Anyone can be a victim of circumstances.
And an actor’s no different.
Due to a decrease in income, which was caused by a drought in acting jobs.
Actor Peter Yu Went Back to Becoming a Property Agent As Acting Jobs Dry Up Due to COVID-19
In an exclusive interview with the Chinese newspaper, Yu revealed that his income has drained with a lack of acting jobs.
This, coupled with the encouragement of his wife, has led him to take up his old post: a property agent.
It was also made possible by the fact that he renews his license every year, despite being out of the game for nine years.
“I’ve actually not been a property agent for nine years, but I renew my licence every year,” he said.
Such a prolonged absence, however, would naturally take a rusty toll on anyone, and it seems that Yu is slowly getting back on his ‘feet’ by making himself his first client.
The 52-year-old is reportedly selling his current three-room flat to make space for a four-room apartment.
“The kids are growing up and they need more space,” he laughed.
But one should not be mistaken. Though Yu has returned to his former profession, he’s by no means giving up on his current one even if it means managing his own career.
“Anyone in the local industry who wants to find me for filming engagements can easily do so. Therefore I don’t need a manager,” he explained.
He does concede, however, that there are aspects of negotiations which could be better handled by a manager, such as remuneration.
Expanding His Acting Career Overseas
To that end, Yu has expressed interest in branching out his acting career overseas, if there are companies willing to help him do so.
However, asking his daughter Eleanor Lee for help seems to be out of the question for now.
“I seldom contact her privately, unless it’s something important,” he said.
With that said, he has conveyed his interest in working with her one day.
According to an earlier report by AsiaOne, Yu parted ways with his ex-wife Quan Yi Fong and 19-year-old daughter Eleanor Lee on amicable terms.
They also decided not to keep in contact after that.
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Life After The Divorce
Yu has acted in numerous award-winning television series since the early nineties, cultivating an image as a hotshot actor with real range and versatility.
After his 10-year marriage with television host Quan Yi Fong fell apart in 2008, however, he lapsed into depression and got addicted to gambling, amassing a debt of more than $100,000.
He also left showbiz to start a business, which failed.
In 2016, he made a comeback in drama series Hero, which was a drama that reportedly took inspiration from Yu’s own life story.
Just last year, he starred in A Land Imagined, a local indie film which swept awards across the board, including a Golden Leopard (the highest honours) at the Locarno International Film Festival and the Best Film award at the Silver Screen Awards.
Meanwhile, his daughter Eleanor Lee is a rising star in Chinese showbiz, having already acted in numerous Mandarin productions.
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