'I didn't dare confide'

Behind the clown, a fatal frown

Veteran actor Chen Tianwen was recently seen on the big screen in comedy The Lion Men 2.

But just a few years ago, the 51-year-old was going through a minor crisis in his career.

He revealed: "There was one year in which I was offered only one TV show to act in, and it was for a bit role. I felt down and cooped myself up at home.

"I watched a lot of TV and surfed the Net to pass time.

"As I am a public figure, I didn't dare to confide in too many people. It's worse if I poured my heart out to the wrong friends, who might say worse things and make me feel more depressed."

Luckily for Chen, his role as a retrenched father in Anthony Chen's award-winning movie Ilo Ilo (2013) last year turned his life around.

Not only did he start bagging more roles, but he also got married a few months ago.

He said: "Having a companion to talk to makes me feel a lot better, as I no longer have to deal with the problems myself."