Hongkong actor Moses Chan has built a happy home with former TVB star Aimee Chan. The couple have three children, Aiden Joshua, seven, Nathan Lucas, five, and Camilla, four. He is also one of Hongkong's most well-loved stars, having acted in some of TVB's biggest and most popular hits.
However, the 49-year-old admitted in a recent interview that his life wasn’t always this rosy. When he was a 20-year-old university student, Moses was cast as a model for an Esprit campaign. That led him to give up his education in favour of a career in modelling. He eventually made the transition to acting but would only get his first acting job when he was 26. At that time, he was still hanging out with his buddies from his modelling days and they would go clubbing at least five times a week.
“One day, I realised that I was wasting my time, and that I had to do something [useful] with my life. I turned myself around, never stepped into clubs again and worked hard [at my job],” he said.
The actor then chuckled before saying, “[Although I went clubbing often], I’d always go back home alone. I was never completely drunk and I spent my time dancing [in the clubs]. I wasn’t good at chasing girls (…) but it was only later that I realised that this lifestyle wasn’t for me.”
Although modelling earned “quite a bit of money”, his savings quickly dried up when he became an actor because he didn't get cast in anything.
“I wasn’t popular in the acting scene. There were times when I was jobless for up to a year, and had no income at all,” the actor revealed. “How I got by was to use one credit card to cover for another card’s bills. I was in about HK$100K (S$17.8K) in credit card debt, but I just didn’t [want to] ask my family to help me.”
Thankfully, Moses bounced back from that in spectacular fashion.