Ever since ATV’s closure, many former ATV artists switched their sights to TVB. Alice Chan (陳煒), who was a lead actress signed with TVB in 2012. Since then, she has gotten a lot of opportunities to star in major series and be the female lead, like “Forensic Heroes IV” (法證先鋒IV). However, it wasn’t always like this as when she first started with TVB, she had to start her way up and was assigned more supporting roles. This was a stark contrast from Joey Meng (萬綺雯), who already had leading roles in major series when she signed with TVB.
Alice Chan recently went on Terry Leung’s (梁泰來) radio show, “Circles” (1圈圈). She talked about her experiences when she started from ATV to moving to TVB. She joined ATV after winning the 1996 Miss Asia title. In 2008, she retired when she got married to a Taiwanese businessman. She came out of retirement in 2012 and signed with TVB, working her way from the bottom up. It wasn’t until 2017 did she reveal her divorce from her husband.
In her first role at TVB, she guest starred in two episodes of “War and Beauty 2” (金枝慾孽2). She then slowly got more opportunities to film heavier supporting roles like “Lord of Shanghai” (梟雄), to finally starring as a leading lady in “Deep in the Realm of Conscience” (宮心計2深宮計). For her role in this series, she won the “Most Popular Female Character” award, which led her to tears when she gave her acceptance speech. Many netizens felt she was robbed of the “Best Actress in a Leading Role” award and even compared her against former ATV transplants, Joey Meng, and Kristal Tin (田蕊妮), who both had lucrative careers at TVB.
When talking about starting from the bottom and working her way up, Alice Chan said, “I really don’t mind it that much because at the time, I didn’t film for a few years already and then I started filming again. I do need to warm up a bit. If in the beginning, I was given the female lead and at TVB, it would actually be more stressful.” (Terry Leung: No, when Kristal Tin and Joey Meng first joined TVB, they had really important roles.) “Kristal Tin also slowly worked her way up. Well Joey was always the lead of leads. I don’t think you can compare each other.” (Did you feel uncomfortable having to play a villain and be sexy at the time?) “I felt okay. I am very confident in myself. Once the scene is out, the audience and producers will naturally see it.”
Terry Leung then asked if her initial salary with TVB was vastly far apart from what she was paid at ATV. Alice Chan admitted it was a big difference and when Terry Leung asked her why she would agree to it, she explained, “Because of opportunities. In terms of Hong Kong, TVB is a platform that can give actors a lot of development and productivity. I think filming at TVB is what allows more viewers to watch it, so I don’t mind paying out of my pocket (to film).”