Sharon Chan to Grace Chan: Tell me when you’re getting married!

The TVB actresses promised to update each other on wedding and baby news; plus, Ruco Chan addresses his latest dating rumour with Mandy Wong

Sharon Chan to Grace Chan: Tell me when you’re getting married!
Sharon Chan to Grace Chan: Tell me when you’re getting married!
09 Jul 2015

Sharon Chan to Grace Chan: Tell me when you’re getting married!

Photos: Dion Tang
Videos: Foong Mien Shi

For those who keep up with the Hong Kong showbiz scene (or our Asian Buzz section), you would have read about TVB artistes and Blue Veins co-stars Kevin Cheng and Grace Chan admitting to their relationship in May this year.

As it turns out, the two came clean about their widely-speculated romance as the result of “a lot of pressure from the media”, as Grace told Toggle at Wednesday’s press conference promoting the upcoming StarHub TVB Awards (which will take place here on October 24) and the string of activities leading up to it, which include meet-and-greet sessions and exhibitions of costumes and props from iconic TVB dramas, in August and September. The events are also held in celebration of this year’s SG50 Golden Jubilee.

“Before that, we weren’t trying to make it into something so public, and we (still) don’t want to say too much because it’s our private lives,” said the Hong Kong-born Canadian beauty queen, who recently celebrated her 24th birthday. “We’re happy right now and that’s all that matters.”

When asked how she felt about all the unwanted attention from Hong Kong’s notoriously invasive press, Grace admitted to – understandably – being “uncomfortable” with it.

“I’m really bad with dealing with these situations; I end up revealing too much even when I don’t want to and Kevin has to tell me to stop talking!” she chuckled. “(Now) I feel that most people are kind and are just doing their job, so I don’t want to be too mean to them. But sometimes I have to stand firm and ask Kevin to tell them to go away!”

One such instance was when the paparazzi descended upon a private dinner between the lovebirds last month. In the photos, Kevin is wearing a bleak expression while Grace appears nervous and confused, with her hand up to her face.

“I look hilarious because my fist is in my mouth – I was just covering it because I was eating!” she explained to us when we brought the incident up. “It was a little bit disrespectful because we were just trying to have a meal.”

However, the diplomatic starlet added, “In the end, this is what the media wants to find out about and take photos of. The next time I see them, I’ll just smile and brush my hair a little. (laughs)”


Continued on next slide: Sharon Chan is getting ready to have babies

Sharon Chan is getting ready to have babies
Sharon Chan is getting ready to have babies
09 Jul 2015

Sharon Chan is getting ready to have babies

Now that the relationship revelation is over and done with, the happy couple has another problem to face: being hounded about marriage plans. In June, Grace was spotted with a band on her ring finger, sparking buzz of a proposal that was soon debunked by the actress herself.

But it seems reporters aren’t the only ones eager to find out when wedding bells will ring for Grace and Kevin: fellow TVB screen siren Sharon Chan, whom we interviewed together with Grace, openly requested for the latter to inform her as soon as Kevin has popped the question.

“If you’re really going to get married you have to let me know!” she exclaimed, to which Grace responded, “Then you must let me know when you’re pregnant!”

We don’t think Grace will be waiting long for that update. Sharon, who recently tied the knot in October, revealed that she is actively planning for children by whittling down her workload, which, in addition to filming and modelling, includes her cookie business Blesscuit.

“Right now, I feel physically and emotionally ready for a baby,” said the 36-year-old. “But it takes up a lot of time so I’m not taking on so many projects.”

And she predicts she will continue being selective with work after a little one does arrive. “Some mothers can give up everything for their kids, but if you told me to stop filming (to focus on my child), I’d get bored! I hope to be able to do both.”

Continued on next slide: Ruco addresses dating rumours with Mandy Wong

Ruco Chan addresses dating rumours with Mandy Wong
Ruco Chan addresses dating rumours with Mandy Wong
09 Jul 2015

Ruco Chan addresses dating rumours with Mandy Wong

Ruco is no stranger to dating rumours, and the latest “lucky” lady to be linked to the handsome 38-year-old is his Captain of Destiny co-star Mandy Wong. According to reports, the twosome were photographed “chatting intimately” in a car.

We now have an explanation directly from the man himself: “Mandy and I are just friends and colleagues. That day (when the photo was taken), I didn’t drive, so I hitched a ride with her. I’ve always said that when I get into a relationship, I will talk about it.”

He continued, “I don’t care when gossip hurts me, but I draw the line when it affects those around me. For me, as long as I look good in the picture, whatever is written doesn’t matter because it’s probably not true. The photo is the real enemy. (laughs)”


Continued on next slide: Divorced Lawrence Ng wants to give his daughter the feeling of a complete family

Divorced Lawrence Ng wants to give his daughter the feeling of a complete family
Divorced Lawrence Ng wants to give his daughter the feeling of a complete family
09 Jul 2015

Divorced Lawrence Ng wants to give his daughter the feeling of a complete family

While Grace and Sharon gush about love, on the other end of the spectrum is Lawrence Ng, who divorced Chinese actress Shi Yang Zi late last year. However, the veteran thespian maintained that he and his ex-wife are not on bad terms. In fact, they recently went on an overseas trip with their 6-year-old daughter Xi Er.

“We still get along and will go out together,” he said. “We want to give our daughter the feeling of having a complete family. Her happiness is the most important.”

As Xi Er is living in China while Lawrence is still based in Hong Kong, he only gets to see her when she is having her school holidays and when he is not busy with filming. “I would love for her to come live with me, but I think it’s more suitable for her to be in China.”


Stephanie Ho and Lawrence Ng
Stephanie Ho and Lawrence Ng
09 Jul 2015

Stephanie Ho and Lawrence Ng

Grace Chan, Lawrence Ng, Ruco Chan, Sharon Chan and Stephanie Ho
Grace Chan, Lawrence Ng, Ruco Chan, Sharon Chan and Stephanie Ho
09 Jul 2015

Grace Chan, Lawrence Ng, Ruco Chan, Sharon Chan and Stephanie Ho

Ruco, Sharon and Stephanie
Ruco, Sharon and Stephanie
09 Jul 2015

Ruco, Sharon and Stephanie

Grace, Lawrence and Ruco share a light-hearted moment at the press conference
Grace, Lawrence and Ruco share a light-hearted moment at the press conference
09 Jul 2015

Grace, Lawrence and Ruco share a light-hearted moment at the press conference

The TVB stars meet lucky fans
The TVB stars meet lucky fans
09 Jul 2015

The TVB stars meet lucky fans

Last night after the press conference, the five TVB stars headed down to VivoCity for a meet-and-greet session with their fans.

Lawrence and Sharon checking out the TVB exhibition
Lawrence and Sharon checking out the TVB exhibition
09 Jul 2015

Lawrence and Sharon checking out the TVB exhibition

The TVB stars at the meet-and-greet
The TVB stars at the meet-and-greet
09 Jul 2015

The TVB stars at the meet-and-greet

Ruco takes a
Ruco takes a "wefie" on stage with his fellow TVB stars and a lucky fan
09 Jul 2015

Ruco takes a "wefie" on stage with his fellow TVB stars and a lucky fan


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