September 2008, 2pm at Orchard Cineleisure KBox
For lead actress Barbie Hsu, coming to work each day
on the set of her latest movie “Connected”
was always an unpredictable experience.
To portray the hapless character Grace, the kidnapped
victim held hostage in an abandoned house, she relied
very much on director Benny Chan’s instructions
of the kind of emotions he wanted her character to display
on the actual day of filming.
In this sense therefore, the sense of anxiety that she
felt each day on the set translated neatly to her character’s
experience and enabled her to better act out her character’s
sense of helplessness and fretfulness.
She has much praise for director Chan whom she described
as possessing a certain charisma. This charisma, she
said, was his ability to get his actors to trust him
and follow his directions on set.
Connected is in fact Barbie Hsu’s first Hong Kong
movie, and it was for her a valuable experience. She
had watched Hong Kong movies from young, and so when
she received the script for Connected, she leapt at
the opportunity of getting her first starring role in
a Hong Kong movie.
One of the aspects that struck her on the set of Connected
was how fast the crew worked. Most of her scenes were
done within 10 to 15 days and she was impressed by the
professionalism of each member of the crew on set.
“I was also very grateful that director Chan always
regarded me like an experienced actress. He did not
question my experience even though I was relatively
fresh,” she said.
This movie is also her maiden experience at filming
an action movie, her previous two movies “Silk”
and “The Ghost Inside” being entries into
the horror genre. But she said that each role for her
is an interesting and challenging encounter, and that
of Connected is no different.
Indeed, she likes the experience of being in a Hong
Kong movie so much that she hopes that she will be able
to act in more Hong Kong movies in future. But for now,
she is certain that she has no ambitions of becoming
a Hollywood star.
“I always see my audience as a primarily Asian
audience,” she said, “so I am happy so as
long as I am able to continue making movies for them.”
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