Goodbye 2015, hello 2016 with House of Fortune

What’s in store for the actors of Channel 8 drama House of Fortune this year?

The cast of House of Fortune
The cast of House of Fortune
06 Jan 2016

The cast of House of Fortune

Photos: Goh Li Xin & Joanna Goh
Videos: Teng Siew Eng & Vanessa Lim


In the first week of the brand new year, we caught up with the zany cast of upcoming Channel 8 drama House of Fortune at the press conference on Tuesday to find out what grand plans, projects or ambitions they have for 2016. The year is looking rosy for the artistes so far - granted we are only into the first week of 2016: Sora Ma will be making her theatre debut and writing her first script for it, Ya Hui will finally fulfill her long-time dream of playing a cop with a role in C.L.I.F. 4 and veteran Zhu Houren is recovering well from a nasty leg ailment (part of the reason why his character had to hobble around with a walking stick in the drama).

Read on to find out what else is in store for these actors in 2016.

Shane Pow
Shane Pow
06 Jan 2016

Shane Pow

He caused a mini ruckus at the press conference when he revealed that co-actress Bonnie Loo gave him her first kiss (both onscreen and in real life) and gave us a mild scare when he talked about how 2015 ended on an “inconvenient” note as his car was stuck at the workshop after an accident. “I loaned it to a friend who got into an accident,” he clarified, “My friend is fine, but my car? It’s not doing so well (laughs). It has been in the workshop for more than a month because it’s hard to find the spare parts for it. It’s an old model – a 1993 model – so the spare parts are really hard to find.”

Apart from hoping his car will be repaired in time for the Lunar New Year, Shane hopes to also see his career pick up – after a quiet year in 2015 with only one project (The Journey: Our Homeland) airing on TV. “I hope to have a titular role this year. I’m not getting any younger and if I want to get married, I’d need to find a girlfriend. But before I find a girlfriend, I need to have enough money which would not be possible without a career. So I need to work really hard and earn as much as I can now,” he chuckled.

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Kym Ng
Kym Ng
06 Jan 2016

Kym Ng

This vivacious host’s brightly-coloured hair is a mirror reflection of a fruitful and happy 2015 as she was able to spend more time with loved ones, especially her husband. “We went on a few vacations together to Finland – although I didn’t get to see the aurora borealis, and to Germany. 2015 was a really sweet year with all the vacations we had; I also changed my car to a sports car model – don’t ask me what model it is, but I’m really happy with it; and I’ve also been relatively free this year, although this drama is one of the most tiring but satisfying projects I’ve ever done… I played hard, worked really hard, and hope to have an equally good 2016,” she tells us in an interview.

So is there anything in particular she hopes to get lucky with in 2016? “I hope that my hard work will pay off with [winning] awards. You’d need luck to win awards after all,” she laughed, “I welcome awards of all kinds – as long as it is an award, my doors are always open!”

Ya Hui
Ya Hui
06 Jan 2016

Ya Hui

Ya Hui’s years of hard work finally bore fruit when she bagged the role of Jin Zhi (“the best thing that ever happened to me in 2015”) in long-form drama series 118. “Since I started acting, people can’t seem to recognise me by name and this is something that is very important for an artiste. You can’t be known or identified as “someone who acts”. Nowadays, people know me as “Jin Zhi” from 118 or Ya Hui and that makes me happy. I want to focus on my career in 2016 and hope that people will remember me more not just as Jin Zhi,” she quipped.

After dying her hair in the lightest shade of blonde for House of Fortune, it’s likely she’d undergo another transformation with an upcoming role as a police officer in C.L.I.F. 4 this year. “I hope to take on even more challenging roles and I’m so happy to finally be in the C.L.I.F. series because I’ve always wanted to play a police officer since growing up. My dream has finally come true after so many years of waiting!”

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Zhu Houren
Zhu Houren
06 Jan 2016

Zhu Houren

Houren’s 2015 was a year plagued with health issues as his leg gave him problems and left him with no choice but to limp on screen for his role. “I was worried that I’d have to keep limping in my shows and that people had to keep accommodating me on set because these kind of actors tend to have a short lifespan on TV,” he shared. According to the TV veteran, his limping is a result of an on-off recurring health ailment that is caused by a pinched nerve which runs from his hip to his legs: “But I’m happy to share that I’m almost recovered in 2016 after visiting the doctor, but I still can’t do strenuous exercise like Taekwondo and parachuting.”

After collaborating with Tay Ping Hui on a local movie called Meeting The Giant two years ago, Houren shared that he has been writing some movie scripts during his free time and hopes to get a chance to produce it this year. The actor revealed that his 26-year-old son is shaping up to be a budding director and recently filmed a short film called ‘Han’ in Korea, which he co-stars in too. “I have no qualms if he pursues a career in showbiz. We’d even share tips and pointers with each other since we’re both from the same industry. Sometimes he’d critique my acting too,” he chuckled.

Sora Ma
Sora Ma
06 Jan 2016

Sora Ma

After scoring her first endorsement deal in 2015, Sora tells us that 2016 will be a “year of giving” to share her bonuses and she plans to focus on charity work which will include a theatre production involving the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped. “This is my first time writing a script and I’ve been busy working on this and talking to a lot of story planners and scriptwriters to learn from them. The story frame is ready but I still need to work on the scenes and it is not easy because I don’t have a strong grasp of Mandarin. I hope to involve my good friend, You Yi, in this project and have her as one of my mentors,” she shared.

It will be a year of many firsts for her as she will be acting as a visually handicapped person in this theatre production on top of writing it, said Sora. 

Tong Bing Yu
Tong Bing Yu
06 Jan 2016

Tong Bing Yu

We’re not the only ones who have idols and dream of meeting them one day: Malaysian actress Bing Yu, who is a fan of Leon Lai since his four Heavenly Kings days, never imagined she’d one day end up running lines and acting alongside him. “He was my idol and I never thought I’d get to work with him [in a movie in Tianjin, China] or even chat with him on set. It’s like a dream come true and probably the best thing that happened to me in 2015.”

The married actress shared that 2016 will continue to be an equally packed year for her after taking on a long-form drama series, Peace & Prosperity, in Singapore. “I’ve never been based in Singapore for an extended period of time and so I’m slightly excited and nervous as well. Since I signed on with Mediacorp as an actress, my projects are quite touch-and-go, so this change is exciting. I’m happy to be working with a few familiar faces [in Peace & Prosperity] again too.”

Bonnie Loo
Bonnie Loo
06 Jan 2016

Bonnie Loo

Taking on five drama projects in 2015 is probably the best thing that happened to Bonnie last year, but while she made inroads as an actor, the 21-year-old experienced a few hiccups in her singing career. “I released an album last year but not many knew about it due to lack of promotions for it when the album was out. There were talks to promote this album in Taiwan and Hong Kong too, but it didn’t happen. Looking back now, I can’t help but feel a tinge of regret that things did not work out.”

Yao Wenlong
Yao Wenlong
06 Jan 2016

Yao Wenlong

After welcoming a baby girl this year, Wenlong hopes to focus some time on his business venture in 2016 and bring it to new heights. The owner of Singapore’s first comprehensive bird’s nest museum, Swiftlet Garden, said that bringing his business to Dubai was fraught with complications and he has his sights set on America now. “We hope to do more research work on bird’s nest in America so I’d be travelling there this year to take a look at the facilities,” he shared.


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House of Fortune debuts Jan 19, 9pm on Channel 8; it will be available on Toggle-It-First on Jan 12.

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