TVB’s new series "Jewel’s Splendor" was filming a scene yesterday in Yau Ma Tei market yesterday, where Gigi Lai and Maggie Shiu were buying fish. The shoot was due to start at 2pm and Maggie arrived on time, but Gigi was half an hour late and kept Maggie and the crew waiting around for her. Maggie waited in the fish stand for about an hour and some of the crew and press were so impatient that they began to lose their tempers.
Originally, the crew had asked the stall owner to hire the location for half an hour, but because Gigi arrived late, they had no choice but request the owner to let them have another half an hour. The shoot ended at around 5pm. Gigi did not seem overly rushed when she arrived, but she did explain herself to Maggie. The two ladies attracted quite a crowd to watch them film and they complimented Maggie for her beauty, but one middle-aged man muttered: "It’s only Gigi Lai, I thought it was Connie Chan."
After the shoot, Gigi openly accepted questions from the press and asked why she was late, she said a little unhappily: "I had a shoot in the early hours of the morning already, how could I have been late?" She says that she was filming in Tuen Mun earlier in the day, but as she had to straighten her hair again for the next scene, this took time and she had been so busy that she did not even have time to go to the toilet. Asked if the schedulers had made an error, she says it has always been like that and they had already given her a time slot to fix her hair. When the press mentioned that the crew and stall owner was getting impatient, she said: "Really! There was nothing I could do. You will have to ask the director and producer about the timing problems." As for making Maggie wait, Gigi says that Maggie understands the reason behind it.
There have been rumours recently that as this film is being filmed in HD, then Gigi has had to reapply her make-up five times in an hour. She says that the director’s requirements are quite strict due to the HD filming and to ensure there are no blemishes on her face, then even if she does not reapply the make-up herself, then the make-up artist will do it for her. However, she has not had to have any special skincare regime and the less make-up she wears the better because she would like her face on the screen to be as close to reality as possible. She does have to cover the bags under her eyes though.
As for the man who was expecting Connie Chan and was disappointed when he saw her, Gigi smiles: "Well, Connie is much greater than me. The housewives in this area must all be Connie Chan fans!" Maggie Shiu seemed worried about press questions about the reports suggesting she has been ‘without love’ for eight years and rushed off after the shoot.