Ali Lee (李佳芯) is not having a great year to 2020. She has been frozen by TVB since August 2019 because of a post she made that seemed to be supporting the Hong Kong protests. Ali Lee has clarified her intentions for the post and said she was not in support of Hong Kong independence. When the rumors of her first being frozen came about, Ali Lee denied it as she was still filming “Amelia’s Rhapsody” (愛美麗狂想曲) at the time. However, after she finished filming that series, she hasn’t been assigned to any project.
Ali Lee has lost a total of four series since being frozen. When Ali Lee won the Best Actress award at the 2018 TVB anniversary awards, it was for her leading role in “Who Wants a Baby?” (BB來了). The series did so well that they had already announced a sequel, “Plan B” (BB大晒), was in the works with the original main leads to start filming in February 2020. However, because of Ali Lee’s scandal, the sequel replaced them with Eliza Sam and Kenneth Ma with a totally new storyline. The second series was “Legal Mavericks 2” (踩過界II). Ali Lee’s character didn’t return while Kelly Cheung was added to the cast.
The third series is “Big White Duel 2” (白色強人II), which was a ratings success. The sequel was announced in January. Ali Lee said she found out her character was written off from the sequel from the news. The last one is a new series, “Seven Princesses” (七公主), that is set to start filming next month. Ali Lee was reportedly supposed to be the female lead. However, there are now reports that she is being replaced by Priscilla Wong (黃翠如).
Aside from losing new opportunities, Ali Lee’s other series, “Death by Zero” (殺手), still has no air date yet. The series already finished filming in December 2018. In March, she said she is currently focusing on writing her book. It doesn’t seem she has anything lined up at the moment.
It looks like bad luck keeps on coming as it’s reported ViuTV didn’t renew their contract with Ali Lee’s boyfriend, Danny Chan (陳炳銓), who signed with the company in 2016. Danny Chan was also supposed to be holding drama lessons, but because of the outbreak, there weren’t enough students signing up.
On April 11, Ali Lee posted this on IG with the caption: “No need to return to the past. Only hope to return to a simple daily routine.”