Wonder Wu-man: Hong Kong star Nancy Wu moves from TV to stage

Wonder Wu-man: Hong Kong star Nancy Wu moves from TV to stage
Dancing queen: After a successful stint on Strictly Come Dancing, Nancy Wu is hoping for a break in stage musicals.

After starring in over 50 TV drama series, Hong Kong actress Nancy Wu has her eyes set on stage musicals.

It's a blazing 33°C and the afternoon sun is simply scorching, but Nancy Wu is looking fresh and radiant despite having to juggle a super-packed schedule.

Lounging on a comfy sofa, the vivacious Hong Kong TVB artiste is careful not to crease her floor-length crimson gown as she sips from a glass.

"I've never been very diligent with my beauty regime, but now that my work requires me to be in tip-top shape even in the harshest conditions, I've come to realise that a little bit of effort goes a long way.

"Remember the Chinese saying: 'There are no ugly women in this world, only lazy ones'," quipped Wu, 32, who was in Petaling Jaya recently to plug Nutox anti-ageing skincare range.

Wu is currently busy with the filming of modern drama Trade Wars, which reunites the cast of popular historical drama The Confidant (2012) such as Wayne Lai, Raymond Wong, Raymond Cho, Power Chan, and Edwin Siu.

"Trade Wars revolves around businesses battling to get a larger slice of the market. For example, price wars conducted by competing supermarkets and such.

"In the drama, I run an investment company with Wayne Lai and Raymond Wong. We're like the Three Musketeers of the business world," shared the pretty actress.

"This time, my love interests are Raymond Wong and Power Chan. My character likes Raymond but he is a flirty fella with numerous girlfriends and too many secrets.

"Then, Power comes along and somehow changes my outlook on life. It takes some time, but she eventually realises which man would make a better life partner," added Wu.

As for her own life partner, Wu says he does not necessarily have to be a romantic person.

"I don't need a dreamy sort of fairy tale romance. Fantasy is for when you are younger.

"A little bit of romance wouldn't hurt but there is no need to go all out and make a big deal out of it," mused Wu, who cherishes the stability and security of a relationship.

Wu, who has starred in some 50 television series, says her most memorable role was portraying the deaf-mute muay thai boxer Ting Yan Chi in sports action drama Gloves Come Off (2012).

That was her most demanding role - physically, mentally and emotionally - and also her most fruitful; it won her the Best Supporting Actress award at the TVB Anniversary Awards, the 17th Asian Television Awards and the My Astro On Demand Favourite Awards. "I tried muay thai before but I thought I was too thin for such a tough sport. Hence, I was especially excited to be cast as a muay thai boxer. So much so that I immediately went and got myself some trainers.

"I studied sign language and trained in muay thai boxing. It was such a taxing role, that memories of all my hard work still serve as a reminder that I can do anything I set my mind to."

Wu may be best known as an actress, but she actually entered the industry via a singing competition: TVB's 18th Annual New Talent Awards Competition in 1999.

Then, she joined TVB in 2001 after winning TVB's 3rd Annual Cover Girl Competition.

Her classical dance training came in handy when she was sent to Hunan, China to participate in Strictly Come Dancing Season Two in 2008, where she became the first contestant to achieve a perfect score.

So, it is no surprise now that the statuesque actress says her heart yearns for the opportunity to participate in a stage musical.

"I've got the utmost admiration for theatre professionals, because they have to remember all their lines and make sure that everything has to be perfect. Unlike the filming of dramas, in which we can do several takes until we get things right.

"But taking part in a musical means I cannot participate in a drama at the same time, as rehearsal requires at least two months of your time and that requires a lot of planning and time management.

"But if and when I do hear of any musicals which interest me, then I'd definitely take the initiative to approach the organisers and profess my interest," said Wu.

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