CNA Lifestyle Interview: 'You can find strength at any age': Sammi Cheng opens up about life, movies and her Instagram feed
She’s one of Hong Kong’s biggest stars – an award-winning, box office-smashing singer-actress who’s been at the top of her game for the better part of 30 years.
But when it comes to social media, Sammi Cheng plays it surprisingly cool.
Unlike many celebrities who look suspiciously perfect on their Instagram feeds, the 46-year-old often posts photos of herself sweating profusely at the gym, cooking and washing dishes, or chilling at home sans make-up with the pets she owns with husband Andy Hui.
The actress spoke with CNA Lifestyle in Singapore, where she was promoting her new film, First Night Nerves, which has a sold-out screening Saturday morning (Dec 8) as part of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) on Saturday morning.
Before our interview began, Cheng asked what I thought about the movie, and seemed genuinely pleased when I told her, quite honestly, that while I didn’t fully understand the movie, I was surprised to see a Sammi Cheng that I did not recognise from the blockbusters she’d starred in earlier in her career, such as Love On A Diet, Needing You and Summer Holiday.
“For me personally, I really need such opportunities to try different roles, and to show a side of me that is different from what audiences have seen in my romantic comedies,” said Cheng, who plays a talented actress who returns after five years of retirement to co-star in a play with her biggest rival (Hong Kong singer-actress Gigi Leung) in First Night Nerves, directed by legendary Hong Kong filmmaker Stanley Kwan.
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