When director Peter Chan was looking for an actress from China who could sing, dance and act to star in his new musical Perhaps Love, one name stood out at the top of his list – Zhou Xun.
With a background in folk dance training at the Hangzhou arts school, award-winning performances in various Chinese TV series, a best newcomer award by the Brand Ingrid Millet Paris for her role in The Little Chinese Seamstress, and a hit music record under her belt, Zhou would appear to be over-qualified for the role, and her enthusiasm for the role as the icy Sun Na was evident during a phone interview from China.
“I was very excited when I found out that Perhaps Love had a lot of singing and dancing. When I arrived on location and saw the beautiful set, I was even happier!” she enthused.
The character she plays is a drastic departure for the 27-year-old, who is better known for playing docile young women in her previous TV roles.
Zhou is no stranger to Peter Chan’s work, having watched and loved his award-winning film Comrades: Almost a Love Story.
“I loved the way he handles emotions with such detail,” she said. “On set, he is very open, and would always take suggestions from the cast and add them to the movie. It was also the first time I’d worked with a director who was so serious about the post-production that he did it all himself.
“I remember one time when we were filming a scene by the swimming pool. I was feeling very nervous and scared, so I told Peter. He advised me to take it easy and don’t be too anxious because ‘it’s just a movie’. I was no longer nervous after that,” she recalled.
She also had nothing but praise for her fellow male leads. “Jacky (Cheung) is a very humble and down-to-earth person, who is very experienced and serious about his work. I used to think I was already professionally very mature and experienced, but when I saw him in action, I realised that I had a long way to go and that there was so much more I could learn from him.”
As for Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhou described the Taiwanese heartthrob as a “very quiet person”. “He has a very low-profile and quiet personality, which is very rare among actors these days,” she said. “I also admire (Korean actor) Ji Jin-hee, because he was willing to take a risk to do a movie that is not in his mother tongue.”
Source: The Star - Malaysia