'I'm glad to be alive,' says Wu

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 January, 2003, 12:00am

Rising actress and model Anya Wu thought her career was over after a car crash early on Friday left her with 25 stitches in her face and temporarily blinded in her right eye.

The New York-raised star - bandaged but upbeat - spoke exclusively to SAR while under siege from paparazzi in Taiwan yesterday.

'I thought, 'Well that's it, I'm in a skin-deep industry and it's all over,'' said the 26-year old (right), who was arrested with William So Wing-hong in a Taipei ecstasy raid last June.

Her lowest moment was on the operating table after the crash. 'They took almost an hour removing glass from my face and injected me more than 20 times and I thought, 'Oh God, this is really serious. It might be all over for me and acting.' But you know, I started to realise that I didn't care. I didn't care if I was ugly or scarred. Modelling and acting are just my work, not my life. I was just glad to be alive.'

Doctors examined her yesterday and believe she will make a full recovery.

Wu had just finished shooting for the soap opera The Pink Godfather when the taxi she was travelling in was involved in a collision with another vehicle.

Wu says she will still make her Hong Kong stage debut at the Arts Centre on March 5 in David Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross.