Dream life for ex-Dreamboy

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 December, 1999, 12:00am

As a former Dreamboy - a made-in-Hong Kong troupe of male strippers - Henrik Wesslen always knew there was more to life than pumping iron by day and stripping by night.

A boxer from Sweden, Henrik also had bit parts in Jackie Chan and Jean Claude van Damme movies. He says he was badly beaten up by stunt men who wanted to impress directors with their fighting techniques. But the lowest point of Henrik's career was when he was hired to dress up as the Pink Panther for an RSPCA ball.

'I hated every minute of it and I remember someone asking me to take off the top of my costume and I refused as I was so embarrassed.' Today, Henrik can afford to laugh it all off. Having started his own company distributing CDs in Europe and Asia, he is now comfortably off and happy settled with his wife of six years, Sung-yee.

He's also the owner of a new French restaurant in Wan Chai called La Grenouille (The Frog) which, apart from the food, has a wine list which Henrik says is one of the most competitive in town.

'I promise no restaurant in Hong Kong sells the kind of Bordeaux from the '80s - Lafite, Mouton, Latour - at a price that even comes close to ours,' he says.

Henrik also co-owns Phukets Thai Restaurant, Rico's, Panevino and Thai Cafe with a former Dreamboy colleague.

Henrik says he can afford to indulge in foie gras now as his stripping days are long over.

'I'm 15kg heavier than when I used to strip. But I still try to keep fit by running three times a week. I try not to get too fat but it's hard when you own restaurants and you love food.'