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Grace Chan

Grace Chan

Actress

What’s one thing not a lot of people know about you?
I have a twin brother named Derek and he’s an amazing and wonderful human being. We’re fraternal twins — we don’t really look alike and we don’t know what each other is thinking, despite the common belief that twins do. However, I feel like he’s the one person who’ll always have my back, understand my emotions and, no matter what, motivate me to stay true to who I am.

Did you always want to be an actress?
I never knew I’d end up being where I am today. Growing up, I imagined myself being a teacher, a journalist and even a flight attendant … but actress? No way! But when you allow life to take its course, you might achieve something bigger than you ever dreamed of.

What was your first big break?
Entering the Miss Hong Kong pageant was probably one of my most terrifying, yet most rewarding, experiences. As a kid, I grew up watching the pageant, so for me to participate in it was completely surreal. I’m really happy I went with my gut and did it, otherwise I’d end up spending the rest of my life wondering “what if”?

What was the biggest challenge in your career?
In the beginning, when I appeared on screen I received so much criticism about my acting — or overacting — and felt like the whole world was against me. It was very defeating … I can’t even count the number of times I wanted to throw in the towel and give up. Fortunately, I had some very encouraging friends who told me to push through, as well as having the most unbelievable support system in my family. Even though there’s still much to learn and improve on, I’m happy I soldiered on.

Who inspires you and why?
This is such a cliché, but I look up to my mum first and foremost. She’s probably the most loving person I’ll ever meet. I can’t recall a time when she wasn’t there for me. Aside from believing in me, my mum doesn’t offer “blind” support, but rather wants me to grow and learn through trials and experiences in my life. She’s made me who I am today, which I hope is a humble, genuine and kind person.

What does it take to succeed in your line of work?
Humility, first and foremost. It’s our responsibility to try our best at being good at what we do, so when we succeed, our first reaction shouldn’t be overconfidence or conceit, but to be humble. It’s also our responsibility to set a good example to those around us. Wouldn’t the workplace be a much kinder and more forgiving place if we were all modest, gentle and doing our best in every way possible?

What are you most proud of?
Creating two beautiful human beings! But definitely being a mother is something I’m constantly working on improving.

What’s your advice for aspiring actresses?
Acting is a miraculous thing. There are so many ways one can choose to act and react to certain characters, situations, scenes, roles and so forth. So never stop being creative and exploring the choices you can take. Another important thing is never to let yourself stop observing the world around you.