Entering her sixth year in the industry, Mandy Wong’s (黃智雯) road to stardom was not particularly difficult. Blessed with a supportive family and a great group of friends and mentors, Mandy considers herself as a fortunate star.
“There are those people who would be willing to do anything to get to the top, but fortunately, I have not encountered these people yet. Maybe someone did try to pull me down before, but I just wasn’t aware of it.”
The 30-year-old knew she was meant to be a performer at a young age. Before graduating high school, she has already decided that she would attend the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Though she spent two years at the college studying for modern dance, she decided to switch her major into acting when she was recommended by a professor.
Mandy joined the industry through the Miss Hong Kong Pageant in 2007. A hot favorite to win, Mandy managed to become a top five finalist, but failed to win the crown.
As Mandy’s sole purpose of competing in the pageant was to ease her way into TVB’s acting class, Mandy was not at all disappointed in her loss. In fact, she preferred it.
According to Jayne Stars, Mandy immediately enrolled herself in TVB’s acting class after the pageant was over, later graduating in 2008.
Mandy’s first role after graduating acting class was “Donna Chan” from 2008’sMoonlight Resonance <溏心風暴之家好月圓>. Not only was it Mandy’s debut role, it was also Mandy’s first speaking role – a character with a name, and a script.
As many TVB acting graduates tend to spend a few years portraying green leaf roles, Mandy was very fortunate.
“I have been fortunate for my whole life,” said Mandy. “I never really had to struggle. Even when my parents divorced, our relationship never changed. I live with my mother, but I am still in contact with my father.
"My family wasn’t very well-off when I was younger, but it wasn’t to the point where we were living by the paycheck. However, since I was really young, I worked as a tutor to earn my own pocket money.
"Maybe that’s why my mother is very confident in me. When I told her I wanted to be a performer, she was very supportive. She knows I can take care of myself.”