In 1999, Taiwanese actress Suzanne Hsiao made her showbiz debut at the age of 23, playing A Yu in the movie, March of Happiness. The film was an instant hit, and she soon shot to stardom.
However, she was unable to resist the temptation of drugs, and soon fell prey to them.
“From an ordinary person, I was elevated to the status of a god. Then, I fell to become a ghost, and now, I’ve returned to being a person,” the actress shared in a recent interview.
In 2007, she was first sentenced to 49 days in jail after being caught taking cocaine. After her release, she returned to her old ways, and was sentenced to 19 months in prison. After her second release, she was put on probation for four years. In 2010, she relapsed, and was sentenced once again to 18 months in prison.
After her release from prison, Suzanne has finally managed to stay on the straight and narrow, even planning a return to the entertainment industry.
Looking back at her past actions, Suzanne mused, “I was lucky to have hit it big the very minute I entered the industry. At such a young age, I had every thing, but I was not mature enough.”
The 42-year-old admitted that she couldn’t resist the temptation of drugs back then, and that it was exceedingly difficult to “change from being a ghost, to a person”. However, she admitted that she understood why so many people found it hard to believe that she is now drug-free.
“I did not miraculously become okay immediately following my release [from prison]. I’m not that strong; I’ve only managed to settle down within these three years,” she said.
Suzanne shared that she is very thankful to her parents and Taiwanese actress Stephanie Hsiao, as well as her husband, whom she married in 2017.
“My husband stabilised me - after getting to know him, I became a person once again. But, there are moments where I’ll feel weak, with no confidence in myself,” Suzanne confessed.
Now, she is setting her sights on making her return to the entertainment industry, having done a photoshoot recently. “I've never left the industry, so I don’t think there’ll be any trouble making a comeback,” she said.
She shared that she has received a number of scripts and offers, but most of the time, she’s being given “weird roles, like a mother”. Therefore, she spends most of her time at home, playing with her cats and cooking.
“I’m pretty satisfied with my life now; it’s vibrant and comfortable,” the actress said.
Hong Kong actress Eliza Sam recently organised a 100th day party for her baby son, Jacob, and uploaded a number of pictures from the event.
In most of the pictures, Jacob, who was dressed in a checkered jumpsuit, is seen being carried by Eliza’s husband, investment banker Joshua Ngo. Many also commented on the 3-month-old’s chubby cheeks, cooing over his cuteness.
In her caption, Eliza shared that despite being the star of the party, little Jacob “had no idea what was going on”. She also added that although he is getting heavier, she likes his weight gain.
Additionally, as the party was attended by a number of Hong Kong celebrity couples, netizens soon made a game out of trying to spot the various stars and their offspring present at the gathering.
Some of the celebrity guests who had brought along their kids included actress Sharon Chan; actor Jason Chan and his wife, actress Sarah Song; entertainer Wong Cho-lam and his wife, actress Leanne Li; as well as Hong Kong actress Fanny Lee.
Eliza tied the knot with Joshua in December 2016, and welcomed Jacob to their family in March this year.
An episode of TVB long-form drama Come Home Love: Lo and Behold recently featured a very obvious parody of Andy Hui and Jacqueline Wong’s cheating scandal. In one scene, two characters were seen behaving intimately in the backseat of a car, which was secretly recorded by the driver and uploaded online, just like what happened in the real-life incident. The male character even held a press conference and uttered similar phrases as Andy did during his public apology.
Singer William So, who is a good friend of both Andy and Andy’s wife Sammi Cheng, was asked about this issue of art imitating life during an interview after his concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum on June 22. He said that while he has not personally seen the episode, he believes that the couple is strong enough to deal with whatever comes their way, and that the situation will eventually blow over.
“I’m not afraid of people bringing up my own past, because it’s a fact that it happened,” he said, referring to the time he was busted for drug use in Taipei 17 years ago. “And Andy and Sammi are not the kind of people who will run away and hide from their problems. There’s no right or wrong in the show parodying the incident - in fact, the comments from netizens online are much worse!”
William then revealed that Sammi had originally planned to come to his concert to show her support. “I told her that I was afraid her appearance might cause some chaos, so she thought about it and decided not to come, but she’s been sending me encouraging text messages every night, so I’m very thankful to her for that.”
