Hong Kong movie star
For Ivana Wong, 2014 was a big year.
The Hong Kong musician-turned-actress made her big-screen debut last year in “Golden Chickensss, ” the third installment of the movie series, which features the life of a good-natured prostitute in modern-day Hong Kong. The comedy went on to become the highest-grossing local film of 2014.
Her appearance in “Golden Chickensss” was immediately followed by two other films, “Delete My Love” and “Break Up 100.”
Those three performances earned the Cantopop singer and actress six film-award nominations, including five at: three for best new performer (one nomination for each film), one for best supporting actress (“Golden Chickensss”) and one for best original film song (“Break Up 100”). In addition, she received a best newcomer nomination for “Golden Chickensss” at the Asian Film Awards, which will be handed out on March 25 in Macau.
Ms. Wong began her music career a decade ago with her self-titled debut album, “Ivana.” She’s released several more albums over the years and also appeared in theater productions. Those stage performances eventually opened the door for opportunities in film and television. (She also returned to the screen last month for the fourth installation in the “Golden” series, “12 Golden Ducks.”)
Ms. Wong spoke with China Real Time about her transition into her new acting career. Edited excerpts:
You struck movie gold with your six nominations. What does that feel like?
The feeling was like floating in the sky, but sometime you are back on earth. I feel very happy and super excited, but after using up all my energy with excitement, I know feel peaceful. My heart is filled with gratitude, because I’m new to the film industry.
Where did you begin acting?
If I ever get the chance to give an acceptance speech, I want to thank the teachers who enlightened me on the art of acting and brought me into theater: Joey Leung, Shaw Mei-kwan and Edmond Tong from the Windmill Grass Theatre [in Hong Kong]. The stage training and experience provided me with the foundation for becoming an actress.
How did you get your start in TV and movies?
Also because of theater: [Hong Kong actor] Wong Cho-lam saw my performances on the stage. That’s how I joined him in a TV series. Likewise, Sandra Ng saw me perform in a stage play and invited me to be part of her films.