Evil is the new sexy

Evil is the new sexy

Look out, all you sweet young things.

In a trend-bucking phenomenon, Hong Kong stars in their 40s have been turning up the heat on TV through their roles as baddies.

The villainous on-screen antics of these elegant, gorgeous women have made them a hit with audiences.

Make no mistake - evil is the new sexy.

And these actresses, who joined Hong Kong's top broadcaster TVB last year, are giving their young, wideeyed colleagues a run for their money.

Alice Chan Wai

Who's that girl

Chan, who boasts enviable 34C assets, turns 40 next month.

She was an actress at rival station ATV for 14 years before switching to TVB late last year.

She is no stranger to Hong Kong's tabloid headlines, what with her penchant for cleavage-baring outfits.

She is married to a Taiwanese businessman and has no kids.

"Bad" reputation

Playing bad is clearly up her alley - and it's doing all sorts of good for her career.

Out of three TVB shows, two saw her play a menacing antagonist.

In legal drama Friendly Fire, she was a ruthless, power-mongering chief executive who seduced a hapless lawyer (Derek Kok) while wearing a bikini.

In crime series Sniper Standoff, which is currently available on StarHub On Demand, Chan plays the steely-eyed daughter of a triad boss.

In her own words

Her bosomy figure has become the talk of the town in Hong Kong, but Chan tells The New Paper in an e-mail interview that she is far from being a sex symbol.

"I don't feel sexy at all, it's just the media praising me. All my friends know I'm actually quite tomboyish in real life," she said.

Her nickname? Wai Gor - Wai is her name and Gor is Cantonese for older brother.

That said, Chan said women in their 40s can still outshine their younger counterparts when it comes to sexiness.

"Some older women give off an air of wisdom and sophistication that appeal greatly to men.

That's what makes them sexy and attractive."

She credits her svelte figure to a "consistent diet of more vegetables, less meat", as well as "doing regular exercise and getting plenty of rest".

Chan doesn't fear being typecast and has no qualms about taking on another role as a baddie.

"As a professional actress, it's only right to keep trying different characters. I don't chuck my roles under good or bad labels," she said.

"Instead, I look at how challenging each is. Each character should have its own complicated, interesting backstory."

Purchase this article for republication.



Your daily good stuff - AsiaOne stories delivered straight to your inbox
By signing up, you agree to our Privacy policy and Terms and Conditions.