How Fala Chen keeps in shape: It's not dieting

14 September 2013 / 3 years 1 month ago

Fala Chen’s (陳法拉) popularity may have skyrocketed after Triumph in the Skies 2 < 衝上雲霄II>, however, the 31-year-old actress has also received a large amount of backslash on her acting abilities. Despite given a possibility to take home the Best Actress title this year for her role as Holiday Ho, Fala ended her contract with TVB and flew to the United States to continue her studies. During that time, Fala’s personal life also took a toll as it was rumored that she broke up with her boyfriend, Daniel Sit (薛世恆).

Finding Improvements From Failure

According to Jayne Stars, Fala kick-started her career in 2005 when she was crowned first runner-up in the Miss Chinese International pageant.  Since Fala signed with TVB immediately and did not have time to focus on actual training, she had to learn at the job. Fala was previously pegged for having a rigid method of acting and an inability to adapt to situations.

In an emotional scene in Triumph in the Skies 2, Holiday was supposed to shed tears after finding an engagement ring from her deceased boyfriend. However, under all the pressure and forcing herself to cry – Fala was incapable of even shedding a single tear. Initially angered by the massive amount of criticism, Fala eventually took full responsibility for her performance and said there is still much for her to learn.

It was not until she was given advice from her acting professor did Fala regain some of her confidence and began to understand where she went wrong. “I accept the failures! The road of discovery and exploration may take a long time in the future and during the process, my growth will not be defined by one goal, one award, or one number. I will only enjoy the journey and receive acknowledgement on the way.”

Fala Needs a Break From Confusion

After spending eight confused years at TVB where she constantly held a tight schedule with no breaks, Fala always felt insecure. “I had a lot of uncertainty in signing TVB’s renewal contract. I wasn’t really sure because I didn’t have a long-term plan. During March and April, I especially felt panicky and confused because I didn’t know what the future had in store for me. Before accepting the movie offer, I lived in the days where I had to listen to what others tell me. When the company gives you a job for a costume drama production in three months, the only information you have is that it’s a costume drama, and nothing else.”

Deciding to take a break from TVB, Fala flew to New York to brush up on her acting. Fala spoke of her experience in New York as being life-changing, “For almost two months, I lived every day as a student. The biggest gain is to understand and accept my own shortcomings. This holiday is life changing! The acting and learning methods are very explicit, but the most critical is to change yourself, how you see the world, how you look at the people around you, and your work attitude. This is the biggest change! I hope to be more open; I don’t mind others seeing my positive traits and shortcomings.”

Coincidentally, during that time, Fala was offered a role in the horror movie, Tales From The Dark 2 <奇幻夜>. Seeing as her movie role would be the only project alongside her studies, Fala felt more secure accepting the job.

Follow Your Heart

Another speculation that Fala headed to New York was due to her breakup with Neway heir, Daniel Sit. Fala said, “There were many things that we didn’t know how to handle in the relationship, bringing many problems. However, without him and our multi-year relationship, I wouldn’t have turned into the person today. We affected each other in many ways. Overall, it was a positive experience, adding meaning and enriching my life. I can’t tell others about the details of our relationship, as it can’t be expressed in words.”

Fala stated, “I tend to be rather subjective in a relationship. I think the most important aspect is trusting your own instincts and believing in yourself. I know when someone treats me well and when they actually like me – I use my intuition and I don’t care about the surroundings. Earlier, my mom told me that I’m very loyal to the people I love and once I trust someone, I would give them everything. This became complicated since both us didn’t care about what our family or friends had to say. We didn’t care about how an actress is dating an heir. Even so, I don’t think I was wrong; I think trusting your own gut feeling is beautiful and it makes our lives more true. I didn’t like it when two people refuse to communicate and aren’t honest with each other, so we didn’t keep secrets from each other.”

Confidence Stems From Fala’s Abs

A former beauty queen, it is hard to imagine that Fala not only has insecurities with her acting, but with her physical features as well. Contrary to popular belief, Fala was highly self-conscious about her own body when she was young. It was only when she entered university did she begin to regain her self-confidence. “I was late in realizing this; at that time, I only thought I was okay – I never thought I was even considered pretty. I only began thinking I was beautiful in the eyes of Chinese citizens after I won the pageant.”

In terms of her body, Fala stated that she never had to diet to keep in shape. She maintains her body from her passion for dancing. When asked about her most satisfied body part, Fala joyfully admitted that she is most proud of her belly in which she used to have visible abs.

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