Celeb Tea Spilling Ex Flight Attendant Says TVB Actor Owen Cheung "Judges People Based On Their Social Status"
Former Cathay Pacific flight attendant Ah Sa has been spilling piping hot tea about the nicest and worst celeb passengers she and her colleagues have encountered while on the job.
While she was more than happy to name those who were on the nice list (with Louis Koo ranked first), she didn't reveal any names on the naughty list...
TVB actor Owen Cheung has been in the spotlight since winning the Most Popular Male Character award at the TVB Anniversary Awards on Sunday (Jan 10) and Ah Sa has a lot to say about him.
“In his acceptance speech, he said that his family taught him how to respect others before he could be respected. A friend of mine told me that he thinks really highly of himself and judges people based on their social status,” she wrote.
Ah Sa explained that this friend of hers takes on small roles at TVB because of his love for acting. And among the actors her friend has worked with, Owen is notorious for looking down on people he deems to be inferior to him.
"When I heard what he said during his speech, I was so angry that I was about to explode," Ah Sa said.
“On the other hand, Wayne Lai is a great guy. He’s so loved by everyone that everyone, including the cleaning staff, went to the studio to greet him. Mr. Cheung needs to learn from Wayne. You can only be respected by others if you treat every single person equally, and not based on their social standing.”
Way before there was Story of Yanxi Palace, there was hit palace drama Legend of Zhen Huan. The 2011 period epic, which was about the power struggles between concubines in the Forbidden City, catapulted actresses like Star Search 2001 alum Sun Li to stardom. It also boosted Hongkong actress Ada Choi’s career and popularity in China.
Though Ada’s turn as the evil empress left a deep impression on viewers, director Zheng Xiaolong revealed in an interview years later that casting her in the drama was his “biggest regret”.
Unlike her co-stars, Ada, 47, delivered most of her lines in Cantonese and her dialogue was dubbed during post-production. However, this created a problem for Xiaolong during filming as he didn’t understand Cantonese.
He explained that he is used to watching an actor's expression when delivering her lines to determine whether her interpretation is up to standard. But when it came to Ada, he had to read the script, watch the monitor, and listen carefully to her, and still he did not understand what she was saying. “Oh my god, I wanted to faint!" he said.
Things did not improve when she spoke in Mandarin. Midway through the shoot, Xiaolong said he regretted casting Ada and that filming her gave him a headache.
Chinese actor Chen Jianbin, who played the emperor, also had his fair share of challenges acting alongside Ada.
He previously revealed that he felt like he was acting in a Hongkong drama and found it difficult to immerse in his role whenever she delivered her lines in Cantonese.
As a result, Ada tried to accommodate everyone by saying her lines in Mandarin. However, when Jianbin heard her Cantonese-accented Mandarin, he couldn’t help but burst into laughter, so she had no choice but to revert to Cantonese.
Though she’s been based in China for more than a decade now, Ada still hasn't mastered Mandarin and continues to speak with a thick Cantonese accent, which makes her the but off jokes whenever she appears as a guest on variety shows.
Hongkong broadcaster TVB recently held their annual Anniversary Awards ceremony, which was attended by hundreds of artistes, including Liza Wang, who was accorded the honour of opening the show.
Liza, who has been with the station for over 50 years, is the undisputed ah jie of TVB, which explains why the 73-year-old was able to make use of her time on stage to lobby for her fellow colleagues.
Previously, TVB’s chief executive had announced that there would be no year-end bonuses or salary increases for all employees in 2020 ‘cos of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While all the actors who were interviewed by the media following the announcement were supportive of the broadcaster’s actions, it appears that the news had ruffled some feathers among TVB’s sizeable roster.
Which was why Liza’s speech, which started off with a nice ode to the broadcaster for their efforts in continuing to “produce shows to cheer Hongkongers on and provide entertainment” despite the pandemic, took a more critical turn shortly after.
“Everyone has been under a lot of pressure [this year],” Liza explained, before going on to implore TVB to consider increasing the salaries of its artistes to encourage them, when the pandemic dies down.
And of course Liza’s words were a hit with all the artistes present, who all broke out in cheers and applause. Netizens also praised the actress, commenting that TVB “feels like its still stuck in the 2000s”.
One netizen even encouraged TVB’s artistes to “consider branching out to China, where the pay is higher”.
