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Star Awards 2011

It took me a week to put this post Star Awards entry together because I needed to let the excitement settle and compose an entry that wasn’t emotionally-charged.

This year was exceptional because I’ve had the opportunity to experience a bit of what goes on behind the scenes in preparation for Star Awards. These are things that will never make it to the press, and if anything would probably surface in the form of hear-say, gossip and most likely twisted versions of the truth.

Still, I guess some things are best kept this way. Real or not, it doesn’t matter.

It was also this long and grueling period leading up to the final day, that put allies to the test and allowed me the rare opportunity to discern those with self-serving purposes from those with a true heart. I’ve found friends who don’t ask for anything in return, and would go above and beyond to help me be the best I can on my special night. I’ve gained confidantes who would give me room to grow and willingly offer whatever resources they have for me to utilise, without expectation of remuneration.

I count my blessings for the good people around me, and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.

For Show 1, I was in a white Givenchy outfit with Guiseppe Zanotti heels.

Yue Li and I

Pierre Png and I at the post-show reception.

My "date" for the night was Qi Yuwu, who is also my co-star in the upcoming 20-episode police drama C.L.I.F, which debuts end of May.

For Show 2, David Gan booked a suite where we could preen in private.

The maestro himself at work, with Kenneth Lee, my make-up artiste for the night.

Singapore-bred international designer Ashey Isham offered this couture dress from his A/W11 collection for me and I was really flattered and grateful for the opportunity to showcase his collection that has yet to make its debut in this part of the world. If you're interested, you might like to check out the 2011 Fall collection by some of the other international designers like Sarah Burton and Karl Lagerfeld. They all seem to be going for this "dark" theme in the next season.

This is Martin aka Martina Wong.

All done up and heading over to the convention center to meet with the rest.

Here we are gathered right before we got into the cars that will take us to the red carpet.

Post red carpet, pre-opening. Pictured here is Tay Ping Hui and his assistant.

This is Waithong from August Pictures, the man I thanked when I received my Best Info-Ed Programme Host award. He was the one with the vision for the programme, the one who trusted me with this show and the one who constantly reminded me to be natural and not be afraid to speak my mind when I see or feel something there. Without him and his team, the win wouldn't have been possible. Thank you!

This is Qiaojuan from August Pictures. She was the coordinator of the programme.

Nominees of the Best Actress category. (From left) Ruien, Jeanette, Joanne (me) and Liping.

I remembered Mike He (in white) as the "bad boy" in Devil Beside You, and here I am receiving the award of the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes from him.

Honestly, I didn't even notice that there was a monitor by the bottom of the stage that showed the timer counting down until much later when all the artistes were gathered on stage and the credits were rolling.

I would like to thank all the people who called in to vote for me. I really appreciate your generosity.

Qi Yuwu, who won Best Actor, was also one of the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes. We were making our way to the post-party backstage.

Dai Yang Tian and I at the post party.

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Actor vs Director/演员vs导演

Not too long ago, I posted an article written by a local journalist about how directors need to direct. Recently, our local productions have also been under fire for unoriginal content, incoherent plot, inaccurate facts and poor performances. So much has been said and clearly the problem is glaring at us defiantly. It’s not about to go away and leave us alone.

If people are losing interest in local content, it is a worrying phenomenon, not because it impacts my job, but because local content helps shape our media scene which is something unique to us. If it’s strong and vibrant, it helps puts our country on the global stage, and allows us to bask in collective pride; if it’s unworthy and disconnecting, we lose a common relation.

I feel strongly that something needs to be done to revive the passion but I don’t know where to start. What I do know though, is that it’s going to take a lot of people and a lot of effort.

What are your views?

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I have always admired Clint Eastwood as both an actor and director. He has the ability to transform ordinary stories into emotional journeys. He doesn’t milk moments to evoke sympathy, he doesn’t abuse close-ups to prove his actors’ suffering, he doesn’t need fancy cinematography to create mood and atmosphere. That is what makes a remarkable director.

