Roxanne Tong ignores nasty talk about role

Roxanne Tong (right) is slated to replace Jacqueline Wong (left) in police procedural drama Forensic Heroes IV. PHOTO: ROXANNE TONG/ INSTAGRAM

HONG KONG • Roxanne Tong is shutting out nasty talk about her benefiting from her good friend Jacqueline Wong's misfortune.

Tong, 32, has been picked to replace Wong, 30, whose scenes in police procedural drama Forensic Heroes IV have to be reshot following Wong's hanky-panky with singer Andy Hui, 51, in a taxi.

Tong is also ignoring comments that she was not the first choice to portray the character.

Saying that it would be stupid for her, career-wise, to turn down opportunities from her TVB employer, she added that good roles are hard to come by and that "I won't concern myself" with distractions.

Forensic Heroes IV, touted as one of TVB's major productions to mark its 52nd anniversary this year, is slated to be shown in Hong Kong and mainland China in November.

The reshoot will reportedly cost $1.7 million.

According to the portal, the producers want Tong to slim down for the role, asking her to shed 4.5kg by June 1.

The actress is optimistic about hitting the target, resorting to dieting, exercise and massages.

Joking that she might be able to document her weight-loss journey in a book, Tong said, for now, there is a heavier responsibility to discharge.

She is catching up on past episodes of Forensic Heroes to prepare herself for the role.

Wong is in the United States to reportedly pursue acting and directing studies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2019, with the headline Roxanne Tong ignores nasty talk about role. Subscribe