Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong is among the greatest names within the business, however he could also be often known as one thing else fully within the subsequent few months.
The 57-year-old tells The Straits Times he’ll probably go by his father’s surname of Perry very quickly.
“There’ve been some changes in my life recently that made me think it’s time I do this,” he says in Mandarin.
“The next time you talk to me, you’ll have to call me Mr Perry.”
One cause is that he reunited together with his half-brothers from his father’s facet earlier this 12 months – a heartwarming story that made headlines across the world.
Wong, who was solely 4 when his British father deserted him and his Hong Kong Chinese mom, had felt lost as a toddler not understanding a lot about his paternal facet, in keeping with experiences.
Extensive analysis led him to the invention that he has a pair of older twin brothers named David and John Perry. The three siblings met for the primary time in Hong Kong in March.
“I’m still in touch with them regularly and we’re bonding. They suggested I get a British passport and change my family name. I think it’s a good idea. Technically, Wong was never my real name,” he says.
Wong is his mom’s surname. She died late final month of kidney failure.
He says: “I’d even transfer away from Hong Kong quickly. I needed to reside and work in Hong Kong as a result of I wished to handle my mom.
“But now that she has died, I don’t have to. It depends on what opportunities I get.”
Perhaps, extra alternatives to work overseas will come up now that he has, for the primary time, a starring position in a British tv drama.
In White Dragon, which is airing on Fox (Singtel TV Channel 330, StarHub TV Channel 505), he performs David Chen, a Hong Kong-based cop who finds out that his British spouse has a secret second marriage in England.
This is Wong’s first English-speaking position. “I used to be very stunned after I heard I acquired the position. My English will not be the perfect. I felt a bit of pressured to get the pronunciation proper.
“The language was definitely the biggest challenge for me. But doing this show was quite relaxing because there is a lot of time in between filming, not like in a Hong Kong drama,” he says.
The proven fact that his co-stars communicate fairly horrible Cantonese doesn’t hassle him. “Many of the Chinese faces on the show are not from Hong Kong – they are British. Even for the parts where I speak Cantonese, I could have made up the lines and no one would have known,” he provides.
“I don’t really mind. The show was made primarily for the British market anyway. I just try to do my own part well.”
•White Dragon airs on Fox (Singtel TV Channel 330, StarHub TV Channel 505) on Thursdays at 9pm. It can be obtainable on streaming service Fox+.