'Sorry Fann, you still have to work'

'Sorry Fann, you still have to work'

All eyes will be on whatever Christopher Lee chooses to do next, now that he is a Golden Bell award-winning actor.

If the 43-year-old is feeling any pressure about all the increased attention following his win at Taiwan's version of the Emmys, he certainly does not show it.

He tells Life! at an interview in a mixture of Mandarin and English last Saturday: "I know everyone will be following my every move closely to see which projects I take up, what roles I accept. But I'm going to be pretty relaxed about it and I'm not going to be too worried about what others say.

"I think that as long as I work hard in every role, audiences will be receptive."

The Malaysia-born, former MediaCorp actor, who is now based in Taipei, won the Best Actor award there last month for playing a workaholic husband trying to salvage his marriage in Taiwanese television drama A Good Wife.

Perhaps he does not feel the heat of the spotlight so often now that his three-month-old baby son Zed threatens to steal it. He says with a laugh: "Before he was born, everyone referred to him as 'Chris junior'. Now, not only do they not call him 'Chris junior' but they call me 'Old Zed' instead."

He adds that he is in discussions on roles in a number of TV dramas, but is unable to give details.

Until his next big project comes around, he certainly hopes audiences will be just as receptive to his new TV drama Mr Right Wanted, which he filmed before winning his award.

In the romantic drama, which premieres on Channel U on Sunday, he plays a rich bachelor who is instantly smitten with a publisher played by Taiwanese actress Sonia Sui.

He says: "The show was so much fun to work on and who wouldn't want to work with Sonia? All my male buddies have been sounding very jealous whenever they talk to me. They even ask me to arrange photo opportunities with her for them."

Model-turned-actress Sui, 34, nicknamed "the people's goddess", is one of Taiwan's most popular female TV stars.

He adds: "Now that I've worked with her, though, I realise she's quite different from the way she's portrayed in the media. People are, of course, very taken by her beauty, but they tend to find her a bit distant.

"But I think she is actually a very genuine and down-to-earth girl who just wants to live a normal life."

Sitting beside him all this while is Sui herself, who grins and nods enthusiastically. She pipes up that her impression of Lee has also changed greatly after working with him.

She says in Mandarin: "Everyone in Taiwan has seen him in A Good Wife and is in love with his steadfast, stylish, gentlemanly way.

"But after working with him, I realise his personality is more like a kid's. He's so playful, it's as if he were only 18 years old. But that's also what makes working with him so easy and fun."

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