Now that she is a mother, Hong Kong TVB actress Angela Tong could soon be done with acting.
Speaking to Life! at a sit-down interview here recently, the bubbly 38-year- old says that the drama series she is about to start filming could be her last.
This week, she is scheduled to begin shooting Meet The Daughter-in-laws, in which she and actress Joyce Tang, 37, will play the titular characters to a nitpicky mother-in-law played by Nancy Sit, 63. It will be her first acting role since she gave birth to daughter Alyssa in March this year.
"The thing about acting is that the schedule is so unpredictable. They can give you a call sheet and tell you that you will work from 9am to 4pm, but on the day itself, you may not even start until 2pm," says the Canadian-born Chinese in English. "Now that I'm a mother, I keep thinking too much about my baby. So I'll try filming this drama first, which is 15 episodes versus the usual 20, and see how things go. If I get too worried, I may not act anymore."
She was in town to promote a new weight loss treatment by Marie France Bodyline, which has appointed her as the new ambassador for the brand.
Tong, who is married to actor and action choreographer Chin Kar Lok, 48, adds with a laugh: "Anyway, my husband has already said that it's perfectly fine if I don't work and just stay at home with the baby. It's great to have that kind of luxury."
Hong Kong TV drama fans remember her best as the physically unattractive but good-natured girl Lee Siu Ho in Life Made Simple (2005). The part won her a Best Supporting Actress award at the 2005 TVB Anniversary Awards.
"I loved that role. I had so much fun with it, and audiences seemed to enjoy watching that character. It'll always be one that I am proud of," says Tong.
Should the call of motherhood get stronger, she has another work option: hosting.