Lawrence Ng (吳啟華) split his time between Hong Kong and Mainland China after marrying actress Shi Yangzi (石洋子) in 2007.
Although Lawrence’s main home was in China where Yangzi resided permanently, he plans to move back to Hong Kong after his divorce and get in touch with his old roots again.
No Place Like Hong Kong
Unable to handle the lifestyle in China, Lawrence disclosed, “I always felt that Hong Kong is my actual home. The longer I’ve been living in China, the more I dislike it there.
"Besides the differences in culture, the most important thing is that there seems to be a lack of justice and discipline in China.
"I know that my daughter will have her own opinions when she grows up and will be able to tell the difference between the two places. Then, we can let her choose where she wants to stay!”
Relocating to China in 2007 after the birth of his daughter, Lawrence admitted that he never adjusted to living in China.
Besides recalling the time Yangzi was a victim of a online shopping scam, Lawrence said he once witnessed a man urinating in public who then threatened to hit him because he simply glanced over.
Having stayed in England during his studies, Lawrence also does not recommend living overseas.
Firm on enrolling his daughter at an international school in Hong Kong, Lawrence refuses to send her anywhere else.
Recalling his experience on being bullied in England, Lawrence angrily explained, “I used to get bullied overseas because people in England really cared about seniority. Since I was a junior, I was a slave to the upperclassmen.
" I got up every morning to buy food and serve drinks to the bosses. At night, when everyone had two blankets, I only had one.
"And sometimes they would hit me with a towel and ask for snacks. I couldn’t tell my teacher because the outcome would be worse. I was crying internally at that time, it was unbearable!”
From Villain to Lovable Doctor
Before joining the entertainment industry, Lawrence’s initial plans were to become a police officer. However, Lawrence’s father, who was ironically a police officer at that time, told Lawrence to pursue a career as an actor because officers did not make enough money. In the early days of his acting career, Lawrence had to unhappily accept minor villainous roles that tarnished his image from the get-go.
Although he was displeased with playing rapists and murderers, it was his hated role in The Feud of Two Brothers <流氓大亨> that propelled Lawrence into the limelight. Lawrence’s recognition increased when he filmed Category III movie, Sex and Zen <玉蒲團之偷情寶鑑>.
Unfortunately, Lawrence was tricked into filming Sex and Zen – the director misled him into signing onto the film.
When Lawrence found out about the sexual nature of the movie, he was asked to pay $20 million HKD in compensation should Lawrence refuse to film.
Finally breaking out of his typical villainous role, Lawrence went on to becoming a “lady killer” overnight with his role in Healing Hands <妙手仁心>.
Laughing at his title, Lawrence revealed that he is indeed quite popular with the ladies in real life.
Lawrence remembers a time where various women at a bar surrounded him even before he rose to fame.
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