Who’s Next?! The Next Generation of TVB Fadans (Part 1)

Of the five female TVB fadans of the 2000’s, Myolie Wu, Tavia Yeung, Linda Chung, Fala Chen, and Kate Tsui, Fala was one of the latest to join, but also the earliest to leave to pursue greater opportunities in 2013. Fala’s ambitions are slightly different from her other celebrity sisters as she went back to acting school rather than leave for marriage and pregnancy reasons like Linda or Aimee Chan, who is having a zoo of kids at home.

Myolie and Kate moved on to start their own wedding and jewelry business at around the same time last year, you’ll wonder if their resignation was conspired. Just kidding, but there is certainly collaboration opportunities since brides would need both when they get married. Too bad, Myolie and Kate were never on good terms because Kate and Bosco were an onscreen couple before. Okay, I totally digress. LOL.

This leaves Tavia who is somewhere in between, just got married last week, but with no kids and an offer to film for mainland hasn’t arrived in the mail yet. Anyway, this marks the beginning of HK TV domination by a new group of faces. And it’s no joke because if you look back at 2016, Sisley Choi has already led two series, The Speed of Life and Fashion War while Tracy Chu has already made her way into K9 Cops and Over Run Over. It’s only been three months into the new year and four of the series we saw are plastered by only two new faces.

Who’s next?

Kate Tsui (徐子珊) to Ali Lee (李佳芯)

Ali Lee just seemed to pop out of nowhere and became a popular contender for the new TVB fadan spot. I’d admit she made both a negative and positive first impression in Overachievers; she really had the vibe for being a third party vixen who broke apart other women’s family, but she also had a strong and viable face and impression that makes you both love and hate her. While watching Fashion War, I can’t help but realize how many similarities she shares with Kate Tsui.

From surface impressions, both Ali and Kate seem to have that slick and seductive vibe that’s reflected in their eyes. While that may or may not come from their seemingly perfect chiseled face and contoured cheeks, amongst the 2000’s generations of fadans, Kate had the most controversial roles where she is probably more memorable in morally ambiguous villains to cold-blooded assassins. This is especially evident in her roles in The Four and Relic of an Emissary.

And let’s just put it this way, while we love Ali and she definitely has a sweet side, so far her roles symbolizes anything but your favorite girl-next-door, Linda Chung, does.

Myolie Wu (胡杏儿) to Tracy Chu (朱千雪)

I miss those days when Myolie Wu was everyone’s favorite and this came from the nature of many of her earlier roles where her characters were more happy-go-lucky, kind, simple-minded, whether that she was slightly autistic or not. Think back to her Golden Faith, Eternal Happiness, and Triumph in the Skies days. And then compare it to her Master of Tai Chi and Triumph in the Skies II days. I can’t help but feel like her character in the Triumph sequel resembles her reality at one point, but she has only slightly regained her likability during Ghetto Justice in 2011.

Tracy Chu’s upbeat energy really reminds me of Myolie. At Tracy’s finest, she is energetic, happy, and outspoken. I didn’t see her debut, but she is most memorable in The Fixer and K9 Cops. Her role as the slightly autistic little sister in Smooth Talker was also more memorable and took away the charm from lead actress, Kate. Even Virginia Lok originally admitted that she wanted to promote Tracy because her smile is memorable to the audience.

Tavia Yeung (杨怡) to Mandy Wong (黄智雯)

If there is anyone who can secure a spot as a solid actress, she will be Mandy Wong. Despite always getting supporting roles, she has again and again, stolen the limelight from lead actresses. Unlike Tavia Yeung who is more memorable in her righteous and headstrong characters, Mandy is quite lucky to have played a variety of roles where she is equally memorable for playing sassy and ferocious characters as she did in L’Escargot and Captain of Destiny.

Both Tavia and Mandy’s acting can be characterized as having solid emotions and substance. Even though Tavia’s career was slow and gradual, she seems to carry more integrity and credibility when it comes to having solid acting skills and is also the only actress her generation to have won all four TVB awards: Best Actress, Favorite Female Character, Best Supporting Actress, and Most Improved Actress. While we can’t predict the same for Mandy’s career, rather than moving at roller coaster speed, she has more fan support than TVB support, but wins through democracy rather than politics.

Mandy had education in a performing arts school prior to joining a pageant, but both of them actually graduated from TVB’s acting class in 1999 and 2008, respectively.

What do you think?

Do you agree or disagree with these comparisons? Stay tuned for Part Two!