At the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2017 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 25, Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) won My Favorite TVB Actress (also known as Malaysia’s TV Queen) for her performance in My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人>, making it her first leading actress award since 1999. This puts Jessica in the race for the anticipated TV Queen award in the upcoming TVB Anniversary Awards, which will be held in January 2018.
Having starred in two well-known dramas this year, Jessica’s asking price soared, and she earned over seven figures this year from endorsement and appearance jobs alone. Reportedly, the effects of Jessica’s win were immediate, and the actress’ asking price would continue to rise.
In a quick interview with the press after coming back to Hong Kong from Malaysia, Jessica was asked if got a raise. “I already got a raise before,” she said with a laugh. “This is my first time working with [my new manager] Ronnie, and he has helped me adjust [the price] a bit. Actors like us have seafood prices.”
Asking Jessica if she would be willing to sign or renew a contract for an award, she immediately said, “I would not do that. If you give the award to me, I’ll be happy, but if you don’t, I’ll be fine. I’ll just continue to work. There’s no point of doing something like that. The award would lose its meaning and I also won’t be happy if I win it.”
Would Jessica be celebrating her win with fellow cast members? “No time!” she said. “I have to fly back to Hengdian tomorrow to film another drama. Right now I need to run to the supermarket to buy my necessities!”
In related news, Jessica’s co-star in Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者2>, Michael Miu (苗僑偉), won My Favorite TVB Actor for his performance on the show. It was Michael’s first TV King Award in his four-decade career.