In The Entertainment Industry these days …
There is no shortage of good-looking and talented people who have parlayed their names into social media fame. And only a few can come into the industry and make as much of a splash as Malaysian born actor Lawrence Wong, who has #stayahead and proven his incredible versatility gathered over the years.
This is especially evident when he took the challenge to build a career in the China in 2016, Lawrence had also crafted a new quantum leap for himself. Despite the new environment and market demands, his relentless pursuit to create new heights served him well in subsequence appearance in both TV and film.
Within two years, this high achieving individual has managed to #stayahead amongst many local talents. And this is especially evident when he charmed viewers through his role as Hai Lan Cha in the popular 2018 Chinese drama Story Of Yanxi Palace. With the massive success on screen and a rapidly growing fan base in Asia, he is scheduled to appear in two more Chinese drama series this year, namely Love and Passion, and One Boat, One World, which he secured the lead role.
That being said, the cherry on the cake was when Lawrence’s versatile talent was recognized by Montblanc Malaysia, thus leading his recent appointment as the Friend of the Brand. Of course, his new role is with merits. His infectious spirit that permeates every aspect of his life stands closely in line with the lifestyle values of Montblanc—to have continuous exploration in pushing the boundaries to reach out for new adventures. In this exclusive photo shoot in Los Angeles with The Laterals, Lawrence powers through with the latest edition of Montblanc’s signature smartwatch Summit 2.
“Always hone your craft and keep improving. Expose yourself to different genres of acting and never stop absorbing whatever that can help you be better in what you are doing.”
Lawrence Wong — MONTBLANC FRIEND OF THE BRAND
Can you talk a little bit about your experiences in Malaysia and Singapore before you decide to move to China?
I had my good times and I had my not-so-good times but they all ultimately prepared me for what’s to come when I moved to china.
What made you decide to take that leap of faith to venture into the China market? Do you have any stories of an unexpected meeting that changed your career for good?
It’s always been my mantra to consistently challenge myself in order to grow. I always knew deep down that I can do more and achieve more. And all I need to do is to believe and prepare myself as best as I can so that when opportunities come, I won’t waste them. In this case, I met my current bosses and team in Singapore when they came for a shoot. We hit it off immediately and they asked if I will be interested in the China market, and of course I said yes.
What were the challenges faced initially in China and has anything surprised you?
I guess it’s getting used to the environment but it’s not really a challenge for me as my adaptability is quite high. Perhaps it’s getting a head start and getting my first role as competition is very tough over here (in China).
What are you most optimistic about in the future of industry? And what role do you have in contributing to that?
That entertainment will always exist and will never die off no matter what forms it will evolve to. Knowing that my movies, my series and my music will always have a footprint in the industry permanently, even after I die, is pretty amazing if you think about it.
Apart from that, you played the lead role in One Boat, One World. What do you love about it and in what way is it different than your previous roles?
I love that it’s a very complex character. He comes from a poor background, trying to make his mark in a big cruise company and he undergoes a lot of changes throughout the entire show. In a way, I think a lot of audiences will be able to relate to the character. And this character is also very different from Hai Lan Cha, who is bubblier and cuter.
As an actor, what’s your least favorite thing to be asked? As a person?
“What’s my favorite role to date” or “what’s the role I want to do the most”. Because there is no such one role. Every role I’ve done before is a huge part of my life and I also have many roles I haven’t done before and wish to explore.
What advice would you give to green talents who are working in the industry?
Always hone your craft and keep improving. Expose yourself to different genres of acting and never stop absorbing whatever that can help you be better in what you are doing. Know the industry well; for example, the kind of shows that are well received currently or the style of acting that audiences respond well to etc.
Who do you identify with the most in life?
My dad. In our ability to create something out of nothing and build a life for ourselves and our love ones.
What about yourself do you think resonates positively with your admirers?
Hard working, determined, kind, effortless...
Adventure is when you can ...?
Embark on something unknown.
When it comes to life, what do you appreciate the most?
That the world keeps revolving. Hence, nothing is too big or too small.
What are you most excited for the year 2019?
Well, I wouldn’t know. So, let’s see... [laughs]
What makes you #StayAhead?
Many things keeps me ahead and it can be different things at different phases of my time—it can be satisfaction from work, it can be an applause from the audiences... I am passion driven, so identifying what works for me and to focus on it during the current phase is important!
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