It took me a long time to decide if I would go nude for our bed scene in Last Madame. A story set in a brothel in the 1930s, we can’t shy away from sex. The tension between my character and Inspector Mak began the moment we met and the flirting continued. It was bound to happen, it was just a matter of when and where.
It was a big step for me as an actress to go bare in front of the production crew and my fellow actor. I had my uncertainties and insecurities, but I decided to do this because the context of the story and character motivations were fully justified and I believed in it. It wasn’t just about love-making, it was my character learning to love and trust again, and a transitional milestone for both our characters. I had full trust in my co-star Jeff Chou, respect for my director and confidence in the camera crew before saying yes to my EP Jean.
I was nervous of how it would eventually look on screen because there were no previous local TV references and so many things could go wrong, but when I finally saw the EP’s cut, I was moved by the emotions of the scene, and realised in that moment that I made the right decision. Because showing two bodies moving in unison captured the passions and inner conflict of the two characters so vividly, it had pushed the show to a different level.
You’re welcome Jean, now go binge watchLast Madame on Toggle.
Yesterday was a big day for us, because many artistes were gathered at the TV Theatre to celebrate 30 years of Drama.
It was all quite a rush for us, so I realised I didn’t get to take that many pictures of my own. Here’s one, with my hair stylist for the night, Ryan Yap from Passion.
Pictured here with Ryan Yap, Passion
He asked me what sort of hairstyle I would like to have. I suggested “40s Glamour” and this was what he came up with — ala Marilyn Monroe he said.
Thank you Martin for picking this out for me.
I fell in love with it almost immediately because I’m have been crazy about knee-length dresses for the past few months. With the Duchess herself being here in Singapore, I couldn’t help but be inspired by her simple and elegant dressing. This gold sequin dress by Burberry couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
It’s sexy without revealing too much (actually, it does, but I kind of didn’t want to go that far) and the conservative length was perfect for the occasion. I wanted something that wasn’t too casual like I would wear to a Christmas party, and not too formal like I was going to a Charity Ball.
I’ve heard many people comment about how beautiful the lighting is in the telemovie. The following pictures will give you an idea the set-up required.
You will see these big white boards consistently in the rest of the pictures. I was told they are called "butterfly". I have no idea how the name came about but I love them, because they are so flattering!!
The "cookie" in the foreground cuts up the light so there's more texture to the way the scene is lit.
In broad daylight, it can get really bright!
The set-up in the taxi, without the lighting equipment yet! Ling Hooi (right) is the Director of Photography for this telemovie.