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Ekin finally treats her like a woman
Fri, Dec 11, 2009
The New Paper

WHO used to treat Charlene Choi like a little boy?

It's none other than actor Ekin Cheng, whom the 28-year-old Hong Kong starlet has worked with no less than six times since 2002.

The pair have collaborated mostly on laugh-out-loud comedies, including the wacky My Wife Is 18 (2002) and retro-inspired Black Rose Academy (2004).

In a phone interview from Hong Kong with FiRST, she said Ekin, 42, has always viewed her as "a younger brother".

His opinion of her changed only when they starred together in high-octane martial arts-fantasy epic The Storm Warriors, which opens tomorrow in theatres.

The Storm Warriors, directed by brothers Oxide and Danny Pang, of horror flick The Eye fame, is the highly-anticipated sequel to 1998's mega-hit Storm Riders.

In the comic-adapted film, she plays the beautiful Second Dream, the love interest of Ekin's pugilistic hero Whispering Wind.

"My character is extremely gentle and tender," explained Charlene. "For the first time in my acting career, Ekin finally treated me like a real woman."

Charlene added that she always goes with her instinct when it comes to choosing her scripts.

"Basically, I'm not the sort to turn down roles I'm offered, well, unless I really hate them," she said. "I choose scripts based on feeling, not because it's a major character or because it can bring me awards."

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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