The who’s who of I Want To Be A Star

The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more

The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more
The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more
30 Mar 2016

The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more

It might be some months before we can finally catch the Chinese-language Toggle Original I Want To Be A Star, but filming is already well under way. The story revolves around a company of calefares, who try to work their way up into becoming full-fledged actors.

Prior to the start of filming, the cast, which includes Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling, Jeremy Chan and more had their imaging session on March 9 and 11. Chinese vampires, funky a-go-go getups and 1940s poofy hair are just a handful of the many roles the cast will have to play in the show.

Without further ado, we introduce you to the stars and their characters of the show.

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I Want To Be A Star is slated to begin its run on Toggle from September 5, with a new episode released every Monday.

Chew Chor Meng as Zhong Da Tian
Chew Chor Meng as Zhong Da Tian
30 Mar 2016

Chew Chor Meng as Zhong Da Tian

Eloquent and resourceful, Da Tian is the boss of the company of calefares. He also steps in as one of the cast if they don’t have enough actors for the production.

He’s even graduated to having lines to say in his parts, but has one fatal flaw: he gets nervous around Hong Bao Bao (Kym Ng). His nervousness around her causes him to stutter non-stop, leading to never-ending NGs (No Good).

When he isn’t busy getting into character, he also has to deal with issues his calefares raise, such as their long working hours and low pay.

Kym Ng as Hong Bao Bao
Kym Ng as Hong Bao Bao
30 Mar 2016

Kym Ng as Hong Bao Bao

Bao Bao has achieved what many calefares dream of: graduating from obscurity and securing her spot as a minor character in productions. Unafraid of ruining her image, Bao Bao takes on any role – even if it means that she has to go a little nutty for it.

She thinks Zhong Da Tian (Chew Chor Meng) has a long-running grudge against her, but little does she know that he is in fact her biggest fan and secret admirer.

Shane Pow as Zhong Di Long
Shane Pow as Zhong Di Long
30 Mar 2016

Shane Pow as Zhong Di Long

As the son of Zhong Da Tian (Chew Chor Meng), Di Long is a tad lazy but was forced into working as a calefare by his father, who threatened to cut off his allowance otherwise.

Surrounded by friends who he sees work hard towards their dreams, Di Long realises that there’s more to life than what he thought it was and transforms from a bum to a hard-worker. Along the way, he even develops a relationship with Mei Yi (Hong Ling).

Hong Ling as Zhang Mei Yi
Hong Ling as Zhang Mei Yi
30 Mar 2016

Hong Ling as Zhang Mei Yi

Born with a large birth mark on her right cheek, Mei Yi has had low self-esteem from when she was a child. She stumbles across the world of calefares when she goes with her friend, Gao Mei (Ya Hui) for a filming session and unwittingly becomes one too.

Di Long (Shane Pow) later discovers that she is a great singer and secretly sends a recording to a producer, who then fulfills her dream of becoming a background vocalist. 

Dennis Chew as Edgar
Dennis Chew as Edgar
30 Mar 2016

Dennis Chew as Edgar

Edgar tells everyone that he’s from an affluent background, but nobody believes him. After all, why else would he be a calefare if not for the money?

In reality, Edgar is a fan of many artistes and discovered that becoming a calefare is the best way to get up close and personal with them. What’s better is that he gets paid to do what he likes – to him, this is the ultimate win-win solution.

Ya Hui as Gao Mei
Ya Hui as Gao Mei
30 Mar 2016

Ya Hui as Gao Mei

Gao Mei says all the wrong things as her mind works slower than her mouth, causing many to misunderstand her. Her dream is to become a star and provide for her family. Edgar (Dennis Chew) didn’t believe her when she said she came from a poor family – neither did she believe him when he said he was born with a golden spoon in his mouth.

Working hard to achieve her dreams, she clocks extra hours at night by working at a convenience store and eats mainly vegetables to save money. She later finds out that she has a sickness that she never imagined – but has no funds for treatment. In steps Edgar, who she finally realises was telling the truth about his family background all along.

The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more
The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more
30 Mar 2016

The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more

Chew Chor Meng as Zhong Da Tian and Kym Ng as Hong Bao Bao

The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more
The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more
30 Mar 2016

The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more

Shane Pow as Zhong Di Long and Hong Ling as Zhang Mei Yi

The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more
The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more
30 Mar 2016

The Toggle Original stars Chew Chor Meng, Kym Ng, Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Ya Hui, Hong Ling and more

Dennis Chew as Edgar and Ya Hui as Gao Mei

I Want to be a Star cast decked in full 8 immortals' regalia
I Want to be a Star cast decked in full 8 immortals' regalia
06 Apr 2016

I Want to be a Star cast decked in full 8 immortals' regalia

Doesn't it remind you of this?

Watch past episodes of Legend of the Eight Immortals on Toggle.

BONUS: Shane dressed as a prom queen
BONUS: Shane dressed as a prom queen
06 Apr 2016

BONUS: Shane dressed as a prom queen

(Or 'Shanelle' as Romeo Tan calls her on Instagram)

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