It’s back to work as per normal for Taiwanese actress Lin Chi-ling, who announced that she had tied the knot with Japanese actor and EXILE member Akira earlier this month.
After making an appearance at an event in England last week, Chi-ling is continuing on with her work in the country, making another appearance at a promotional event in London. When asked about her plans for the future after marriage, the 44-year-old shared, “I hope to have twins one day”, before laughing that she might have been too direct with her words.
The actress also shared more on her views on relationships, saying, “In order to keep a relationship fresh, one must look at the positive qualities of their partner. Praise them more, and grumble less - [you have to] give, and continue to give [in a relationship].”
“Recently, there’s been a lot of people saying that after a while, a relationship evolves into close affection (instead of love) with time, but I feel that such affection is another form of a relationship that endures the test of time,” Chi-ling shared, adding that she found it to be something that is irreplaceable.
Finally, she clarified the reports that she will be taking on Akira’s last name, Kurosawa. Chi-ling revealed that she will not be changing her last name, nor will she be relocating to Japan, nor retiring from the entertainment industry.
“I won’t be doing so for the time being, unless you guys are sick of me,” she laughed.
In February last year, Chinese singer-actor Han Geng announced his relationship with Hong Kong actress Celina Jade on his Weibo account.
Han Geng, who is a former member of the K-pop group Super Junior, is best known for his acting, having appeared in productions like A Chinese Odyssey Part Three and The Great Detective. Celina has appeared in the America television series Arrow, as well as the Chinese film, Wolf Warrior 2.
Earlier this month, Celina had uploaded a picture of herself holding a wine glass on her Instagram account. In the picture, Celina’s left hand was seen tucked under her right elbow, close to her body. However, eagle-eyed netizens noticed that she was wearing a diamond ring on her ring finger. A while later, the post in question was deleted and re-uploaded by Celina, this time, without the ring on her finger.
Soon after, rumours alleging that Han Geng had successfully proposed to Celina started spreading. On June 21, a fan posted online that Han Geng and Celina had registered their marriage in Hong Kong. The post spread like wildfire, with the hashtag “Han Geng and Celina have registered their marriage” trending on Weibo.
Neither Han Geng nor Celina has responded to the reports at press time.
Julian Cheung has confirmed that he has chosen not to renew his contract with Stephen Shiu Jr.’s management company. He also stated that he does not intend to join another agency as he wants to learn how to manage himself and be his own boss.
The singer-actor was speaking to the press at the premiere of the musical Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing? in Hong Kong on June 20. When asked if he has any interest in appearing in a musical production as well, he said, “Actually, a theatre company did approach me with an offer this year, but a lot of time is needed for rehearsals, so I’m unable to commit to that just yet.”
Instead, Julian is in the midst of preparing for his upcoming concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum, which will take place in April next year. He revealed that he originally planned to take care of the entire cost of production himself, but when news of the concert got out, many organisers expressed their interest in working with him.
As for how many shows he will perform, Julian shared that he was given a week-long permit, but after deducting the time needed for setting up and tearing down the stage, coupled with the fact that he does not want to tire himself out, he will likely only put on three to four shows.
“If I’m going to do even more shows than that, then I’d might as well organise a world tour so I can travel to more places,” he reasoned, adding that such a plan is on the cards. “I don’t know how much I will earn; perhaps the production cost will be very high. But in any case, I’m doing this not for the money, but to repay my fans for their many years of support.”
Grievances were aired aplenty during a press conference for upcoming movie, Theory of Ambition, starring Hong Kong actors Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Chiu-wai.
At the press conference, Tony shared that he had been “given an impossible task” by the film's director, Philip Yung.
As it turns out, as Tony’s character in the movie is particularly skilled at playing the piano, he had to master the piano within three months. In one particular scene, Tony’s character has to play an exceptionally fast song on the piano, which was a very daunting task indeed.
Tony shared that at point, he wanted to give up. However, he eventually decided to practise like mad instead. Whenever he had free time during filming, he would head over to the piano on set to practise. No matter how busy he was, he made sure to fit in at least eight hours of piano practise. Within three months, the actor managed to master the piano, and was able to complete the scene smoothly without any hitches.
Philip also chimed in, adding that while he was editing the scene, he realised that Tony had hit every note perfectly. The scenes were not dubbed over or overlaid with a separate music track, as Tony was able to play all the pieces required whilst filming.