Additionally, an unverified list, which surfaced a few months back, has started circulating online again after Liza’s speech. The list revealed that most of TVB’s artistes bring home a “four to five digit” salary monthly, with the lesser known artistes receiving as little as HK$500 (S$85) a month.
Former TVB artistes have also gone on the record to reveal that they were paid “S$5 an hour” when they were just starting out.
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Heavenly King Jacky Cheung, 59, isn’t just known for being a nice guy, he is very generous too. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has donated to charitable causes, lent his voice to charity concerts and has also released a song to pay tribute to frontline workers.
Most recently, Jacky appeared in a video to cheer on the residents of Hebei’s capital, Shijiazhuang, which is now under lockdown after a surge of new infections were reported.
However, the video, which featured a number of Chinese artistes as well as Eric Tsang, generated a fair bit of buzz on the internet, but not for the reasons you’d think.
While fans were thrilled to see the Jacky, who has kept a low profile in recent months, there were some who were taken aback by his “haggard” appearance, which resulted in less-than-kind comments about his grey beard, “glazed eyes”, “gaunt” cheeks, as well as how much he’s aged.
Some netizens even compared him to fellow Heavenly King Andy Lau, who is also 59, saying that Jacky now looks 10 years older.
However, there were others that defended Jacky, pointing out that ageing is “normal” and "part and parcel of life".
“It is impossible for people to have an ageless appearance," commented one fan.
Less than a week after Taiwanese star Jay Chou was reported to have met with billionaire tycoon Lin Ming-hsiung to discuss a big business proposal, reports are claiming that Jay has listed one of his many properties — a hulking townhouse in Tamsui for NT$58mil (S$2.7mil).
The townhouse, which was built 12 years ago, is located in Section 2 of Zhongzheng Road, and is part of the Dutch Bay Resorts townhouse complex. The complex boasts multiple townhouses, all of which were inspired by European architecture styles.
Jay’s townhouse is five stories high, and comes with three bedrooms, six living rooms, five bathrooms, and an underground garage, as well as two separate entrances. The entire space measures around 8041 sq ft, and comes with its own lift too.
According to reports, this was the townhouse that Jay and his wife, Hannah Quinlivan, lived in while they were dating, with Jay even filming one of his many music videos here.
But why is Jay suddenly listing this townhouse for sale?
Well, a number of media outlets are speculating that it could be due to the fact that Jay’s latest movie, Nezha, exceeded its initial filming budget. The racing film, which is produced by Jay and stars Hannah, was initially supposed to take two months to shoot. However, the principal photography was extended to six months.
The film’s producer also revealed recently that the film exceeded its initial budget of NT$200mil (S$9.4mil) by NT100mil(S$4.7mil), due in part to the delayed wrap date.
When reached for a comment, however, Jay’s label, JVR Music, declined to “comment on our artiste’s private affairs”.
Taiwanese actor Ethan Ruan’s relationship with his family has always been a talking point among netizens.
His dad is said to be a soldier, his mother was a military nurse and his brother, a pilot. With a family history so entrenched in the armed forces, many netizens have wondered why the 38-year-old decided on a career path that’s so different.
A recent confession from Ethan on Chinese variety show Nian Nian Tao Hua Yuan may have shed some light on the matter.
Ethan began talking about his family by admitting that he’s estranged from his father. “My dad is the type of person that I dislike the most," he said. "He used the wrong methods to express his love towards us.” Without going into details, Ethan revealed that he found it difficult to talk to his father when he was growing up because of how distant their relationship was.
“A child can never mature if he’s unable to connect with his parents,” Ethan added. “I never want to be like him.”
However, the actor has noticed that he’s becoming more and more like his father when it comes to the way he expresses himself, and feels that this might be his Achilles' heel in the future.
Ethan also talked about his grandfather, and the topic left him visibly emotional.
“I was a very rebellious child. I took a long time to graduate from high school and almost everyone gave up on me," said Ethan. "My grandfather was the only one who was supportive of me. When I first started out in showbiz, there were many times when I couldn’t make ends meet and he would send money to me without telling anyone. I hope he lives a long and healthy life.”
Former Hongkong DJ Suzie Wong started a YouTube channel in 2019 and has used her showbiz connections to invite big names to her show. A recent guest was veteran director Louis Lau Tin Chi, who talked about how wealthy businessmen would pay for stars to accompany them to events or to have meals with them.
