic comedy My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人>, is Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) and Frankie Lam’s (林文龍) comeback drama with TVB. In the show, which also stars Vincent Wong (王浩信) and Natalie Tong (唐詩詠), Jessica and Frankie play a bickering pair who drift apart after a bitter breakup, only to meet again years later as fellow company employees. The drama, reaching an average viewership of 24 points, will air its final episode on May 28.

Jessica Finds Herself in “Mall Jeh”

Jessica plays Molly “Mall Jeh” Ling, a fierce, no-nonsense career woman whom Jessica describes to be quite similar to herself. Because Mall Jeh doesn’t know how to flirt—or “act cute”—Mall Jeh gets quite unfortunate in the relationship department of her life.

“Like Mall Jeh, I am strong. I am career-minded. I have expectations and I want control,” said Jessica. “But now, I understand that it’s impossible to take full control on others. It is important to compromise. This is where Mall Jeh and I differ, though I do find it understandable to why Mall Jeh would freak out whenever something goes wrong and out of her control. I myself used to suffer insomnia whenever I hit an unstable moment in my career. I’ve learned not to take everything to heart.”

Like the Chinese title of My Unfair Lady—“Women Who Don’t Know How to Act Cute”—can Jessica act cute? She said, “Dating will be the only time I’m doing that!”

Jessica Gave Up Marriage for Career

Jessica’s last boyfriend was Fran, who she broke up with in 2014. Lamenting her singlehood, Jessica said she would love to meet someone new in her life. Her standards aren’t high—she doesn’t need the man to be rich or handsome. The most important quality is his compatibility.

“I won’t marry for the sake of marrying,” she said. “Marriage is a vow to a lifetime. I don’t want to get together with that person until I’m absolutely sure. I’ve heard of too many stories of regret. I want to happily share my life with my other half, holding his hand to the last of my years. I don’t need him to be a tall handsome guy, but if he and I share the same thoughts and values, then we will automatically click.”

A fortune-teller in Temple Street once told Jessica that if she married before 30, it would end in divorce. Thinking back, Jessica absolutely agreed with him.

“I was barely 20 years old. I had little experience, haven’t really struggled in my life yet, and I probably had princess sickness. If I want it, I’ll get it. Now, I’ve become much clearer in what I need, and I’ve learned to be compassionate.”

Jessica revealed that her most serious love relationship occurred when she was in her twenties. She and her boyfriend at the time were at the step of discussing marriage, and while her boyfriend wanted it, Jessica was hesitant.

“If I were to get married and have kids now, would I regret giving up my career? I told myself I would. Even if I did get married to him then, I know we would end up in divorce.”

Kenix Kwok Knows Every Detail of Frankie Lam’s Kissing Scenes

Jessica’s costar Frankie Lam, who plays her love interest Gordon Man, is quite the playboy in the show. He sleeps with Bobo Yeung (楊家寶), gets seduced by a naked Lena Li (李天縱), and has many intimate moments with Samantha Ko (高海寧).

Frankie admitted that one of his most unforgettable scenes on the show was with Lena, whom he believed gave one of TVB’s bravest performances. “She was almost naked in that scene. She only had on a pair of nude-colored underwear, a nude bra, and duct tape. Because the tape was showing in the camera, she decided to get rid of the tape.”

After filming the scene, Frankie immediately discussed the scene and its filming technique with his wife of 14 years, Kenix Kwok (郭可盈). He said, “I’ve never seen a TVB actress go that far for a scene. Maybe because I’m now older, but I didn’t feel embarrassed. My wife and I have been acting for many years. We know this is just work.”

Frankie’s Return to TVB was Uneasy

Frankie, whose last TVB drama was 2008’s Forensic Heroes II <法證先鋒II>, felt uneasy when he first stepped back into TVB’s headquarters. He couldn’t believe his eyes at the details TVB had offered him when he first started negotiating for My Unfair Lady.

“They gave us enough time for rest. They were very agreeable during negotiations. In TVB’s old world, a HK$10 bonus is considered giving you face. I was in shock when I first heard about the price TVB was willing to give me for My Unfair Lady. I really never thought about coming back here. When I first opened the glass door entrance of the [TVB] headquarters, I immediately came across many old friends and colleagues. All the memories just came back to me. I felt uneasy.”

Source: Mingpao

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