She plays a cougar but she's really just a pussycat

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 May, 2009, 12:00am

She might have starred in a Jackie Chan film, but these days Crystal Kwok Kam-yan is a reluctant actress. The former sex talk-show host, beauty queen and now mother of two is remounting her show Pussycat Theatre until Saturday at the Fringe Club. Unable to find a suitable fiftyish actress for one of the three female leads, Kwok, writer and director, had to grudgingly volunteer herself. 'I really didn't want to do it,' she sighed. 'I had approached a couple of people. Then someone said: 'Why don't you just do it? You know the part best.' That's what happened. By default, I'm acting. But I had to rewrite the character to make it younger. It's hard playing someone so unlike me.'

Originally premiered during the City Festival in January, the cabaret-style play cheekily deals with women facing the travails of ageing. Kwok's de facto role is a man-eating cougar on the prowl for younger guys. 'The character is a bit like Sex and the City's Samantha. I don't have that sexuality. I'm struggling with it, trying to change my body language. Honestly, I'm uncomfortable with it. Ultimately, I would like to turn the project into a feature film because it would be quite funny to have a black comedy so I can graphically deal with things like plastic surgery.'

Starting tonight, production sponsor The Body Shop is donating proceeds to the Cancer Fund's breast check-up clinic. The first two nights will be performed in Cantonese and the final two in English.