With Hongkong’s entertainment industry in dire straits no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those in showbiz have found their jobs and incomes severely affected, with some needing to rely on monetary aid to get by. At one point, actress Nancy Wu was even speculated to be delivering food as a side hustle, although she later denied this.
The public clearly has a fascination with stars taking on ‘regular’ jobs ‘cos new rumours have popped up about another thesp being forced to find an alternative way to earn some cash. Recently, a clip of veteran Hongkong actor Liu Kai-Chi (also known as Dick Liu) working as a street vendor went viral on Weibo and Douyin, with many accounts claiming that he is struggling financially due to the lack of filming projects and had to resort to selling clothes to make a living. Chinese media outlets even ran dramatic reports on how Kai-Chi is now living an “impoverished and difficult life”.