Grace Chan (陳凱琳) and Sisley Choi (蔡思貝) signed as TVB artistes after being crowned Miss Hong Kong 2013 and first runner-up respectively.
They have since been heavily promoted by TVB, with Grace being involved in three of the dramas presented at the 2015 TVB Sales Presentation, and Sisley given a leading role after only one year into her career.
It was, however, not always a bed of roses for both ladies, as they reveal their struggles in a recent interview.
Sisley Was Clueless About Acting
Having no acting experience, Grace and Sisley initially both found acting to be very difficult.
Sisley reflected, “The first time I acted before the camera, my mind was completely blank and I had no idea what to do, nor what gestures to make. I could not understand the cues in the script, and I was clueless as to the right emotion to convey when speaking my lines. I was so stressed that I developed insomnia. Thankfully, the people I worked with were very kind and encouraging, teaching me to relax.”
Grace also revealed that initially, whenever she finished filming a scene, she would ask, “Is everything okay?” and had to gradually learn to trust the director.
Sisley was also bothered by the frequent gossip reports linking her romantically to her male co-stars.
When Young Charioteers <衝線> co-star Him Law (羅仲謙) saw Sisley turn up for work in low spirits, he encouraged Sisley not to be bothered by the rumors.
Sisley said, “Perhaps I have so many rumors because I treat members of both genders equally, and have no qualms being good friends with guys. Luckily I have become more conscious of the presence of paparazzi wherever I go!”
Grace Values Friendship with Sisley
Grace usually laughed the gossip reports, but admitted that she got along very well with Louis Cheung (張繼聰) and Alan Wan (大隻仔), “Alan feels like my little brother; he’s very playful and outgoing.
Louis is very mature and has a lot of depth; he’s given me a lot of advice for filming and is my good friend.”
Rumors regarding the purported rivalry between Grace and Sisley have also been rife.
Grace revealed that these rumors bothered her far more than the romantic rumors, “Perhaps it’s due to my upbringing overseas, where the focus is on individual achievement rather than competition, but I’m very upset by the rumors.
"Sisley and I are completely different in terms of personality, image and acting style. I really don’t see a need for comparison. I’m just glad that our friendship has not been affected; whenever an article appears about us, we would call each other to make sure that no one’s feelings are hurt.
"I wish the media would criticize me separately, rather than compare the two of us. I really don’t want to lose Sisley as a friend.”
Read more about Sisley Choi here.