Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Bernice Liu has been in Hong Kong for three years now and has been renting a home with her father all along. Whilst filming yesterday for "Healing Hands", she mentioned that she has been looking at apartments near to work recently, firstly so that it is convenient for her to get to work, secondly because she plans to stay and further her career in Hong Kong on a more permanent basis and thirdly becaue she wants her parents to live more comfortably. She says: "I have to work, so I don't have time to look at places. My mom and dad are off looking at the moment. I prefer living in a house because that would be more private, but my mom is worried about security. Nothing is decided yet. (How much will you be spending?) I haven't thought about that either, but of course it won't be a $10 million mansion!"
Bernice feels that renting now is like paying other people's mortgages for them and is not worthwhile. "I think paying my own mortgage would be more cost effective. (Are you trying to make more money to buy your own place?) Not really, if I need to borrow a deposit, then it can be done, as long as I can handle the repayments." She also says that her popularity has risen since taking part in Sam Hui's concert and so has been very busy lately: "In the last two months I have never had more than four hours sleep in a night, but the busier I am the fresher I feel and I have got fitter, soon I will have lost over ten pounds!" No wonder Bernice says that Sam is her lucky star and gives him the ultimate respect!
After the accident involving four female cast members from TVB's "Police Cadet Brave Hearts", there has been a string of reported accidents. The latest involves Hawick Lau, who had a minor incident after filming late for "Treasure in the Family", but was not injured. With the immense pressure placed on artistes by TVB, it is affecting the health and concentration of artistes greatly, with Adam Cheng and his liver problems caused by working too hard in the 80's being a firm example.
Hawick had back to back filming schedules for several days and was working even though he was unwell. In the early hours of last Friday, he was working late into the night and as he drove back home afterwards, he had an accident due to him not having had any rest. He crashed into a taxi and damaged his car quite severely, with the taxi gaining some scratches to the body of the vehicle. No-one was injured and after calling the police, he paid the taxi driver $2000 for the damage and left. He was back at work next day, having sent his car to the mechanic to be repaired costing him $100,000.
When Hawick was called yesterday, he says that he is busy filming at the moment and has not been able to rest after the accident, He admits that he had a crash, but he has not been for a check up at the hospital, just heading to a salon for a relaxing massage instead. When asked if he was worried about the lack of rest leading to another accident or even illness, he says: "I will be more careful when I am driving in the future and not drive if I am too tired, taking a cab instead. As for getting ill, this is my peak time now and if I have the opportunity I have to grasp it, so I will have to depend on plenty of herbal soup to keep me going." The show's producer Wong Sum Wai was very concerned about Hawick's accident, saying that on the day of the crash, the session ended at 6am, so being tired was inevitable.
Hailing from TVB's "Five Tigers", Michael Miu has been filming for new series "Police Cadet Brave Hearts", working along the new generation stars such as Ron Ng and Sammul Chan. With the recent spate of accidents surrounding cast members from the show, there have been criticisms that the methods used in TV production are harsh and lead to accidents. Michael on the other hand has a different perspective on it, offering some therapy and good advice to his juniors.
In his prime, Michael has experienced filming two series at the same time and not getting any sleep for five days and five nights. He says: "If you enter this industry, then it is to be expected. If you don't endure hardship, you will never become famous, because this is like the Shaolin of showbiz. About the issue of rest time, from the days of Adam Cheng and Chow Yun Fat all the way to our era and the present day, it has been fought for, but this is the way the company works and if you can't stand it, then you don't have to do it. There is no right or wrong, no-one is forcing you to do this job, but if you really can't hold on, then tell the producer. The most important thing is communication." Michael shares the stories of his experiences with Ron and Sammul, saying: "You have to sacrifice, but then you will be more excited when you reap the rewards."
Hearing this advice from his senior, Ron agrees he has learned from it, saying: "I understand that you have to work hard to find fame, these things don't come overnight. If the company gives you the opportunity, then you have to work even harder. If I am working in TV, then long hours are to be expected, if you have the chance, you can't complain about hard work." Filming a series for the first time, Fiona Sit has no regrets, she says: "Compared to being a singer where you doa few interviews and photoshoots a day, then filming TV is definitely a lot harder, but I have no regrets because I have gained from the experience, improving my acting for the future."
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