After toiling 16 years in the entertainment industry, Hong Kong actress Elena Kong has become a hot new star.
The 42-year-old is a known name only in recent years after working on productions by broadcaster TVB from 2009.
Before that, she starred in productions by Hong Kong's other - and far less popular - broadcaster ATV.
To her, the switch of broadcasters is like "graduation".
In a telephone interview with Life!, she says in a mix of Mandarin and Cantonese that her time now at TVB is equivalent to "going to real work".
"All those years that I spent at ATV feels a little like going to school, where I learnt about acting and got to try all these different roles.
"After I left, it's like I graduated, so working with TVB now is like going to work and I can apply all my previous knowledge."
Her graduation has come at a time when mother roles are going her way.
In the new movie A Secret Between Us, she plays a sickly mother whose relationship with her daughter is strained when the girl prostitutes herself for money to pay mummy's medical bills.