2013 Miss Hong Kong winner Grace Chan is on her way to be TVB’s next biggest fadan.
Her rapid spring to fame has made her career much rockier to walk on compared to other rookies of her generation, but like her namesake, Grace is learning how to stay calm and collected in the face of pressure.
“When I competed [for Miss Hong Kong], I was considered a hot favorite,” said Grace.
“It was a lot of pressure—the more popular you get, the more pressure you face—and you have people chasing after you, asking you about your private life.”
According to Jayne Stars, Grace lent some advice to current contestants, exclaiming that it is important to not be too stressed.
“The more you stress over it, the more pressure you get. Don’t let these things affect your performance!”
Grace’s early head start in the industry has put her private life constantly on the line. Under the watchful eyes of the paparazzi, the public watched Grace’s relationship with her Blue Veins costar Kevin Cheng blossom to life.
Despite having a 22-year age gap, Grace and Kevin’s connection remain strong.
The 24-year-old actress expressed that while she and Kevin did not intend to reveal their relationship, she does not regret that it happened.
By admitting to it, Grace said it is easier for them to separate public and private life. Grace stressed that it is important to remain true to yourself whilst in a relationship.
“I have some friends who love their boyfriends too much. When they go out, they always put makeup on and dress in their best clothes. I don’t think that’s necessary. If he truly loves you, it wouldn’t matter how you look. You could wear sandals out in the streets, and he would still think you’re adorable.”
Grace’s acting debut was in the 2014 anniversary drama Overachievers, but her most memorable acting experience to date was actually the time-traveling drama Captain of Destiny.
“Out of all the dramas I’ve done so far, I had the most screen time in Captain of Destiny. It took about half a year to complete shooting, and because we filmed everyday, it was easier for me to get in character. Although it was difficult, I had a lot of fun. I had a lot of room for development, and it was also my first period drama.”
Grateful of TVB for giving her numerous opportunities, Grace added,
“Regardless of what career you’ll end up going, it’s important to hold on to any opportunities given to you. My younger brother is finding work now, and I told him that he may not necessarily like his first job. Sometimes, what you get is not what you expect. You need to get as much experience as you can.”