Sunday, September 15, 2013
When you type "Au Yeung Jan Wah" (Bobby Au Yeung) into the Google search field, you get "Kwan Wing Ho" (Esther Kwan) attached to it. Clearly, Bobby and Esther are the best partners in the audience' heart. The audience waited 12 years before they were able to see this pair star in TVB series Always and Ever. The audience enjoy watching, laughing in front of the TV every night. Bobby frankly expressed he had to do the go-between in order to convince Esther to make this comeback. He had to first ask her husband Nick Cheung and swear to him that there won't be any kiss scenes.
Close Collaborations, No Fear of Rumors
Esther: 12 years later, I collaborate with you again in Always and Ever. It feels no different from before, we get through the series filming with much laughter.
Bobby: Not many people can do it. Some people rather go dating than film a series or others would go dating and not shoot a movie. It is very rare that we can still be best partners after so many years and even won awards.
Esther: We got the "Best Comedic Bickering Pair" award back in Taming of the Princess! But after that award, we didn't get another one.
Bobby: That time when I collaborated with you in our first series Taming of the Princess, we weren't as close as we are now, but it was still easy to communicate. We got an award on our first series.
Esther: There wasn't that many pairings that time. Well its comfortable shooting series with Bobby, there is no need to avoid or worry about rumors.
Bobby: I already swore to Nick Cheung there wouldn't be kiss scenes! Hahaha.
Esther: We as a couple don't need kiss scenes, it was like that all along.
Bobby: Leave that for the youngsters. We didn't have it in ancient dramas or in Armed Reaction. There was just one in A Recipe from the Heart, but it was a funny one. We were kissing while speaking our lines.
Esther: That scene was so exaggerated, very funny. Comedy came first in the supposed kiss scene.
Both Married, Avoid Intimate Scenes
Bobby: Actually I really oppose to kiss scenes because there are some angles I don't look good in. Nick looks good in kiss scenes! His nose is high and his face is thinner. My nose is flat and my face is round. It looks like you're kissing a fried dough cake ('ham jin beng'). Haha.
Esther: Don't need to use these things to attract the audience.
Bobby: After all, we're both married. The audience might find it strange to see us kiss and they know we're so close, we rather use expressions and actions to convey [the feelings]. Don't necessarily need kisses to convey the feeling. The housewives say: "You're married! Still doing those scenes!" Actually kiss scenes are difficult to shoot! Just like in Armed Reaction 3, the script said Ada Choi and I have a passionate kiss, I said why don't we just change it to a kiss on the forehead or the cheek. Ada said that was fine too. It doesn't necessarily have to be a kiss, see what the impression audience have on you.
Esther: Then who have you kissed in TVB?
Bobby: Eileen Yeow, did CPR on Joyce Koi and the one with Yoyo Mung was most intense! That scene was filmed at night near a bar, many people were watching. I was so nervous. I'm really afraid of shooting these scenes, kept on drinking water and chewing gum. That time Yoyo wasn't in a relationship yet, she asked me: "Are you really nervous? Keep drinking water and chewing gum." I said there are so many people watching, how can I kiss you! She asked me to give it a try first and when the cameras actually start rolling, I'll be calmer. I said good idea, then we gave it a try. That scene was very intense, we went up against the wall and rolled around. After trying, I really wasn't as afraid! Well, the scenes with you aren't as open, very implicit.
One Active, The Other Quiet
Bobby: This time you made a comeback in Always and Ever, I was just there to add the momentum and you can satisfy your craving for acting.
Esther: Well you were an important factor too.
Bobby: I really do respect Nick, I asked him first before I asked you.
Esther: Well, a partner you don't really have to communicate with, there isn't much to worry about. Basically its no problem at all, but then still got to see the script too.
Bobby: Shooting one series after such a long period, of course there has to be the right timing, arrangements and enjoyment! So, she sits there quietly everyday at work, Ram Chiang asked me, why am I able to withstand Esther?
Esther: What! That day when I gave Ram Chiang a ride, he asked me why am I able to withstand Bobby?
Bobby: What? Am I that difficult to deal with? Ram said only I could make you laugh.
Esther: I just don't talk much.
Bobby: Even if you do, its very short! Yes, Oh, Mm. Hahaha.
Esther: Only you can just keep on talking and talking. You make jokes, you gossip, you can just talk about anything. Sometimes you even bash people, some times you're very funny and other times you can get inciting.
Bobby: Friends should talk more.
Esther: I'm just a person you can trust, I don't go around telling others what you told me. Actually I kinda do miss the life of filming series. The whole crew is filled with laughter, but then can get serious when its actually time to start filming. Acting is so much fun, but having to wait in between filming is no fun. This time, I try to enjoy myself during the wait times, perhaps there's not many chances to wait anymore.
Bobby: It was just waiting on me for 10+ days. (referring to Bobby's ICU incident)
Esther: There wasn't many lead actors that had something like that happened to them like you did, haha! At the time I was very worried. When I got to the hospital and saw you trying to sneak to eat the Hainanese chicken rice, and kept telling jokes, I knew you were fine. Then later back at work, you were much more cautious. Once you started working again, you were back to how you were before.
Bobby: Yup, constantly NGing! The camera man said I maintained my standard, haha.
Esther: You were already NG constantly back during Taming of the Princess.
Bobby: NGs are normal, people aren't photocopiers.
Esther: You just want to add to the dialogue.
Bobby: Didn't you said after I discharged from the hospital, my mouth is worse than before?
Esther: That proves you are fine. Its better than you being foolish, that would be even scarier!
Joking Around and Bickering Doesn't Hurt Their Relationship
Esther: Actually this time in Always and Ever, it was quite difficult portraying three different characters. Had to concentrate life's highest peak all in some 10 episodes. Life and death going up and down is quite tiring!
Bobby: I told friends you had beautiful crying scenes, never seen a crying actress with so much in their eyes and on their face.
Esther: When we got to the last few episodes, practically every scene had crying in it!
Bobby: Watching that scene again where you grabbed my hand and tried to wake me up, I actually did fall asleep. Hahah!
Esther: It doesn't matter if you were asleep, but you were snoring and basically disturbed me while I was saying my lines.
Bobby: Do you want to film another series? You could do a light police themed series. I don't have to be in it, you still have a lot of choices.
Esther: Have to see the script. Well partnering with you, I will definitely get thinner.
Bobby: My duty is to make you cheerful and carefree at work. Haha.
TV Queen Turned to "Serving"
Esther is a quiet person who doesn't talk much, but Bobby ultimately has a way to make her laugh. Such as, when taking pictures Bobby saw a silver horse statue at the restaurant and immediately brought it to Esther: "Nick got the Golden Horse Award, take this Silver Horse back with you too!" This made Esther laugh out loud.
When speaking of this year's TVB TV Queen award, Esther was infected by the humorous Bobby. She joked: "I'm already a 'TV Queen' (si hau), at home I have to 'si hau' (serve) my daughter and 'si hau' (serve) my husband." Esther's comment made everyone laugh nonstop. Good friends complement the longs and shorts, together they are the best partners.
Source: Oriental Daily
Translated by: aZnangel @ AsianEU Forum