Edison Chen is an up-and-coming singer and actor. His first movie Gen-Y Cops, the sequel to the hit Gen-X Cops, is currently on general release. Where do you go to escape in Hong Kong? My bedroom, otherwise I drive to Stanley or Repulse Bay at night. Whom in Hong Kong do you most admire? Jackie Chan. I admire his stunts, his fighting skills and his professional attitude. He's my idol. Whom do you least admire? Bill Gates. He's selfish and seems only interested in making money, often to the detriment of other businesses. What is your most haunting experience? Seeing the ghost of an old woman in our old house in Vancouver - I was about nine at the time. My mum went to a fortune-teller who said the house's previous owner had been a woman and her ghost refused to leave. So we left instead. What inspires you? NBA basketball videos. I become energised after watching a game. I don't know why, but I tend to do better in auditions if I watch a match beforehand. What is your most unforgettable moment? Having a large case of bombs explode in front of me when I was shooting Gen-Y Cops. The blast hadn't been very strong in the first take so I wasn't prepared for its strength in the second take, and I was thrown backwards. What do you consider to be your biggest achievement so far? My job. I think my work stabilises my life. It's something I am serious about and I love it. What makes you swear? Hip-hop music - when I sing along with it. When was the last time you lost your temper? When I was recording Dessert, the last Cantonese song on my album. I couldn't get it right. If I hadn't had to pay for the studio I would have blown the place up. It took me about 30 hours to get the tune, the beat and the pronunciation as they should be. What was your childhood dream? When I was about five, I wanted to be the cartoon superhero He-Man. As I got older I wanted to become a professional NBA basketball player, but I wasn't good enough to play top-level games. Then I decided to become a musician. What is your favourite saying? 'Wudup' for hi, and 'fat' or 'dope' for something great - hip-hop speak. What do you love about Hong Kong after you've been away? City life. I like Hong Kong's compact size, and prefer it to somewhere like Los Angeles where everything is spread out. My favourite cities are New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. What do you hate most after you've been away? Indifference. Hong Kong's sales assistants, for example, have expressionless faces and don't care about their customers. What is your best virtue? Generosity. I also like making people happy because it makes me happy. What has been your biggest mistake? I have only recently started building firm connections with my family. We used to have a bad relationship, because I was never at home and we had clashes of interest and culture. The situation is better now. What would you like to be reincarnated as? Michael Jordan - I believe he is a very happy man. He has a satisfying career and a wife he loves deeply - not to mention an income of more than US$30 million (HK$233 million) a year. What are your plans for the future? To have singing lessons in the United States, and to expand into Japan and the US. I'd also like to start a hip-hop trend in Hong Kong. Give us some wisdom ... Don't settle for less, ask for more.