Miss Hong Kong winner Grace Chan (陳凱琳) and first runner-up Sisley Choi (蔡思貝) were recently spotted filming for the upcoming TVB drama Trade Wars <商戰>. The business thriller, which will be Grace’s official debut drama, also stars veteran actors Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), Raymond Wong (黃浩然), Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Raymond Cho (曹永廉), and Power Chan (陳國邦).
The two rookie actresses displayed their diligence and professionalism on set, earning the praises of their senior costars.
According to an article in Popular Asians, since winning both the Miss Hong Kong and Miss Chinese International crowns respectively in 2013 and 2014, Grace has been doing work nonstop. She has taken in numerous MC jobs, hired to do lucrative endorsements, and is also a favorite among TVB producers. Sources say that the 22-year-old is also very good at building networks, a skill that Sisley Choi reportedly lacks.
On Grace’s first day of shooting for Trade Wars, the first thing she did was to treat the production crew for some afternoon tea. Grace was described to have a gentle personality, but despite her demure appearance she was also very talkative and friendly. An insider said Grace took the initiative to get close to the staff members, who praised her for being hardworking and attentive.
Grace would always be visiting the set even when she was not required to be there. Grace’s costars and seniors, Edwin Siu and Power Chan, were impressed with her diligence and took great care of her, readily giving her advice and support whenever she asked for them. Grace also got along with Jason Chan, who does not share many scenes with her in Trade Wars.
“I like to talk with people,” said Grace in a brief interview. “Since it’s my first time filming a drama, I am always asking for advice on how I did and what I should focus on. There are people in the series who will be portraying my family members, so I should be closer to them in real life so the acting will be more realistic!” Grace said Susanna Kwan (關菊英), Edwin Siu, and Power Chan were always giving her advice, and she thanked the seniors for putting money in her pocket.
On the other hand, Grace’s “rival” Sisley Choi struggled with committing numerous outtakes. According to a tabloid report, costar Edwin Siu reportedly got so fed up with Sisley’s slow performance that he lost his temper at her. During the filming break, the director took Sisley to the side and scolded her. The reports claimed that Sisley was jealous of Grace and often talked behind her back, causing the two former friends to give each other cold shoulder.
Grace denied having a riff with Sisley. “Of course not! We are so happy when we see each other!” Grace did admit, however, that she and Sisley have not been meeting each other as frequently as before. “Compared to the time when we were competing for Miss Hong Kong, we haven’t been meeting each other as much. But I always think of her!”