Fala Chen


Fala Chen
Fala Chen
Chinese name 陳法拉 (Traditional)
Chinese name 陈法拉 (Simplified)
Pinyin Chén Fǎlā (Mandarin)
Jyutping Can3 Faat3 Laai1 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Zhejiang, China
Origin Hong Kong
Born 24 February 1982 (1982-02-24) (age 29)
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Occupation Actress, Beauty pageant titleholder
Partner(s) Sit Sai-Hang

Fala Chen (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Chén Fǎlā, born 24 February 1982) is a Chinese-American beauty pageant titleholder. Chen has held the titles of Miss Asian America 2002 and Miss NY Chinese 2004, and placed as runner-up in Miss Chinatown USA 2003 (Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce) and Miss Chinese International 2005.

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Biography

Education

Chen was born in Chengdu, People's Republic of China, in 1982. She moved to the United States at the age of 15 in 1997. She attended Emory University in Georgia, where she majored in Marketing and International business and minored in Japanese. During her first year in college, she started entering beauty pageants. She graduated from Goizueta Business School of Emory University with a BBA degree in May, 2005.

The Road to TVB

Representing Georgia, Chen entered the Miss Asian America 2002 pageant. At the young age of 20, she took the crown on August 2002. She performed a traditional peacock dance in a golden dress for her talent. Her dance was taught by her mother.[1]

After taking the Miss Asian America crown, she entered the Miss Chinatown USA 2003 pageant. Traveling to San Francisco to compete, she took the Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce 2003 title (as 1st runner-up). The winner was Miss Honolulu, Hawaii, Darah Dung.

After participating in two Chinese pageants, she participated in the Miss Chinese International pageant. That is when she participated in the Miss NY Chinese 2004 pageant. She joined the pageant on 13 August 2004, and took the crown and three awards (Best in Costume, Best in MTV, and Miss Photogenic.) After winning, she was able to represent New York at the 2005 Miss Chinese International pageant even though she was from Georgia. It was also in 2004 that the pageant accepts delegates around the United States.

In January 2005, Chen traveled to Hong Kong to compete for the Miss Chinese International 2005 crown. On 29 January 2005, she competed at TVB City for the crown. She earned a place as first runner-up for the city of New York. The eventual winner was Leanne Li from Vancouver and the second runner up was Jessica Young from Melbourne.

Career

After a period in New York, Chen returned to Hong Kong and joined TVB. She starred in the TVB series Forensic Heroes, where she started as an accidental murderess.

She crowned the 2006 Miss Chinese International 1st runner-up, Ginney Ann from Bangkok, Thailand.

For a time, Chen was unfavored by audiences due to the dislike many people held towards the characters she played in series such as Steps, which gradually grew into a dislike for the actress herself.[citation needed] However, Chen has recently experienced success in her TVB career with her appearances in Catch Me Now and the 2008 production Moonlight Resonance. She also played a mute character to critical acclaim, earning her audiences' favor once again in the latter TV show.[citation needed]

In 2009, Chen played the main female character in Michael Tse's movie Turning Point as Michael Tse's girlfriend and Francis Ng's sister.

In 2010, Fala Chen won Best Supporting Actress for the second time. Her first was in 2007 for her role as Carmen in, Steps.

Filmography

TV series

Year Title Role TVB Anniversary Awards Notes
2006 Forensic Heroes Yung Wai
2007 The Ultimate Crime Fighter Ada
Heart of Greed Tong Chi Yan Nominated – Most Improved Actress (Top 5)
Best Selling Secrets To Bing-Bing Guest Star ep. 28
The Family Link Angela Nominated – Most Improved Actress (Top 5)
Steps Ching Ka-Man (Karmen) Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – My Favorite Female Character (Top 24)
Nominated – Most Improved Actress (Top 5)
2008 A Journey Called Life Shing Mei-Sam (Vicky)
Catch Me Now Hong Mei-Lei (Minnie)
Moonlight Resonance Gam Wing Hing (Wing) Nominated – Best Supporting Actress (Top 5)
Nominated – My Favorite Female Character (Top 5)
2009 The Stew of Life Ng Choi Nei (Charlie) Nominated – Best Supporting Actress (Top 5)
Nominated – My Favourite Female Character (Top 15)
2010 In the Eye of the Beholder Chu Ting Yuk
Ghost Writer Ling-wu Siu-tsui Nominated - Best Actress (Top 15)
Can't Buy Me Love Szeto Ngan-ping Nominated - My Favourite Female Character (Top 15)
No Regrets Lau Ching Won - Best Supporting Actress
Links to Temptation Hung Long-kiu (Jojo)
2011 Grace Under Fire Kwai Fa
Lives of Omission SIP Jodie Chau Mong-ching Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress (Top 15)
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Female Character (Top 15)

Film

Year Title Role Awards
2009 Turning Point Karen Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
2010 Black Ransom Superintendent Koo
72 Tenants of Prosperity Young Pinky / Xiu Fui Hung
2011 I Love Hong Kong Lee Kei (Nikki)
The Fortune Buddies

Awards

  • 2002: Miss Asian America 2002
  • 2003: Miss Chinatown USA 2003 1st runner up (also known as Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce 2003)
  • 2004: Miss NY Chinese 2004, (Best in MTV, Best Costume, and Miss Photogenic)
  • 2005: Miss Chinese International 2005 1st runner up
  • 2007: Best Supporting Actress (Steps as Karman)
  • 2007: Next TV Awards: Hekura Most Self-confident New Actress
  • 2008: Next TV Awards: Hekura Acting Improvement Award
  • 2008: Next TV Awards: Most Promising Female Artist
  • 2009: Next TV Awards: Hekura Stylish Female Artist
  • 2010: Next TV Awards: Top 10 Artist (No. 10)
  • 2010: Best Supporting Actress (No Regrets as Lau Ching)
  • 2011: Nest TV Awards: Top 10 Artist (No. 9)

References

External links

Awards and achievements
TVB Anniversary Awards
Preceded by
Shirley Yeung
for Always Ready
Best Supporting Actress
2007
for Steps
Succeeded by
Tavia Yeung
for Moonlight Resonance
Preceded by
Susan Tse
for Rosy Business
Best Supporting Actress
2010
for No Regrets
Succeeded by
TBD
Miss Chinese International Pageant
Preceded by
Mandy Cho
1st runner up
2005
Succeeded by
Ginney Kanchanawat

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