TVB’s new series "The Entire City Dances" held its Studio blessing ceremony yesterday and cast members including Steven Ma, Kate Tsui and Bernice Liu, who is still unwell arrived on time, but Fala Chen did not arrive until after the ceremony and she was only making her offerings whilst everyone else was already eating the roast pork,
Talking of her lateness, Fala seemed unapologetic and indicated that she knew the event started at half past three, but said: "I was just a little late. The traffic was very bad before and there were two dustcarts in the way. I had already left early." She then changed the subject, saying that she had been unwell earlier and has lost a little weight, probably due to the change in weather, but she has not been as bad as Bernice. Asked if she was afraid that she would be infected by Bernice, she says: "No, but I will be careful when I see her." Fala adds that filming for this series has been very hard work and as her dancing costume is quite close fitting, she has suffered some abrasion to her collarbone and she has blisters on her feet.
Bernice was still very hoarse yesterday and she says that she was suffering from fever again the night before and the producer had given her a day off to rest. She says that she has been ill for three weeks already and has paid three visits to the hospital in a week. As the Western medication is too strong for her, she has now started taking Chinese Herbal Medicine. She says that this series has been extremely hard work due to the dance rehearsals and it is even harder than filming an ancient series. Take yesterday, she was due to film 14 scenes and asked if she is able to do her kissing scenes with her flu, she says: "I have already filmed it with Steven after my first trip to hospital. He seemed to be fine, but he did cough a little afterwards. (Have you infected him?) No, he is fine because he has good foundations."
Steven indicates that with so many co-stars falling ill, he has been fortunate that he is still in good health. However, since his eye injury, he has been taking Chinese medicine and this has helped him build a strong body and defences. Asked if he will be recommending it to Bernice, Steven says he has not because her body is different. When he found out about the kiss scene with Bernice, Steven had taken precautions such as taking Vitamin C tablets and preparing toothpaste and a toothbrush. He didn’t use it in the end though because he feels he does not have bad breath.
Since his injury to his eye, Steven says that he is still having problems focussing and he cannot look upwards with his eye, so his doctors are worried that he retina may have become detached. He has asked Mannor Chan and Bernice for advice because they have both experienced retina problems before. Steven says: "Some people think that this is nothing and some colleagues have questioned the severity and I think ‘why don’t you try it and see?’!! They don’t know about the internal injury and side effects that I am suffering from." Steven feels his dancing is getting better as the show progresses and he has received praises from the instructor. He adds: "I will be going on tour with Joyce Koi later and I had planned to just sing, but now I can perform a dance as well."