But, during the three-month shoot, Philip shared that Tony had called him every night to scold him for giving him such a demanding task.
“However, he’s thankful now. (Tony) even has a piano at home now, playing the piano has become his hobby,” the Hong Kong director shared.
In the days after Taiwanese actress Lin Chi-ling’s marriage announcement, all eyes have turned to the other ‘spinsters’ of the entertainment industry, with a number of reporters pressing them about their relationship status.
Taiwanese actress Tiffany Hsu, who’s currently in a stable relationship with cinematographer Liu You Nian, was asked if she’d consider tying the knot soon like Chi-ling. Now, the spotlight is on Taiwanese actress Janine Chang, who’s currently single.
When a reporter asked the 36-year-old about her relationship status at a recent event, Janine couldn’t help but to laugh once she heard the word “spinster”.
“There should be someone who will eventually sweep me off my feet,” she answered.
“That special someone might have taken the bus to the wrong stop, taking one big round instead. He should be coming any time now,” Janine continued.
Janine also shared that while she’s never worked together with Chi-ling officially, they’ve met each other on a plane once. The duo also have a number of mutual friends. Janine expressed her happiness when she heard that Chi-ling had tied the knot, praising the model for her beauty.
Looking back at her own relationship history, Janine shared that she does not remember an instance where “friendship turned into love”, like Chi-ling and Akira.
“I probably should go home and take another look at my contacts, to hit up the friends who I’ve fallen out of touch with,” she joked.
Janine has only publicly admitted to her former relationship with IT CEO Kai Huang, although they’ve since parted ways in 2016.
Before anything else, Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Ka-fai would like everyone to know that his marriage to Hong Kong actress Jiang Jia Nian is not a “godlike marriage”.
At a recent press conference, the 61-year-old was asked for the secret behind his “godlike marriage” to Jia Nian. The couple has been married for 32 years, and remain as in love as the day they tied the knot. Tony is also known as the “number one husband” in the entertainment industry.
With a laugh, Tony replied, “You guys have turned my marriage into something godly! At that time, (when I tied the knot with Jia Nian), my only thought was that she was way too brave to agree to marry me.”
The actor recalled an incident in the past, when he was in Vietnam. At the time, he had been coerced to go to the Philippines to film a movie and soon, rumours alleging that Tony was in cahoots with the mafia started spreading. As Jia Nian was forced to stay in Vietnam, the couple was separated for a week. Tony admitted that it was indeed a harrowing experience. However, due to that, the couple was able to better understand each other, and it deepened their feelings towards each other.
The actor admitted that while he does quarrel with his wife at times, being able to be together is the work of fate. If they happen to have differing opinions, the couple will sit down to talk it out, instead of getting angry at each other. Calling himself “just a normal man”, Tony shared that his relationship with Jia Nian is very much like that of any other couple.
However, his one secret to a harmonious marriage is a piece of advice that his father once shared with him.
“Because my dad is more traditional, what he told me is, ‘If you don’t want to do it, then don’t do it. But, once you do something, then you must assume responsibility for it! A marriage is for a lifetime’,” Tony said.
Tony tied the knot with Jia Nian in 1987, and the couple welcomed their twin daughters, Nikkie and Chloe in 1991.
Taipei, Taiwan - Lawrence latest filming in variety show 'Variety Get Together' (綜藝大集合) is his second appearance in the famed program hosted by Hu Gua (胡瓜) . He was invited by the producer to set foot on the show within a short period of 2 months. The producer expressed that he particularly like Lawrence's adorable look.
Lawrence is also well-liked by the entire production team and the viewers alike. Many viewers liked the way Lawrence portrayed himself- cute boy-next-door look which captures the hearts of people.
We have seen many up and coming new artistes in the Taiwan market who were trying to make a name out of themselves. Many come and go and few stay to make it big.
While Lawrence Hiew's current appearance in Taiwan is only his second trip there to the country of entertainment, it has proved otherwise to his stardom.
Not many new talents are able to appear in shows without staying in Taiwan to build themselves a name. Some do not even have a chance to go on show despite several requests for appearance. But Lawrence has done it and has packed his schedule this time round.
He is surely a jewel which will continue to shine brightly.