Singer-actress Sammi Cheng Sau-man has overcome her fear of filming after suffering depression triggered by a tragic movie role. The 35-year-old Canto-pop queen said she wouldn't even mind reprising director Stanley Kwan Kam-pang's Everlasting Regret, the film that led to her stumble two years ago. 'I am not afraid any more. If you asked me two years ago, I wouldn't have been ready. But I'm now up for any challenge,' she said. Cheng (left) struggled in her 2005 role as tragic Shanghainese beauty Wang Qiyao in Everlasting Regret, opposite Tony Leung Ka-fai and Daniel Wu Yin-cho. Pressure over the role reportedly made her miserable, and the break-up of her long-time relationship with singer Andy Hui Chi-on aggravated matters. Although her music career was secure, Cheng took a year off to travel around India, write journals and paint. Cheng said there was nothing and no one to blame for her difficulties but herself. 'I was my own problem,' she said. 'The only person who can influence my life is myself; it has nothing to do with the surroundings.' But she pulled herself together, found religion and is now back on a hectic schedule of concert performances, movie projects and publicity rounds. Cheng said she was comfortable back in her busy lifestyle - 'that is always part of me' - but would not be making three or four movies each year as she had in the past. 'Yes, I was thrilled to have such a satisfying career but I was a very unhappy person behind the scenes,' she said. 'It was very frustrating. At a certain stage of my career, I had to take all the opportunities that were available to me. I couldn't afford to miss a chance so I had to sacrifice my own time. But if you gain something, you lose something; you can't have it all. 'Having experienced the pressure of a rapid rise to the top, I understand it now and never want to be that Sammi again. I don't want to work at that pace any more.' Close friends and colleagues notice she is a much happier person now. And her mother welcomes the difference, she said. 'I asked my mother one day, 'Do you like the way I am now?', and she said, 'Of course'.' Cheng, who recently finished shooting a comedy by director Alan Mak Siu-fai , said she was surprised by how rusty her acting skills had become when she got back on set earlier this year. 'I didn't expect to be so nervous,' she said. 'In the first couple of days, I even had trouble remembering my lines. I was shocked at how bad I was.' But the supportive cast, including co-star, singer Eason Chan Yik-shun, and an understanding director helped. 'By the fourth day, everything seemed to fall into place again. I spoke to the director and the cast afterwards and found out they were worried for me at first; they said I was like a different person in the first three days of shooting.' In the film due for release this autumn, Cheng plays a scruffy police officer yearning for a steady relationship - a character that she shares many traits with. 'Her sloppiness, untidiness is very like me, and she is my age, unmarried and wants to get married,' she said. 'I'm looking forward to getting married, too, especially since I'm at the right age now.' Would she say yes immediately if she found the right person? Cheng was quick to reply: 'Yes, yes, yes.' She wouldn't hesitate even if marriage clashed with her career plans, she said. 'I would still say yes. If you asked the old Sammi, she would choose her career over love. But I won't [do that] now.'