Rookie Chinese actress Angel Chiang's bee-stung lips have earned her comparisons to Taiwanese sex siren Shu Qi, who is known for her full and luscious lips.
But the 24-year-old TVB artist told MyPaper that she was never really fond of her plump lips and had wanted thinner ones instead.
"I didn't like my lips in the past. People told me that women with such lips are really attractive. It's a part of me that I inherited from my mum. Now I've learnt to accept and admire my lips," said the eloquent Chiang in Mandarin over the phone from Hong Kong earlier this month.
The youthful actress said that she's more than happy to be associated with the "pretty" Shu Qi, who made a name for herself with the award-winning soft-pornstar character in the 1996 sex comedy Viva Erotica.
Chiang may just be getting her big break in a similar fashion in her first leading movie role in Hong Kong flick A Secret Between Us.
She plays a virginal teenager, Bobo, who goes into prostitution to raise money to buy a kidney for her sick mother (played by Elena Kong). Her unorthodox means of raking in quick cash puts a strain on her relationship with childhood sweetheart Ken (model-turned-actor Edward Ma).
While Secret is no Category III film (a rating used in Hong Kong that prevents those under 18 from watching or renting such films), Chiang attempts the maiden bed scene in her career with co-star Ma.
The candid Chiang said: "I wasn't really burdened about taking on the female lead of the movie. The pressure came from having to film the bed scenes with the male lead. We were strangers and didn't know each other before the movie."