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An Exclusive Interview with Cathy Chui
We had an exclusive interview with Hong Kong actress Cathy Chui in September 2002. Despite
her busy work schedule, Cathy still accepted our interview request. She was very nice and
it was very comfortable talking to her, that it was like chatting with a friend. She told us
about her past, her recent life and what she would love to do in the future.
Please enjoy the interview!
* The interview was conducted in Cantonese.
Who is Cathy Chui?
Cathy Chui is a very young actress in Hong Kong. She is not a full time artist right now,
since she is pursuing her college education in the UK. Nevertheless, she still works
part time during her school vacations. She has starred in five movies so far, including
Tsui Hark's Time and Tide.
Cinespot: How did you become a movie actress?
Chui: I was raised up in Australia. Later I returned to Hong Kong, I studied
at an international school. When I was 14, my school encouraged the students to participate
in more extra-curricular activities. At that time, Elite, a model agency, wanted to recruit
some young girls to be models, and they picked me. Being a model is the dream of
many girls, and I was one of those too, I really wanted to try it out, and so I told them I
needed to consult with my parents first. At first, my parents opposed to it, they knew that
there were many crooks in the industry, and they were also afraid that I was too young to
work. I promised them the job would not affect my academic progress since I would work harder
at school, and they finally approved it. After I have been a model for two months, director
Gordon Chan invited me to do a casting, and it was for Teaching Sucks. The first role
I was casted is a student character called Bobo. After that, they suggested me to try out
the role of the teacher, which is the protagonist of the film. They thought I had a mature
appearance. It was pretty funny actually, I was only 14 but was able to play a teacher
character already! Moreover, I was having my summer vacation at that time, so this was like a
summer job to me. If the shooting was to take place at school time, I guess I might not be
able to work on it. That's how I got my first job in the filmmaking industry.
Cinespot: Did you feel any pressure as an actress? How do you release the pressures?
Chui: Yes, I think the existence of pressure is necessary, since it means you care
about your job. For most of the time, I try not to give myself too much pressure. As you know,
I am only a part-time actress, to a certain extent, acting is a hobby. However, personally,
I do love acting a lot. What I think is that, if people hire me to act in a film, that means
they acknowledge my ability, that's why I have to do my best and not disappoint them. If you
try to do your best, working under pressures is inevitable. To release the pressures, I will
do more exercises. Running or taking a hot tub is what I love to do.
Cinespot: Can you tell us any of your unforgettable experience in acting? Among all your films,
which one do you love most?
Chui: As far as I remember, I have been in five films, Teaching Sucks, Time and Tide,
When a Man Loves a Woman, Cop Shop Babes and The Saving Hands. The most
unforgettable one must be Teaching Sucks. You know, I was too small at that time,
that I really didn't know what I was doing. Moreover, to me, this film did not have a complete
script. The director always told us what he wanted on the set and let us perform on our own.
Veteran actors Jan Lam and Anthony Wong are very smart people, acting without a script did not
affect them at all. Conversely speaking, I had no acting experience before. The only thing I could
do was to follow my instinct. Perhaps that's their intention to shoot without a complete
script, since they could capture my spontaenous reaction. Working in Time and Tide
was also impressive. There was a scene that I was supposed to play with a dog happily. This
was a difficult scene for me, because I was very afraid of dogs. When they knew it, they
sent me to a dog farm. They wanted me to get rid of the phobia by playing with dogs
every day. On the first day there, they brought me a big dog, it was totally
unacceptable to me. Then we started with a small puppy. After some training, I was not afraid
of dogs anymore. From this example, you could see how professional they are.
Among the five movies, I think The Saving Hands is the most meaningful one, it carries a
positive message. However, as a lover of romance and comedy, I like Teaching Sucks more.
Cinespot: In Teaching Sucks, you are a teacher. In Time and Tide and
Cop Shop Babes, you are a cop. How come you are always playing such mature roles?
Chui: It is probably because I look older than my actual age. But I don't understand
why the filmmakers always love to cast me as a cop. I believe I don't look like a cop at all!
Cinespot: So do you enjoy being a cop?
Chui: I think not (laugh). I would appreciate if there is other choices. I have been
a cop in several films already. I really want to try out some other roles in the future.
For Part II of the interview, please click here!