Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards

Good things come to those who wait, especially at the 2014 Asian Television Awards last night

Good things come to those who wait, especially at the 2014 Asian Television Awards last night
Good things come to those who wait, especially at the 2014 Asian Television Awards last night
11 Mar 2015

Good things come to those who wait, especially at the 2014 Asian Television Awards last night

Photos: Lee Wei Lin
Videos: Vina Chia and Teng Siew Eng


Every dog has its day. And this saying rings true for veteran actors Pierre Png, Irene Ang and Rayson Tan, who brought home top honours at the 2014 Asian Television Awards (ATA) held at Marina Bay Sands Expo Convention Hall yesterday.

With the exception of doe-eyed 7-year-old Malaysian actress Puteri Balqis Azizi, who gave her female seniors a run for their acting chops with her Best Actress win, as the youngest award winner thus far, some of her fellow award winners have waited a long time for this trophy to finally land in their hands – like Pierre, who’s last nomination was in 2009’s The Little Nyonya, and Irene, who has waited—and we quote direct – “a full zodiac cycle (of 12 years)” to finally win this award again, after her last run with Channel 5’s Phua Chu Kang.

As Pierre made his way to do a backstage interview with the media, his supportive fans clamoured around him exchanging congratulatory hugs and wishes. Amongst them, one shouted jubilantly, “It’s (referring to the award and role) what you wanted! What you wanted!”

Indeed. The Best Actor in a Leading Role award was “one of the many things that I want,” affirmed Pierre, when we finally spoke to the euphoric winner later, whose hands have turned all sweaty and clammy from the unexpected turn of events.

“This is definitely a plus, a confirmation of the things we (actors) believe in and that keeps us on track,” he added, calling the win his best and the biggest thing that happened to him – but with “more to come.”

For an actor who had difficulty transitioning from Channel 5 to Channel 8, scoring double nominations in the Best Actor category (for Ch5’s Zero Calling and Ch8’s The Journey) is a big booster for Pierre. When xinmsn asked Pierre to share his personal take on why Zero Calling triumphed over the latter, he chuckled, “I can’t give you an answer for that, but I can tell you for sure that I love both characters and gave my heart and soul [to the shows]!

“Why Zero Calling? Top of my head right now is maybe ‘cos I’m more fluent in the language?” he wisecracked.

Read on as comedienne Irene tells us how she almost missed out on this award

Good things come to those who wait, especially at the 2014 Asian Television Awards last night
Good things come to those who wait, especially at the 2014 Asian Television Awards last night
11 Mar 2015

Good things come to those who wait, especially at the 2014 Asian Television Awards last night

Sharing Pierre’s shock and disbelief at her win and the amount of awards racked in by Ch5’s Spouse For House, a project she took part in earlier this year, is local comedienne Irene. The funny woman’s last win at the ATA took place 12 years ago for Phua Chu Kang and she almost missed out on this opportunity to add another trophy to her collection at home.

Due to her packed schedule, Irene initially turned down invitations to star on the family sitcom which will be returning to the small screens for a second season next year. But persistent calls and persuasion from Ch5’s Ramesh eventually got her to say yes.

“Sometimes when you help people, you get rewarded much later, she quipped, “And sometimes the reward is in itself, being able to work with these actors – of which a lot of them are not real comedy actors like Desmond Tan and Selena Li.”

 As an artiste juggling between many roles and identities, winning the Best Comedy Performance by an Actress award proves “I’m not just a businesswoman,” she said.

“It is so timely as a Christmas present, reminding me that I have this gift to make people laugh and touch people with humour.”

With a busy year lined up for her – acting roles, standup gigs, plenty of SG50 activities and a new movie in the pipeline (keep a lookout for it in 2016!), Irene also divulged that she’d be producing a series of online videos for the first time for SAF50 too.

“Let’s hope my foray [in online videos] will be as good as my comedy shows,” she joked.

Rayson tells us about the sacrifices Chen Liping made for his acting gig in Malaysia

Good things come to those who wait, especially at the 2014 Asian Television Awards last night
Good things come to those who wait, especially at the 2014 Asian Television Awards last night
11 Mar 2015

Good things come to those who wait, especially at the 2014 Asian Television Awards last night

Rayson thinks his win would not have been made possible if not for his wife’s help, when he had to be away from home and spend 3.5 months filming in Malaysia for Entangled last year. On his second nomination and first ATA win, he said, “I’m really happy. I can’t use words to express myself now.”

Speaking in a smattering mix of English and Mandarin, the 49-year-old even likened himself to be that of a newbie artiste now, after winning this prestigious acting award. Calling it a fresh start, he explained, “Because every role I take on, I’d never approach it from a veteran actor’s standpoint. I only know I need to work hard.”

When we asked if Liping left him any encouraging messages before the awards ceremony yesterday night, he laughingly shared, “My wife and son aren’t that expressive with their words. But they’d do it their own style and they’d just say “Daddy, all the best to you” and I can feel it.”

Apart from these acting triumphs, MediaCorp also nailed 2 additional awards for Spouse for House for Best Comedy Programme and Best Original Screenplay, a Best Digital Fiction and Non-Fiction Programme/Series award for xinmsn web series produced by WaWa Pictures, Who Killed The Lead, and Best Theme Song for The Journey: A Voyage, just to name a few. Channel 5 bagged Best Terrestrial Channel of the Year and MediaCorp came in tops again for Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year.

For the full winners’ list, please visit the official Asian Television Awards site.
Stay tuned to xinmsn for our video interviews!



Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
11 Mar 2015

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards

WaWa Pictures bags their first ever trophy at the Asian Television Awards for xinmsn web series, Who Killed The Lead, starring Elvin Ng, Jesseca Liu, Jayley Woo and James Seah. According to Molby Low, this is considered their first ever "official" win, after Secrets for Sale was conferred the Highly Commended title a few years ago. 

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
11 Mar 2015

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards

L-R: Bernard Lim, Managing Director of MediaCorp TV and Shaun Seow, MediaCorp CEO.

Apart from these acting triumphs, MediaCorp also nailed 2 additional awards for Spouse for House for Best Comedy Programme and Best Original Screenplay, a Best Digital Fiction and Non-Fiction Programme/Series award for xinmsn web series produced by WaWa Pictures, Who Killed The Lead, and Best Theme Song for The Journey: A Voyage, just to name a few. Channel 5 bagged Best Terrestrial Channel of the Year and MediaCorp came in tops again for Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year.

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
11 Mar 2015

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
11 Mar 2015

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
11 Mar 2015

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
11 Mar 2015

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards
11 Mar 2015

Pierre Png finally gets what he wants at 2014 Asian Television Awards

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