Review by Media of China
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這是一篇十分專業的訪問. 國內記者做足功課, 問題精雕細琢, 而阿梅也答得誠心誠意,有深度而專業. (記者一路用"您" 稱呼阿梅, 可見阿梅在記者及內地人心中的地位.)
This is an excellent interview. The interviewer has high respect of Ah Mui and prepared her questions well, so Ah Mui has replied all her questions in details and expressed her professional opinion.
has regret (1)
Anita Mui was born in 1963 in Hong Kong. Ever since she was 5, she started singing for a living. In 1982, she won the 1st New Singer Contest, and then started career as a professional singer. Till now she has had 30 albums released, and she has won countless awards. She has also achieved great success as a movie star. She is well known for her ever changing images. This year is her 20th anniversary of her entertainment career . Being a chair-woman of the Hong Kong Association of Artist, Anita Mui always tries her best to fight for entitled rights for the artists. Her most recent plan for her career is that she will replace Gong Li to take up the role of King Tai Pan in the play of [The Last Night of King Tai Pan], which is directed by Tze Jun. . Tze Jun will change long monologue to songs so that the talent of singing and dancing of Anita Mui will be fully utilized and demonstrated in the play, and this is also a remedy for the inadequacy of Mandarin of Anita Mui.
Only because I have gone through everything, so that I can talk with you about my past with a laughter. The road in performing art is not an easy road to walk.
Many people think that it is easy to be a star. Actually there are many things they don't know. If I had a better education, I would have more choice. I won't be so sad like now, as I have no other choice.
I was too small when I started to act on the stage, I didn't finish my schooling. This is my regret.
Ever since I started my entertainment career, I knew I would have no more privacy. I am just used to it, but it doesn't mean that I am willing to be deprived of it.
I saw Anita Mui at [2002MTV-Lycra Fashion Award] presentation ceremony in Shanghai. Even though we have seen her quite often this year, but maybe she doesn't care anymore for any interviews, so in her recent public activities, no interview of her has ever been arranged. Same happened to this award presentation ceremony. Therefore I never received a reply on my request for an interview of her.
Till the afternoon of Oct 19th, I still hadn't got a confirmed reply. The staff told me, Anita Mui was not in a good mood because of the death of Roman, so she even didn't show up for the 1st rehearsal. This is very rare, as she always respects her work and especially it is a function needs cooperation with other artists. I started to worry that my request might not be appropriate. But just when other artists started walking along the star corridor in the rain, I was told that I could go to the back stage to have my interview of Anita Mui.
I was led to the room for make-up. She was in a light mood and sat right in front of me. She was professional and experienced through her long career, but she was friendly that made me feel at ease. Apparently I would not be disappointed for this interview. Of course this was not only because of her great experience and her prestigious status, it was also because of her understanding, her smile that had deciphered all happening around her, all these conveyed a message that she is rich in her life experience. My purpose wasn't to dig for great news, or let her "expose original self". I believed no matter how tactful or mature in facing reporters, whatever she was going to tell me would be of its value and full of sincerity.
So I started the interview from her recent suggestion that when artists being interviewed, they should bring along their own recorder.
"Artists should have human rights too, I'm seeking for a confirmation for this all the time."
Reporter (R): Have you your recorder with you when you are having this interview?
Anita Mui (A): (smiling) I don't bring it along all the time. I said I want to bring my recorder, it is because Hong Kong media is very sensitive. They often make untrue reports. When there are doubts about certain points, if it has been recorded, it can be verified, and then we would know who is right and who is wrong. Actually those reporters might not give false report on purpose. It is their job to write reports. So just basing on one or two words, they write something deviated entirely from what you meant. When I say I want to bring a recorder, because I don't like things to be twisted from true fact, I have to protect myself.
R: Do you think, nowadays, media has become more commercial and more entertaining?
A: Media is commercial organization too, so nothing wrong to be commercial. But should they only try to please the readers and make up stories? It is not fair to the party concerned if what they report is not the true fact. Some people work very hard, and have worked for many years, to create their present image, but it is destroyed entirely just by one article of theirs. But they have never done anything bad as described in the report.
This kind of media, which only writes the bad points of the artists, never anything positive, is this good? Does it give a good example to primary students? Why they don't write something good about the artists. Some of them try very hard, but nobody writes about it. What they like to write about? They only like to write about dating. Always makes it like improper courtship. It is very normal for dating as long as both are still single. Even when two singles are having dinner together, not even dating, they still like to write about them dating in secret. Artists are human beings too, they should have human rights too. I am seeking this confirmation all the time.
R: Is it very difficult to be a public figure nowadays?
A: Correct. There are many media people around nowadays. There were not that many before, but more positive. There was communication between the artists and the media before, but not anymore now.
R: Why this happened?
A: Nowadays both parties don't trust each other. When you make a careless comment, they will write a big article on that tomorrow. So many artists dare not say anything anymore, or they would just say something meaningless. Such kind of interview is without content, what is the use of such an interview? Actually some of the media have their own ethnics. But one of the magazine in Hong Kong started in reporting untrue stories about artists, then all others have to follow. We can't do anything to stop it.
"I am not married till now because of the media."
R: Nowadays it is a prevailing saying that the media and the public have a right to know the life of the stars. How much you can accept such a saying.
A: We should look at it from different points of view. We as artists, we know we are public figures, we are ready to stand in front of the public. This is the limit to which you have the right to know us. But if I have diarrehoea today, should I tell you too?
For example, when I am in Taiwan or some other places, when I return to the hotel, I always worry that someone is photographing me in secret. In Taiwan, there is needle type video camera. Whatever I do in the toilet, do the media and the public have a right to know? When I am in the public place, I am all ready to be photographed. But when I am at home, you still want to photograph me with tele-lens, is this too much? Home is my private place, where I can relax. I don't have to put on makeup as when I come out to meet people, but you still want to photograph. So should I take shower even with clothes on? There is a limit for what you have a right to know. I feel if whatever I do related to other people, then you might have a right to know. But if it is merely personal, then can I have my privacy?
R: During the 20 years as an artists, how much you have managed to protect your private life?
A: Ever since I stepped into the entertainment circle, I knew my fate already. But I still demand for my privacy. During work, I am ready for everything. However, when I go for holiday, I am still followed by paparazzi. They would drive people crazy. I'm used to this already, but it doesn't mean I am willing. We couldn't do anything before, because there was no such thing as privacy rights. The society is progressing, also supposedly for the better, but the new generation of artists are still suffering from this phenomenon. I feel they should have their own life.
R: Hong Kong media is very concerned about your love life. How much is your real life affected by their involvement in your life?
R: Immensely. Till now I still cannot get married, all because of them. Sometimes, when I just started to see someone, not even up to the stage of dating, as both parties had to know each other better before further development, they already started to write about it. Even though we just met for dinner as ordinary friends. They frightened the other party away, no matter he was of the same circle or not. Sometimes, when I dined with a few male friends, the reporters would not take photos for the whole group, but just two of us. After that they even went to his home, to interview his parents and then wrote about it. They put people under pressure. People dare not make friends with us, they think we, people of entertainment circle, are too troublesome. So I lost lots of opportunities because of them. I, as a female, am afraid of not getting married. After all, all females want to find a good husband and get married, marriage is the expected final destination.
A: If it goes on like this, are you afraid that you would never reach the final destination?
A: Not really afraid. (laughing) Even afraid, I got through so many years already. So I always joke with Hong Kong media: [I have to blame you. You have frightened so many good guys from me, so till now I am not married.]