Behind the Glamour’s focus for this post will be on the popular and potential household fa dan, Tavia Yeung Yi. Just last year, Tavia Yeung was the winner for TVB Best Supporting Actress and this year, she might be running for Best Actress for her villainous role in grand production, Palace Scheme. While it may seem like she’s been hit with sudden fame, many of her fans would know that Tavia has been in the entertainment industry for more than 10 years now. Unlike most current fa dans who originate from beauty pageants, Tavia Yeung is actually a graduate from TVB’s 1998 Acting School. We currently do not see as many acting graduates on screen any more and Tavia has definitely made a long battle to come through to the viewers. Having less exposure and working from scratch, how has Tavia survived? How does she maintain such a devoted and large fan base? Through this feature, I hope to find out a little more on this rising household fa dan…Note: This is not an article, but a compilation of segments from news articles. If you want to take the actual news articles, they would be referenced at the bottom of each segment. Or you can just scroll down to my part =] Credits to Jessie1314 for most of the magazine articles that she translated, which was really helpful in letting many of us know about Tavia.
Manoeuvring a boat rocked by underwater explosions or jumping off a building while fighting suspended on wires is all in a day’s work for Hong Kong actress Tavia Yeung Yi. While stunts like these may be dangerous, none of them caused as much damage as a pair of high heeled shoes.Long periods of filming all day sashaying around on dainty stilettoes when she was filming modern series had put tremendous strain on her spine. The demure actress suffered from an inflammation in the lower back leading to an irregular curvature in her spine.
Her latest TV series has her playing salt trader Dau Sing Suet in Sweetness in the Salt (Sing Suet Yim Jaan, 2008). “There are many action scenes as there is a lot of fighting involved. I enjoy them but I’m also worried that I might hurt my back and aggravate the old injury.”
Yeung also sings the series’ theme song with her co-star Steven Ma Chun Wai, who plays the male lead, Nip Ji Yuen.
The lovely actress vividly recalled some of her most dangerous stunts in Twin of Brothers (Dai Tong Seung Lung Juen, 2004), which was filmed in China during winter.
“It was freezing that night and I was dressed very lightly for temperatures that were likely below zero. It was quite terrifying to be floating about in the waters when the underwater explosion violently rocked the boat.”
“That was extremely difficult to do. I had to do more than a dozen takes.”
The actress says that her favourite role to date is Tam Chu Mei, otherwise known as sexy Mimi, in Dicey Business (Dou Cheung Fung Wan, 2006) where she had to wear a padded bra to portray a busty girl. She suggested to the director to give Mimi a speech impediment to make the character more adorable.
It was hailed as her breakthrough role by her steadily increasing number of fans. Where previously she played the innocent girl-next-door types, this role saw her delivering an overtly sexy character for the first time.