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Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi talks about showing her humorous side in “My Lucky Star”, and sharing a memorable kiss with her handsome co-star Wang Lee Hom in the film.
SINGAPORE: From the resilient geisha Sayuri in “Memoirs of a Geisha”, to the strong-willed Gong Er in “The Grand Master”, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi has played many serious roles in her film career.
But she also has a humorous side, and she got the chance to embrace it in her new romantic comedy “My Lucky Star”, a prequel to her 2009 hit film “Sophie’s Revenge”.
In “My Lucky Star”, Zhang plays quirky, socially awkward comic book artist Sophie, who finds herself embroiled in a bizarre plot to create a superweapon using a special diamond, after winning a holiday to Singapore.
She then meets the man of her dreams, super spy David (Wang Lee Hom), and goes on a madcap adventure with him to keep the diamond away from the criminals that seek it.
“I never quite had a chance to be playful in real life so I did that on the screen.”
“Privately, I am really a playful person!” gushed Zhang, when they met reporters at a recent media event in Singapore.
She went on to reveal that she has a lot in common with her character.
“I am actually quite like Sophie.
“She is a little bit ditzy, a little bit willful, and sometimes acts out to get her way,” said Zhang with a laugh.
“I hope female viewers will see a bit of themselves in her.”
Kiss and tell
Apart from getting the chance to play Sophie again, “My Lucky Star”, which opens in Singapore on Thursday, also gave Zhang a chance to get up close and personal with Wang.
The two shared a memorable kiss in the film.
“I remember the scene was pretty good. Nice takes! Long takes!” said Zhang with a grin, as a shy Wang fidgeted uncomfortably beside her.
Her only regret was not being present when Wang was shooting a scene in which he emerges topless from a pool, and shows off his impressive physique.
“When he shot the pool scene, I wasn’t there because nobody told me about it! Such a beautiful scene, and nobody told me about it!” said Zhang indignantly.
The actress also revealed that Wang often attracted a large number of female onlookers while they were shooting "My Lucky Star" in Singapore.
“We would be shooting a scene and just off camera, there would be all these girls photographing him,” said Zhang.
A lucky girl
Luck plays a prominent part in “My Lucky Star”.
Sophie got lucky and won a trip to Singapore, was unlucky enough to get caught up in a criminal plot while she was there, but also had the good fortune to meet the man of her dreams.
When asked what she thought about Luck, Zhang believes it comes to those who put their best foot forward.
“Actually, from the time I started out, I feel that Luck has followed me this past 15 years.
“I am very grateful to all the producers, directors who saw potential in me and gave me a lot of opportunities,” said Zhang pensively, pointing out that she also felt lucky to have her trusted friend Wang work with her on the film.
“When you are trying hard to do something, you need Luck.”
“You won’t know when Luck will come, but it will.”