Mickey Huang joins the 118 family…for a day

The veteran Taiwanese host told us about his plans for marriage (or lack thereof), not wanting singer-songwriters such as JJ Lin and Mayday’s Ashin to write him a song for his upcoming album and which local celeb he felt the most excited to meet

Mickey Huang joins the 118 family…for a day
21 Mar 2017

Mickey Huang joins the 118 family…for a day

The 118 family hosted a very special guest in their kopitiam yesterday – Taiwanese veteran host, Mickey Huang, popped by for a cameo. He specially made arrangements for his flight to Beijing to depart in the afternoon, giving him ample time to wrap up filming before heading for his next job. In case you’re wondering, he arrived in Singapore on Saturday (March 18) to host the SPD Charity Show 2017 on Sunday night alongside Lee Teng and Quan Yi Fong.

Speaking to Toggle in one of the VIP suites next to the studios prior to filming, Mickey was all smiles during our 30-minute chat, first telling us about his role in the long-form drama (he will be playing none other than himself), chuckling about how he was “glad to know that the production crew looked after me well by not giving me too many lines.”

“When I first received the offer, I didn’t know what my role would be yet but I was relieved to find out that I would be playing myself,” the 44-year-old quipped. I received the script about 10 days ago and looked through it – the number of lines that they gave me were just enough for me – so I’m really glad!”

(Continued on next slide: Mickey sings praises of Quan Yi Fong and shares excitement about meeting Roy Li)

Mickey sings praises of Quan Yi Fong and shares excitement about meeting Roy Li
21 Mar 2017

Mickey sings praises of Quan Yi Fong and shares excitement about meeting Roy Li

Prior to heading to the film set, he shared that he didn’t know who he’d be working with yet (“because all the names in the script are their characters’ names!”), but that the local celeb he was happiest to see during his short visit this time around was Quan Yi Fong.

“This isn’t the first time that we’ve worked together (…) Doing a live show is definitely not an easy feat because you have no room for mistake. The two of us have such great chemistry that we can cover for one another if we have any slip-ups, so it was really great to share the stage such a remarkable host again,” Mickey gushed.

When we checked back with him again after filming his scene, however, he let on that he was also honoured to have met Roy Li on set. “I heard that someone called Li Feihui would be here today, but I didn’t know if it was the singer that I knew or someone with the same name!” he laughed.

“We grew up with his songs and I once visited HMV in Singapore to trawl through their collection. I was looking for his old records, because I wasn’t able to find any of them in Taiwan.”

(Continued on next slide: Mickey on why he doesn’t feel the need for famous singer-songwriters to work on his upcoming album)

Mickey on why he doesn’t feel the need for famous singer-songwriters to work on his upcoming album
21 Mar 2017

Mickey on why he doesn’t feel the need for famous singer-songwriters to work on his upcoming album

During our interview with Mickey, he also shared that he will be releasing a full album in the coming months. This will be his first studio album since his debut 29 years ago. “Honestly, I’ve discussed releasing my very own album more than once. Mayday’s Ashin has even written a song for me once, but that project was shelved so I never used what he wrote for me,” he revealed.

Cracking a wry smile, he continued, “If I were to ask JJ (Lin) to write me a song, do you think he’d reject me? I don’t think so. I could ask some of the biggest singer-songwriters to write me songs and add all the star power to my album, but at the end of the day, it’ll end up as something that’s not uniquely me.”

Letting on that he will be penning his own songs, he chuckled, “You can also look at it this way – JJ Lin’s songs aren’t easy to sing and as for Ashin’s songs… They’re best sung by Ashin himself.”

(Continued on next slide: Mickey on why marriage is nowhere near the top of him and his girlfriend’s to-do lists)

Mickey on why marriage is nowhere near the top of him and his girlfriend’s to-do lists
21 Mar 2017

Mickey on why marriage is nowhere near the top of him and his girlfriend’s to-do lists

While he’s still going at full-steam ahead for his career, Mickey admitted that he’s been often asked about his three-year relationship with Taiwanese actress Summer Meng. Although it’s been often speculated that wedding bells will ring anytime soon for the pair, he let on that tying the knot isn’t a priority for either of them.

“People always think that getting married is a form of stability, but not for me. You can be perfectly content in a stable relationship – on the other hand, you won’t necessarily be happy just because you’re married,” he mused.

Admitting that the pair has discussed the topic of getting married “multiple times” before, he chuckled that “we usually talk about it for like a minute or two, and that’s it. For example, I’ll say that I’d want a really simple wedding with just a table each for each of our families, but she’ll counter that she has a really big family and that one table won’t do. When it comes to situations like that, we just shrug it off and carry on with whatever we were doing previously.”

Although getting married “probably ranks ninth in our priority lists, after work, family, our pets and so on”, he coyly added that a flash marriage isn’t completely out of the question. “What I can say is that those who have “flash marriages” didn’t decide to get married overnight – they’ve definitely thought about it beforehand. They were just dating under the radar, so much so that nobody knew about it.”

Click on for more photos of Mickey Huang filming 118 Season 2.

Photos: TPG/CLICKPHOTOS

The cast posed for one last photo before wrapping up the filming session with Mickey
21 Mar 2017

The cast posed for one last photo before wrapping up the filming session with Mickey

Mickey Huang with Dennis Chew
21 Mar 2017

Mickey Huang with Dennis Chew

In between takes, the cast manage to sneak in a wefie or two
21 Mar 2017

In between takes, the cast manage to sneak in a wefie or two

Filming proceeded smoothly, with lots of laughter all around
21 Mar 2017

Filming proceeded smoothly, with lots of laughter all around

The fan that Mickey used was the result of a short but intense discussion prior to filming
21 Mar 2017

The fan that Mickey used was the result of a short but intense discussion prior to filming

He was originally supposed to use a mask to cover his face instead.

Fun fact: Mickey's "Taiwanese" manager in the show is in fact Singaporean
21 Mar 2017

Fun fact: Mickey's "Taiwanese" manager in the show is in fact Singaporean

Mickey was overheard giving tips to his reel-life assistant on how to perfect his Taiwanese accent before the shoot.

WATCH: Does Mickey Huang feel that marriage is restrictive?

118 Season 2 airs on weekdays, 7.30pm on Channel 8.

Watch past episodes of 118 Seasons 1 and 2 on Toggle.

Related:
SPD Charity Show 2017 raises S$4.13 million for charity
Mickey Huang meets girlfriend Summer Meng’s parents
Of kopitiam tales and lucky numbers with the 118 cast

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