Photos: Lee Lay Na, Toggle
The Dream Makers 2 swept the majority of the awards at Star Awards 2016 Part 2, and wins for the Best Supporting Actor and Actress were no exception. Earning their first awards in these categories were Zhang Zhen Huan and Julie Tan, who played reel-life lovers in the drama. This is his fourth and her second nomination in their respective Best Supporting categories.
This being his eighth year in showbiz, Zhen Huan, who played television host Chen Guang, declared this award as something he’s waited for a long time. “I never dreamt that I would be able to receive a performance award one day,” he explained. “I used to get told off by the director so much when I first entered showbiz that I wondered if I was suited to be an actor.”
“Finally, not only have I managed to pull through the tough times but I’m happy (because) I get to do the thing that I love most, so I’m really happy that I managed to get this trophy,” the 32-year-old continued.
“My mind was blank when they announced my name (…) I feel that the other nominees did an excellent job so we really didn’t know who would come out tops. I count myself lucky to have been able to receive this trophy today,” Zhen Huan mused.
On his fellow nominees, Chen Tian Wen (118), Edwin Goh (The Dream Makers 2), Andie Chen (The Journey: Our Homeland) and Ian Fang (Tiger Mum), he expressed, “Apart from Edwin, who lost out slightly because of his young age and therefore lack of experience, I think the other four of us had a strong chance of winning the award. Even for everyone seated in the theatre, I’m sure they had their different opinions of who did best as well.”
“Regardless of whether I won this award tonight, I wake up every morning feeling grounded and I’ll use the same attitude and mindset to face what I enjoy doing. Getting this award won’t change anything,” Zhen Huan declared.
Like Zhen Huan, Julie didn’t expect herself to emerge as the winner today after playing the villainous Dong Zi Huai. “I didn’t think too much about it and didn’t prepare an acceptance speech beforehand,” she laughed. “Many people told me that I would win but being nominated was an affirmation in itself, but I do feel different after receiving the trophy.”
“Oddly enough, I’m currently feeling very calm and it really feels quite strange,” she laughed. “Everyone treated me the same before I left home today, but what I found cute was that my mom told me that regardless of whether I won tonight, that I’d be the Best Supporting Actress in her heart. What she said really touched me.”
“I don’t feel any pressure yet; instead, I’m just feeling grateful and blessed at this point of time. My next target would be getting the Best Actress Award, following which I’d hope to get a Golden Horse Award, then an Oscar!” Julie grinned. “In showbiz, you can’t rest on your laurels after winning an award (…) and I’ll continue working hard because being an actress is akin to running a marathon, so I have to work even harder from now on.”
As for how she’s going to celebrate her win, Julie laughed, “I’m going home to get a good night’s rest because I’ve got a shoot tomorrow (…) I’ll wake up tomorrow and continue working hard.”
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