Gillian Chung: I Ought To Be in Pictures! (But preferably, not naughty ones, please...)

What, she wants to remind everybody about the naughty picture scandal which involved Edison Chen? Gillian Chung, you ought NOT to be in (those) pictures! Heh.

One of the biggest Hong Kong female stars sidelined by the Edison Chen sex photos scandal made her stage debut Thursday, giving her first performance since launching her comeback five months ago.

Gillian Chung from the popular female duo Twins starred in a Cantonese production of the Neil Simon comedy "I Ought to Be in Pictures" financed by her management company, performing to a near-capacity audience at a 1,200-seat theater at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

The 28-year-old actress-singer said she valued the experience of playing an aspiring actress who reconnects with her estranged screenwriter father.

"I've really learned a lot since I started rehearsing," she said after the first of five performances late Thursday.

Chung's co-stars, veteran Hong Kong stage actors Chen Shu-yi and Shaw Mei-kwan, praised her debut.

"She was working very hard during rehearsals. She's improved a lot," Shaw said.

"When I performed on stage for the first time, I was lost after I finished. She knew what she was doing. That's a great start," Chen said.

Chung and seven other female Hong Kong stars were seen performing sex acts with Chinese-Canadian actor-singer Edison Chen in photos that were leaked onto the Internet early last year, causing a huge uproar in the socially conservative Chinese-speaking community. A Hong Kong computer technician was sentenced to 8 1/2 months in jail in May for copying the photos from Chen's laptop.

Chung launched her comeback in March by endorsing a jeans line.

From Yahoo! News, "HK actress in sex photos scandal makes stage debut".

PS. I Ought to Be in Pictures is a play by Neil Simon.


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