Louis shared that prices for meals with starlets 40 years ago started at HK$3000 (S$500), which was considered exorbitant. Suzie asked if this price included hand-holding or other physical contact, but Louis maintained it only applied to dining together.
According to Louis, clients included high profile businessmen such as the late Fung King Hey, who was regarded as the Godfather of the stock market. He was said to have been so generous that he sometimes paid more than the S$500, and once gave him a bag of diamonds and jade along with US$700 (S$930) as payment for a meal with Maggie Cheung.
“At that time, she wasn't acting in movies yet so she was still considered a starlet. She wasn’t famous (…) Actresses who were more established would reject such small offers and would only attend company events if they were chauffeured by luxury cars,” said Louis.
Suzie then asked if these deals included sex, to which Louis responded that he was unsure of what happened after the meal or event as he wanted to respect the privacy of those involved.
She then asked him if he thought of himself as a pimp, to which Louis said: “I think I was. I felt so embarrassed about it that I only dare talk about it when I’m in my 70s. I felt that it was wrong even back then, but that it was something that had to be done since I was paid for it.”
Maggie placed second in the Miss Hongkong pageant in 1983 and acted in her first movie shortly after. She hit the big time in 1985 after starring in Jackie Chan’s Police Story.
She has not responded to the claims at press time.
Hongkong Star Alex Fong Shares How He Got Ready For Shirtless Shoot, Months After His Weight Soared To 83kg
Staying in all day during the pandemic will inevitably lead to some weight gain, especially if you’ve dropped the ball on your home workouts (happens to all of us). And even a former professional athlete like Alex Fong Lik Sun — no, not the other Alex Fong — was not spared.
In a series of Instagram posts that started going up last Tuesday (Jan 5), the 40-year-old, who represented Hongkong in swimming at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, got candid about piling on the pounds in early 2020 and then successfully shedding them before Christmas.
At the beginning of last year, when the COVID-19 outbreak was in its early stages, Alex still managed to keep in shape by swimming 20km a week. However, he was soon struck by “pandemic fatigue”, and to make matters worse, both his acting career and business at his swimming academy were badly hit. This left him with “no desire to continue fighting”, and his weight ballooned to an all-time high of 183lbs (83kg).
Instead of wallowing in self-pity, he and a group of friends — he describes them as “middle-aged Hongkong men from different backgrounds” — decided to embark on a 30-day non-stop workout challenge. 30 days eventually stretched to 212 days, and by December 14, Alex’s weight dropped 26lbs (11.8kg) to 157lbs (71.2kg).
Now, Alex wants to use his journey to encourage others, and is even launching a calendar featuring lots of photos of his ripped bod. (But of course.)
He also shared a detailed and lengthy post documenting how he lost 6.7kg in a month to get ready for the shoot.
While he undoubtedly looks great, Alex clarified that this isn’t the most muscular he has looked for a shoot, nor is his body fat percentage at its lowest in the pics. However, he said that the weight loss method he employed this time round was the “most relaxing” one.
As the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in Hongkong eventually made it difficult for Alex to go out and exercise, he relied mainly on his diet to lose weight. For 30 days, he did intermittent fasting by eating only one meal a day, which was dinner, and he was also on the keto diet.
“I still eat out, but just no fruits, no sweeten drinks or even zero cal soft drinks, no alcohol, no rice, no bread, no noodles of course in case u guys don’t know, hehe (sic)” he wrote in English.
While that’s still a lot of no-no’s, Alex said that it was much easier compared to how he lost weight in 2019. Back then, he shed 2.7kg in 10 days by eating nothing but “room temperature salad and meat” with black pepper and no sauce. He also swam 4km every day.
“Although it was only for 10 days, it felt very tough, and I never looked forward to my next meal ‘cos I knew it was only going to be salad,” he recalled. “This time, I found myself thinking of what to eat at night during the day! It wasn’t difficult! But of course, eating just one meal a day needs some adapting to, so we can start by reducing one meal a day.”
It’s been three weeks since the photos were taken and Alex had no shame in admitting that he has gained 5kg and gone off the keto diet, although he has continued to eat just one meal a day. “Don’t worry, friends, it was my choice to stuff myself with food. When there is a need for me to lose weight, I will do it again.”
After sharing a few more tips, Alex concluded his post by saying that each person’s body is different, so his advice is to try out different diets and exercises to see what suits them the best. “After all, we want to look a little better, be a little healthier, and be a little happier! Let’s work hard together. Jiayou.”
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