Name: Joman Chiang Cho-man Born: Hong Kong Zodiac sign: Gemini Chinese zodiac: Ox Films: The Drunkard (2010), End of Love (2008), Three Narrow Gates (2008), Besieged City (2007) and Butterfly (2004) Joman is ... sort of my nickname. My Chinese name is Chiang Cho-man, so my name should be Choman. But a lot of people think Joman is my Chinese name, as in 'early night'. I love ... cats and dogs. I have nine cats and two dogs. I was more into dogs when I was growing up and never really thought I would like cats. But one day I found a cat on the street and took it home - it really looked like a dog, though. From that day on, I liked having a cat around. A lot of people ... have misconceptions about me. They think I'm really cool. But I'm really dumb [laughs]. If I'm doing something, I'll completely forget what I did a few minutes ago. I only remember what I'm currently doing. I really can't remember ... the last film I saw. It should be Hot Summer Days, I saw it on DVD. Ah, I know, Inception - that was an amazing film! I really enjoyed it. I think that's the only film I've seen this year [at the cinema]. I mostly watch DVDs. But Inception had the biggest impact on me. In secondary school we had to join ... an extra-curricular activity. I thought they were all boring, so I chose something more interesting - the drama club. My teacher wanted to teach us about casting, but she had no intention of casting us in a show. She wanted us to gain more experience. I eventually got a part in a show called Y2K+01. It was a programme where they got a whole bunch of young people to just clown around and act crazy. Before becoming a full-time actress ... I worked at a restaurant for seven years. Management was really nice to me. They let me take time off whenever I needed. I started out as a receptionist, and moved to bartending when they didn't have enough people. Then they didn't have enough waiters so I did that. Then they didn't have enough kitchen staff so I did that too! It was at Ruby Tuesday. I was really happy there. My first indie film was ... in 2002. It was a promotional film for the fifth anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China. It only showed me running up and down a flight of stairs. There were only three people in the cinema plus the director and I - and one person fell asleep. I can truly sympathise with that person. I mean, the film was basically just me running up and down a flight of stairs. I don't see myself as ... the Indie Queen of Hong Kong. People call director Vincent Tsui Wan-san the Indie King. I've been in some of his films. He said if he's the Indie King, then Joman's the Indie Queen. But I think the name has no real meaning. I've done a lot of indie films, but that doesn't necessarily mean that my work is good. I think there are not many Hong Kong actresses that do indie films. Before I saw the script for The Drunkard ... I had already read the book [by Liu Yichang]. I was a bit sceptical about playing such a character. The feeling is hard to convey on screen. I kept thinking, how is [director] Freddie Wong going to make this film? I have a stage drama coming out ... called Merry X'mas My Love [December 16-19]. It deals with the simple theme of love. I just did one called Reasons to be Pretty, which is sort of my first drama. I feel really blessed. Maybe next year I will try to do more dramas.