If we put the acting chops aside and look at the production process, you will realise a lot of what we see, is the result of various decisions made by the director.

It is the director, not the actor, who decides whether any take is ok or not. It is the director and editor, not the actor, who finally piece the rushes together to tell a complete story. It is the director, not the actor, who decides what music and sound effects to put in, fading in and out at which point and to sustain for how long, that can complement an actor’s performance or create mood; It is the director, not the actor, who eventually decides out of so many takes for one particular action, which one to use; whether to cut an expression shorter; or what shots to include before and after a moment that can change the dynamics of the story. These decisions all impact the final product and performance of actors. Being a director is not easy because it comes with heavy responsibility.

While actors are important assets in a production, the role they play in the production process is very limited.

As such, what does an actor turned director like Clint Eastwood have to share in an interview in the latest issue of Men’s Journal (US)? I think much can be learnt from the maestro.

Excerpts from the interview can be found below.

我一直都很尊敬 Clint Eastwood,也很喜欢看他导的电影。因为他可以成功的让一个很平凡或很乏味的故事,在不煽情的情况下,感动观众,扣人心弦。

他不需要让他的演员大哭,不许运用大特写来表达演员的伤感,不需靠漫长的镜头来搞气氛,却还是能很清楚的表达主角的内心挣扎和痛苦, 我想这就是他身为导演的功力。

演员本身的演技是另一回事。毕竟在拍摄时,决定表现ok不ok的人是导演,不是演员;最后把原本拍摄时没有次序的画面拼凑成一个完整故事的人,是导演和剪辑师,不是演员;加入什么音乐和效果来配合演出也是导演的决定,不是演员;决定选用某个take,决定在某个表情的前后加入什么画面,要剪还是要保留也都轮不到演员。而这些选择都会影响故事的节奏和演员最后在银幕或电视上呈现出来的表演,所以可想而知,导演所要扛的责任如此重大。

演员在制作环节里所扮演的角色重要,但却非常有限。

以下是身为演员也身为导演的Clint Eastwood 和 Matt Damon在美国杂志“Men’s Journal” 里访问的语录。

Men's Journal November 2010 (US Edition)

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“He [Damon] knows. He instinctively knows. When he directs he’s going to be great at it. Because he understands actors, and all you have to do is have some compassion for the process.” – Clint Eastwood, predicting success for Matt Damon.

“如果 Damon 当导演,他将会很棒。他的直觉敏锐。他也了解演员,所以他只需要对过程表示同情。” - Clint Eastwood 相信 Matt Damon 会成功

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“It’s easy to fall into that trap of following what’s being made now, what people like, but if you fall into that calculus, you’re already completely fucked. You have to do something that you believe in and that you like.” — Matt Damon believes that the proper use of power is the pursuit of independence.

“我们如果跟随大众的喜爱,和目前现有的作品来决定制作的方向, 我们就惨了!你必需跟着自己的直觉,自己的喜爱。” -- Matt Damon

Clint Eastwood

“Budget-conscious Eastwood — beloved of money men, crews, and actors alike because he doesn’t squander precious time, needlessly tinker with the script, or cover his artistic ass by shooting every scene from multiple angles”

“Eastwood 精打细算,非常受到台前幕后工作人员的爱慕 -因为他不浪费时间,不无谓的修改剧本,也不会为了发挥个人的创意而多余地从每个角度取镜。”

Eastwood 说:“如果你听别人的,他们都有办法说服你放弃你原本想做的事。一直都有人这么劝我,从The Man with No Name 到 Gran Torino.”

“It’s futile to follow fashion — not because fashion is contemptible, but because it’s unpredictable.”

“跟随潮流是没用的 -不是因为潮流惹人争议,而是因为根本无法预测什么会流行。”

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“Go placidly among the noise and haste.” — Morgan Freeman summing up Clint Eastwood’s philosophy. In other words: “Do your job, help others do theirs, and then relax and let what happens happen.”

