After seven years in the industry, Tavia Yeung has recently received high acclaim for her role in hit drama “Heart of Greed” and her acting talent has been brought to light.
TVB’s series “Heart of Greed” has some very twisting storylines that have been the talking point of the city recently as have the characters in the show. Apart from the veteran stars such as Lee Si Kei, Susanna Kwan and Ha Yu receiving praise for their performances, rising female star Tavia has also been accepted as many netizens comment on the improvements to her acting ability, allowing her to break through the young female artistes and become tipped to be the next leading lady.
In response to the good reviews for her acting, Tavia says: “I am very happy and never imagined I would receive so many compliments, because this character has an affair and drinks and smokes, so I was worried that she would not be well accepted. With such a breakthrough, it just proves that if a woman is not bad, then she will not be loved by a man.”
Low Profile – No Gossip
Tavia was a student of the 13th Artiste Training Class and after her graduation, she was immediately selected by a producer to take part in “Golden Faith” that starred Gallen Lo and Jessica Hsuan. Since then, she has had one series after another and in the series “The Awakening Story”, she forged a road for herself by playing Maggie Cheung Ho Yee’s sister. As there are some elements of similarity in their appearances, this earned her the title of ‘Maggie Lookalike’, but through her subsequent hard work, she moved out of Maggie’s shadow and found her own tranche. In seven years, Tavia has filmed over 40 series and among all her roles, her favourite was Tam Chu Mei in “Dicey Business”: “The character was one where I had to pack my bust to portray a 36D and also had to give her a speech impediment, so it was a breakthrough and a challenge.”
Since entering the industry, Tavia has kept a low profile and has rarely had any rumours or gossip. Although this is a disadvantage for her popularity, but she does not lose out on acting talent at all. In 2004, she took the TVB anniversary award for “Most Improved Female” for her role in “Vigilante Force”, so no wonder she has been the subject of promotion by the company.
Sudden Change in Figure – Sexy Object
Since her appearance, Tavia has always portrayed an image of being very innocent and simple, like the girl next door, wearing very conservative clothes in front of the camera and giving a tomboyish look. Only after playing the sexy object in “Dicey Business” did she wave goodbye to her tomboy image, becoming more feminine and more sexy and giving everyone a fresh surprise. Recently she has become spokemodel for slimming and breast enhancement companies, often taking part in sexy promotional shows or shooting ads. Having sucessfully changed her image, Tavia says: “In showbiz you cannot stay the same all the time, but accepting a sexier image does not mean that I am sexually promiscuous. I do not want to go to down the sexy route, I just want to extend my range of images and not limit myself to the girl next door.”
Changing Roles – Polishing Acting Skills
2001 – The Awakening Story
Fresh on the scene, Tavia worked with leading lady Maggie Cheung as her younger sister Suen Hing Yan. Although she did not have much screentime, her resemblance to Maggie earned her the nickname of ‘Maggie Lookalike’ and she became noticed.
2003 – Whatever it Takes
Leading lady Tavia plays Mo Yung Suet, who is both intelligent and beautiful, but very stubborn. She falls for Evergreen Mak and gives her life for him in the end. As her ancient costume image is beautiful, she becomes target to be selected for many other ancient dramas in the future.
2003 – Vigilante Force
Although the series is led by Bowie Lam, Benny Chan and Kenix Kwok, with Tavia in a supporting role, her character as an unmarried mother Kelly Wan and her hugely fluctuating moods gave her a lot of screentime and won her the award for “Most Improved Female” as her skills became recognised.
2005 – The Academy
The series was based on police cadets, but Tavia’s character was from a family of conmen. She had plenty of romance scenes with cadet Ron Ng, including some passionate kiss scenes that were picked out as real kisses full of emotion.
2006 – Dicey Business
The storyline was about the battles between Bobby Au Yeung and Michael Miu, but Tavia’s role of Tam Chu Mei was particularly eyecatching and she had to put in some fake breasts for her role. With the character being greedy and amusing, she broke through her image of being a good girl and the fresh image broke the mould.
Praises from Seniors – Crying on Cue
Tavia worked with many veteran actors in “Heart”, so what do they have to say about her?
Lee Si Kei: Tavia is very smart, her acting is very regulated, especially when she is in an emotional scene, when she becomes very absorbed, crying on cue and very skilful! Her obstinate character is very convincing and she is really very good.
Susanna Kwan: She is a good girl! Her acting is very professional and the deepest impression for me was when she was crying, she would do it exactly when needed and it was like turning on a tap, she could control it so well. Also her crying look is not ugly at all.