After leaving TVB in May, Fala Chen (陳法拉) has set her ambitions on the film industry and entering Hollywood. While Eric Tsang (曾志偉) openly admitted that he hopes to sign Fala, Kelly Chen’s (陳慧琳) manager Chung Chun (鍾珍) is also in the fight for the 31-year-old actress.
Eric, who has had his eyes set on Fala from the beginning, praised her beauty and work attitude. It is speculated that Eric offered Fala a whopping $10 million HKD contract in order to promote her in becoming the second Maggie Cheung (張曼玉) and enter international markets under his new company.
Maggie is known for drawing in big dollars at box offices, and Eric sees similarities between the two actresses. He even boldly aims to have Fala surpass Maggie’s footsteps.
In response to these rumors, Eric avoided commenting on the negotiation price but stated, “I’ve talked to Fala a couple of times and I know she’s very close with Chung Chun and chances of Fala signing with her is high. Perhaps because they’re both females and it’s easier for them to communicate with each other, but no matter who Fala chooses, I think she has a high chance for success. She’s willing to learn, is well behaved, and has potential.”
With management companies eager to sign her, Fala decided not to return to TVB. She will consider the offers carefully, to find a management company that fits her needs. Fala revealed that Chung Chun is helping her temporarily, “Miss Chun is really nice. She currently helps me oversee work matters because I’ve received a lot of job offers lately and I’m unable to handle them all. Good thing she’s here to help me out!”
Fala’s Increase In Status
At a recent brand launching function with Tony Leung Chiu Wai (梁朝偉), her salary increased 3 percent from the original price of $100,000 HKD. In mainland China, Fala’s compensation is roughly $250,000 HKD per promotional appearance.
In the short month that Fala returned to Hong Kong after studying in New York for the summer, she has already pocketed $1.65 million HKD from seven functions and for her role in Tales from the Dark 2 <奇幻夜>. The film’s director, Gordon Chan (陳嘉上) saw a bright film future ahead for Fala, “The film industry rarely sees Fala’s type of woman. There’s a scarcity in leading ladies, and A-class actresses have become very selective in the movies they film.”