While some believe that second-generation stars are a privileged lot, Hong Kong rookie singer-actor Alex Lam Tak-Shun that celebrity parents do not make the ride easy.
And before you face the public, you are already judged at home.
The suave, dimpled 28-yearold is the son of legendary Hong Kong entertainer George Lam, who is known in Asia for fronting Guinness Stout's famous 1993 television ad campaign.
His stepmother, Taiwan-born singer Sally Yeh, is a household name too, having released a slew of chart-topping hits in the 1980s and 90s.
Lam and his younger sister are from his father's previous marriage.
In a phone interview with local reporters last week to promote his new film, Lan Kwai Fong 3, Lam shared that his dad and stepmum initially had reservations about his involvement in it.
"They were worried as they hadn't watched the first two (Lan Kwai Fong) movies and kept thinking it was a porn film," he said in Mandarin.
"But it's not. It's not X-rated." Lan Kwai Fong 3, rated M18, is the third of a sexy film series set in Hong Kong's most vibrant nightlife hub.
Now showing in cinemas here, it follows the ups and downs of hard-partying couple Shin (Lam) and Sara (Ava Yu), whose romantic relationship is challenged when Sara's best friend, Jena ( Jeanna Ho) decides to seduce Shin.
Lam has two raunchy make-out scenes with ac-tress Ho, one in bed and one under water.
"Sally was also concerned about my kissing skills not being up to the mark," said Lam.
"She remembered a previous (film) I did in which I had to kiss another girl and she remarked that my kissing lacked passion."
The University of Southern California graduate takes such criticism in his stride.
"As a celebrity kid, the pressure to perform is always on, but it's positive pressure," he said.
"My dad and Sally often give me great suggestions. For example, though they are aware my biggest love is music, they've advised me to do more movies to boost my profile."
With a laugh, he said that his maiden on-screen make-out scenes in Lan Kwai Fong 3 went well.
"Before the shoot, I was quite nervous as there were more than 20 crew members on set to 'admire' our work," he said.
"Thankfully, I've known Jeanna for a long time and overall, we were able to be professional." He and co-star Ho suffered a case of the giggles at one point.
"That day, before we shot our kissing scene, Jeanna had just eaten a garlic mutton dish and a funny smell kept coming from her mouth," said Lam.
"It was supposed to be a very sexy moment, but we ended up having a good laugh over it."
The hunky dude is open to baring it all should the right project come along.
"Nudity is okay for me if the script is solid and the director is renowned."