Discovered by Raymond Wong
Working as a part-time model before her debut, Karena was discovered by producer Raymond Wong (黃百鳴) in 2010. Karena’s parents were initially against her decision to become an actress due to their negative impression of the entertainment industry.
“They were afraid that I would waste my time in the industry and not achieve any results.” If it were not for Raymond Wong, Karena’s parents would never have let her become an actress. “Raymond Wong has a positive public image, so my parents trusted me to his care.”
It took an entire year for Karena’s parents to finally accept her career. “They were beginning to understand that I wasn’t just playing around, that I wholeheartedly want to develop my performance career. They were touched by my actions, and now they’re very happy for me.”
Relationship with Raymond Lam
Shortly after dating, Raymond Lam publicly admitted their relationship. Karena, who was filming in mainland China at the time, did not know about it until after a staff member told her about it.
“I was working since 5 a.m. in the morning. It was very cold. My body and mind were exhausted. I remember [when I first heard the news] I had no reaction. It wasn’t until a few hours later, after I finally digested what I heard, when I started to think about it.”
Karena did not blame Raymond for publicizing their relationship without her knowledge. She understood why Raymond did it, and supported it.
“There was so much gossip about us at the time, and most of them were negative reports. The more you avoid clarifying, the more these false reports keep popping up. He did the right thing at the time.”
“The entertainment industry has changed. More artistes are making their relationships public. Trying to keep everything hidden from the public is difficult.”
Unfortunately, negative reports never stopped targeting Karena even after the news broke. “It’s bound to happen. There are always negative and positive sides to news reporting. It definitely had an impact on us.”
Shrugging off the frequent reports about their “marriage plans” despite countless clarifications, Karena believes the gossip would subside as the novelty of their relationship wears off.
Will Quit When She Becomes a Mother
Admitting that she sees Raymond as a marriage partner, Karena was asked about her ideal age for marriage.
“Definitely before I turn 35. It’s not a suitable time right now because we are both very busy with our own careers. Everyone wants to have success in their careers. Men want to be successful before they are ready to take the next step. I don’t think [Raymond] is at a spot where he is completely satisfied.”
The young actress professed that she would not retire from the industry if she gets married, but would consider making her exit once she has children. “You can’t leave your kids for others to take care of,” she said.
As a single child herself, Karena said her childhood was rather lonely. “I want to have two kids, preferably girls.”
Denies Materialistic Side
Often portrayed by the media as a demanding girlfriend who is always asking for luxury items, Karena exclaimed, “I’ve never asked him for anything!”
Gossip reports went so far to claim that Karena asked Raymond for $8 million HKD in cash. Karena’s management initially wanted her to clarify the reports, but Karena did not bother. “If I had to clarify each report all the time, the next gossip might be even more ridiculous.”
What are some the qualities of Raymond that captivated her? “I never noticed his looks. Instead, I admire his low profile.” Karena added, “He has great work ethics, and a really good character. He is mature, reliable, and very patient. I am not, so it’s a good balance.”