“在吵杂和仓促之余,温和地前进。” -Morgan Freeman 谈 Clint Eastwood 的哲学。其实也就是说:“做好本分,帮别人做好他们的本分,然后就放轻松,让一切该发生的发生。“

The Making of a new Me


最近为了新戏 「乐在双城」忙着改造型。这已经是我第二次上发廊。竟然需要动用到四大精英,真是让我受宠若惊。

到底是什么改变需要如此真容强大呢?

敬请期待。

In preparation for my new drama “Happiness in Twin Cities”, I had to undergo a major hair revamp. This is already the second time at the salon and I am so well taken care of by 4 extremely dedicated and professional hair experts.

What is this major transformation all about?

Haha, you will find out soon!

Star Awards 2010

I caught a bit of the re-run of Star Awards yesterday afternoon and I don’t know if it’s my ageing television or just simply the way sound is transmitted, but it did JJ Lin’s voice no justice. I’ve always been a fan of his because he’s a local singer/song writer who has displayed great talent and showmanship throughout the years.

He performed《无法克制》at the live venue, and his voice was crisp and confident even when it came to the high notes in the song. It was immaculate! But somehow on television, the power of his vocals failed to come through. In any case, he gave a flawless performance that night and I love it!

JJ Lin performing 《无法克制》on the second day of Star Awards 2010 held at Resort World Singapore, Compass Ballroom.

JJ and I at the post party!

The day of Star Awards happened to fall on my birthday (25 April), so before the whole frenzy began for hair and make-up, I had a sweet surprise backstage.

Winnie and Xing Ni quietly singing a birthday song for me.

Making my wish before cutting the "cake".

Mini-cake/Muffin. Winnie knows I'm cutting sugar so she made a really guilt-free one with no sugar! Aww...so sweet of her!

Me and my home-made "birthday" dinner. My mom cooked everything except for the chicken breast, which is my own salt-free, less oil recipe. I had chicken, egg, brown rice, vegetables and bittergourd beancurd soup. Yummy!

Oops...and everyone else was eating packed dinner provided. It's the company that matters!!

And then the frenzy began. As I was the first out on the red carpet, producers were calling and rushing everyone to standby. Ryan touching up my hair; Jeremy adjusting my outfit; Elaine finishing up with my make-up.

My fan club - Jolliteers

We stole a group photo before making our way to the ballroom. (From left to right) Belinda Lee, Priscelia Chan, Pan Ling Ling, Joanne Peh (me), Cai Peixuan, Jin Yinji, Yvonne Lim and Lin Meijiao.

The not-so-glamourous secret passageway that leads to the ballroom. Pan Ling Ling played my mom in The Little Nyonya, so I never stopped calling her mommy since then, athough Ling Ling is way too young to have me as her daughter. Still I just love her!

While we wait for the rest of our colleagues to come in after the red carpet, we decided to kill some time.

With the cast of YOUR HAND IN MINE, Zhang Yaodong (left) plays the love of my life and Shaun Chen (right) plays a baddie!

Huang Wenyong (left) and Chen Shucheng (right) are also part of YOUR HAND IN MINE.

Pierre Png plays my boyfriend in YOUR HAND IN MINE. Yes, I'm stuck between two guys, and as the drama unfolds, keep watching to see who I end up with. Weekdays, 7pm on Channel 8!

Chen Liping sporting a new haircut for her new drama. I love her image now, it's refreshingly different from her character currently in YOUR HAND IN MINE. This reminds me of Ellen Degeneres!

Some of the men that I have been paired with in dramas throughout my career. (From left to right) Tay Ping Hui, Qi Yuwu, Elvin Ng and Nat Ho.

Announcing the last position for the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award. All my colleagues congratulated me prematurely while the presenters on stage took their time to announce the last name. I was so embarrassed! What if it's not me?!?!

The final 10 of us on stage.

Chippendales – Ultimate Girls’ Night Out

I never thought I was really going to watch Chippendales!

