Carina Lau admits challenge in filming drama series

10 Jan – It has been 12 years since she last starred in a television drama, which is why, as Carina Lau recently confessed, it was challenging for her to return to the platform for her new drama, "Eighteen Springs".

As reported on Epoch Times, the actress who plays the antagonist Gu Manlu in the latest adaptation of Eileen Chang's novel, "Half a Lifelong Romance", shared that shooting a television drama is way more work than doing movies, especially since she has more lines to memorise, and filming takes more time than a big screen project.

Carina shared that that was also the reason why her husband Tony Leung no longer does small screen dramas.

"A lot of people offer him television projects, but he said no, because he can't memorise too many lines," she said.

As to why she decided to take on the project, Carina said that she has always been a fan of Eileen Chang and finds Gu Manlu an interesting character.

"The studio was also very sincere, so I decided to challenge myself by playing the character," she said.

When asked what she thinks of the 2003 version, "Affair of Half a Lifetime" starring Ruby Lin and Jiang Qinqin, Carina said, "I don't want to compare the two versions. I believe that the new version will give viewers a different kind of experience."

As to working with Jiang Xin, who plays the lead as Gu Manzhen, Carina said that she has always been a fan of the actress after watching Jiang's performance as the evil Consort Hua in the hit period drama, "The Legend of Zhen Huan".

(Photo source: Carina Lau Instagram)