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Busy star makes time for charity

CARINA Lau, the acclaimed Hong Kong actress, visited Shanghai last weekend to attend a charity auction held by the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation.

Wearing a blue-and-green qipao with peacock patterns that enhanced her graceful looks, she talked about her motives in supporting charity and her recent film acting.

Born in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, she moved to Hong Kong at age 15 with her family, and joined Hong Kong TVB acting classes afterward.

She has played many impressive roles in lots of films, including works by international award-winning director Wong Kar-wai.

Wong was also the director of her wedding ceremony last year with Hong Kong actor Tony Leung, marking a unique milestone in their 20-year relationship.

Lau is currently busy with her three new films -- all of which are being helmed by renowned directors: Stanley Kwan's "Energy Behind the Heart," Hark Tsui's "Detective Dee" and Jiang Wen's "Let the Bullets Fly."

Q: Why did you choose to attend the function held by Soong Ching Ling Foundation?

A: I don't usually choose activities because I am willing to do as much as I can.

The leaders of the foundation are my good friends and I know that the charity's activity has been running for years.

It's a pity that I was too busy to make it in previous years but I'm happy that I'm able to support the event here today.

Q: Would you please share your thoughts about charity with us?

A: To be honest, I don't know much about charity but I am learning how to do it.

Tony Leung and I also founded TLC (Tender Loving Care) Charity to help as many people as possible, and I am learning from many other charitable foundations, such as Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and One Foundation by Jet Li.

My personal strength is rather limited, but I hope to influence people with my ability to promote mutual love and help. I bear the gratitude to do as much as possible as we have already obtained a lot from society and it's time for us to pay back.

Q: Why did the film "Let the Bullets Fly" interest you?

A: I think it is "fate" that brought me and the film together. I read the script and I really liked it. It is also a rare chance to cooperate with Jiang Wen, the talented director and actor, and Ge You, one of the country's best actors.

Q: Is there anything interesting that happened with Jiang and Ge during filming?

A: Wow, there was a lot. Both of them have charismatic and attractive personalities, though they are of quite different style.

I have lots of communication with Ge and it is very funny to chat and dine with him.

I thought he was a serious and sober person before and didn't realize that he is actually so humorous and happy.

Q: Which of Jiang Wen's films do you like the best?

A: I have watched all of his films and he is among my favorite directors. I really appreciate his talent.

Among all his films, "Hibiscus Town," "The Sun Also Rises" and "Li Lianying: the Imperial Eunuch" are those I like the best.

Q: Having been married for a year, how do you combine family life activity with your career?

A: I think I'm doing a good job balancing my family life and career. I have plenty of time to enjoy family life.

For example I will spend my vacation and festivals with my family members. It's interesting that after I got married I became involved in more films than before.

I didn't expect that I would be in three films this year! I can't resist the impulse to accept invitations for films with roles so perfect.

I don't intentionally plan anything for my whole life. I just want to be happy and healthy every day.


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