Months ago when I read that they were coming, I was quite excited! Not because it’s a bunch of male strippers, but because it was unthinkable in the past for a group of male erotic dancers to perform in Singapore.

I remembered when I visited Las Vegas in June last year and seeing billboards of them as well as many other shows of every kind for both men and women, I wondered if what I was seeing there would eventually be made available in Singapore.

Now we have Chippendales, which is a good start, and since I missed my opportunity last year, I must make up for it this time!!

My first visit to the Resorts World Sentosa was for this show! The Coliseum is a non-airconditioned, fully sheltered amphitheatre at Hard Rock Hotel. There are huge coolers at the sides though. I wouldn't recommend buying front row side seats because the speakers are deafening. The most expensive ticket cost S$200, which gives you better cushioned seats with a little wooden table in between, and free flow alcohol.

My girlfriend and I with our Russian Vodka Martinis! Sweeeeet!

After the show, you can take a group photograph with the boys for S$20.

The men are being split into 2 groups, so here's the other group.

The poor men must be suffering in our heat. Not only are they performing in a non-airconditioned venue, they have to come out clothed in layers of clothes first, so there’s somewhere to go, if you know what I mean. They were meant to tease but I’m not sure they feel sexy with the perspiration dripping off their foreheads. It’s almost like they can’t wait to take off all the clothes because it’s too hot not to.

The last piece of item on them would be a g-string, and that never comes off. The stripping is coordinated with the dance moves, and very tastefully choreographed, so there’s nothing sleazy about the show. It’s more a bunch of men with very good bodies singing and dancing with very little clothes on. And of course, using props that are phallic symbols.

The crowd that day was quite sporting, women were screaming and cheering the men on while they ripped their tank tops and pulled their boxers off. Some got out from their chairs and danced but most women were reserved than wild. The men came downstage a few times to interact with the audience, which was good for the people who paid for tickets at the back.

The good thing about the venue was that it encourages spontaneity and doesn’t put a vast physical distance between the audience and the stage. Yet there was something unemotional about the whole experience. The things they said throughout the performance felt contrived, like you know they have already said this to every audience for every show. Once in a while, you get one Chippendale talking to the audience but while he tried to engage the audience, asking questions like “Who would like to keep me company tonight?”, it felt like he didn’t really care about our response, because really, all that talk was to buy time for the rest of the men to change.

Maybe it’s the heat, that makes them want to be over and done with so they can relax in the comfort of their hotel rooms. That, I don’t blame them.

But the next time I’m in Vegas, I’d be having different expectations.

The man I have a crush on

I tweeted some time ago that the best advice an EP gave me was to go have my heart broken.

She was right.

The same EP also gave me a secret while I was filming a scene with my love interest, a couple of years back. She first asked me which actor would make my heart flutter. I thought very hard and finally Jean Reno’s face came into my mind. It must have been this movie I watched of him and this pixie-faced Japanese actress (I don’t remember the title now) at that time that was still fresh then. I muttered his name shyly, and she nodded in approval, obviously agreeing with my choice of men. I then began to blush and my heart started to beat really fast. She looked at me, smiled and said, now do the scene.

Jean Reno was my all time favourite, until I saw a younger picture of a renowned actor/director. The sight of him makes my heart melt; his eyes sparkle with warmth and his crooked smile so disarming.

Now I wish I was born 79 years ago in California.

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The man I would die many times over for.

Elle Awards 2009 (Singapore)

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Jason Liang from Fighting Spiders and I

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Sharon Lim (Editor-in-Chief of Elle Singapore) and I

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The Wall of Fame

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One of the Polo Boys, Paul Foster was there too!

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He's grown so much taller!!

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Group editor Corinne Ng presenting the award to me for Actress of the Year.

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Actor and Actress of the Year posing at the Wall of Fame.

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Jack & Rai, love their music. I joked that I'm the newest addition to the group! Then it's going to be Jack & Rai + Jo. LOL!