Sonia Sui on baby no. 2: “Not so soon!”

The new mum graced the red carpet at the Singapore International Film Festival Gala Opening last night 

Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann
Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann
27 Nov 2015

Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann

Photos: Tammi Tan, SGIFF
Video: Tay Yixuan

Most new mothers would recoil at the thought of wearing a midriff-baring garment so soon after giving birth - but not Sonia Sui.

At last night’s Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) Gala Opening, the Taiwanese model-actress, 35, was bold (and beautiful) enough to show up in a one-shoulder dress with a cut-out that showed off her enviably trim waist.

Here to present her latest film The Laundryman with co-star Yeo Yann Yann and up-and-coming director Lee Chung, this was her first public appearance since giving birth to son Max locally in August. She spent her confinement period in the Lion City before returning to Taiwan last week, and flew back yesterday morning with her baby boy and husband, US-based financial worker Tony Chia.

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Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann
Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann
27 Nov 2015

Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann

Sonia hilariously revealed on social media that her flight was originally on Wednesday, but she was forced to delay the trip after Tony forgot to bring his passport to the airport. To make up for his blunder, he bought a rose in apology, and was also seen supporting his wife quietly from the sidelines last night.

After walking the red carpet and bantering with the evening’s hosts on stage, Sonia, Yann Yann and Lee Chung headed for a group doorstop interview that lasted less than three minutes (in addition to the fact that they were running on a tight schedule, it was clear that handlers were not keen to let Sonia field questions unrelated to The Laundryman, particularly those that focused on her motherhood).

Despite the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it time frame, we managed to learn three main things from the statuesque screen siren:

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Sonia Sui
Sonia Sui
27 Nov 2015

Sonia Sui

1. Despite being vocal with her desire to have two more kids, it seems Sonia isn’t quite ready for that just yet. When asked if she is already making plans for baby number two, she said with a laugh, “Not so soon!”

2. She’ll stick around in town for a while longer. “I never really left Singapore, I just went to Taiwan to film a commercial. I will still be here for a few more months, and my family has always been with me.”

3. She was a hazard on the set of The Laundryman, in which she plays a femme fatale who manages hitmen under the guise of a laundromat. “We keep hurting each other on set! (laughs) I’m not a professional stuntwoman, nor do I have much experience with martial arts movies. Because of this, it was difficult for everyone who had an action scene with me, whether it was Yann Yann or Joseph Chang, because not only did they have to protect themselves, they also had to protect me!”

The Special Presentation of ‘The Laundryman’ will be held tonight (Nov 27) at 7.45pm at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets, priced at $15 (excludes booking fee) are available here.

The 26th Singapore International Film Festival is happening now until Dec 6. For more information, visit www.sgiff.com.

Click through for more pictures from last night’s Gala Opening red carpet:

Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann on the red carpet
Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann on the red carpet
27 Nov 2015

Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann on the red carpet

Svelte Sonia strikes a pose on the SGIFF red carpet
Svelte Sonia strikes a pose on the SGIFF red carpet
27 Nov 2015

Svelte Sonia strikes a pose on the SGIFF red carpet

Julie Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
Julie Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
27 Nov 2015

Julie Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan

The local stars made an appearance on the red carpet arm-in-arm.

Julie Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
Julie Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
27 Nov 2015

Julie Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan

Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann share a laugh on stage
Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann share a laugh on stage
27 Nov 2015

Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann share a laugh on stage

Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann
Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann
27 Nov 2015

Sonia Sui, Lee Chung and Yeo Yann Yann

Sonia Sui
Sonia Sui
27 Nov 2015

Sonia Sui

The filmmakers and cast of the Festival's opening film 'Panay'
The filmmakers and cast of the Festival's opening film 'Panay'
27 Nov 2015

The filmmakers and cast of the Festival's opening film 'Panay'

(Left to right) Producer Hsieh Chun-yao, directors Cheng Yu-chieh and Lekal Sumi, the cast Kaco Lekal, Rahic Gulas, Dongi Kacaw, Ado’ Kaliting Pacidal, Bokeh Kosang, and singer/composer Suming.

The original ensemble of 'Bugis Street Redux'
The original ensemble of 'Bugis Street Redux'
27 Nov 2015

The original ensemble of 'Bugis Street Redux'

(Left to right) Ernest Seah, Matthew Foo, Maria J and Hiep Thi Le made a special appearance ahead of the film's 20th anniversary screening and cast reunion.

The original ensemble of 'Bugis Street Redux'
The original ensemble of 'Bugis Street Redux'
27 Nov 2015

The original ensemble of 'Bugis Street Redux'

Love 972 DJ Wallace Ang, Georgina Chang, head of The Celebrity Agency, and YES 933 DJ Kunhua
Love 972 DJ Wallace Ang, Georgina Chang, head of The Celebrity Agency, and YES 933 DJ Kunhua
27 Nov 2015

Love 972 DJ Wallace Ang, Georgina Chang, head of The Celebrity Agency, and YES 933 DJ Kunhua

Sonia's husband Tony Chia supports her quietly from the sidelines
Sonia's husband Tony Chia supports her quietly from the sidelines
27 Nov 2015

Sonia's husband Tony Chia supports her quietly from the sidelines

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