ALL IN THE FAMILY: Celebs on their famous children

With the rise of celebs’ offspring in the spotlight, we spoke to local stars who ‘fessed up on their thoughts of having their children in showbiz

We spoke to local stars who ‘fessed up on their thoughts of having their children in showbiz
We spoke to local stars who ‘fessed up on their thoughts of having their children in showbiz
26 Mar 2015

We spoke to local stars who ‘fessed up on their thoughts of having their children in showbiz

We’re no stranger to seeing new faces popping up in showbiz – in the words of veteran Zheng Ge Ping, “New blood is necessary in order to keep the industry thriving”. From time to time, however, we’re treated with the appearance of not-so-new faces – that is, when existing celebrities’ children step out into the limelight as well.

Quan Yi Fong’s daughter, Eleanor Lee, made such a splash with her Apple China commercial that she has been dubbed the ‘Apple Girl’. Meanwhile, we admit to being one of those who cooed over baby Aden when he made his debut into the spotlight alongside daddy Andie Chen in a recent MasterCard ad.

While we have (yet?) to see a family that’s nearly as high-profile as the Kardashians on our sunny island, there’s no doubt that there’s plenty of potential for the second-generation of stars to shine.

Read on to find out what local stars had to say on their thoughts of having their children in showbiz.

Eleanor Lee
Eleanor Lee
26 Mar 2015

Eleanor Lee

Photos: Apple, Eleanor Lee’s Instagram (@eleanorleex)

Proud Parent: Quan Yi Fong

Claim to fame: Starred in an Apple China commercial, earning the nickname ‘Apple Girl’

What’s the best and worst part of having your child in the spotlight?

There's definitely a mix of good and bad; the good is that it's a new sort of experience for her and she gets to learn a lot. On the negative side, I have to put a lot of restrictions on her such as not being able to go out alone with male friends and not going out at night. It’s hard to tell the difference between photos taken at 8pm and 12am and I don’t want her to be under scrutiny for “staying out so late” when she’s only 16.

Would you advise your fellow celeb friends to allow their kids to step into the entertainment circle as well?

I can't say that I can advise others based on my personal experience because to me I feel that I'm still learning to cope with the increased attention showered on her as well. Prior to this we would participate in one photo shoot a year as agreed with the company for events such as Mother's Day and I'd take it as a good memory more than a job. I’ve kept her pretty sheltered in terms of commercial activities prior to the Apple ad.

Eleanor Lee
Eleanor Lee
26 Mar 2015

Eleanor Lee

Photos: AddyLi

What is one thing that you were most afraid of when your daughter made her first step into showbiz?

I'm most worried that she'll get hurt by others’ words. At her age she’s bound to be more sensitive and what people say at times might not be the whole truth. I’ve restricted her in many ways because I want to protect her and she's a really good girl that listens to my advice so I'm really happy about that.

Do you ever worry that your child will be more popular than you?

I'll be really happy if she does become more popular than me. To me, she hasn't really debuted in the industry yet and it’s an ongoing debate that I’m having with the media. (Chuckles) She's only filmed this one ad and went back to being a normal student after that. If she decides to join the industry proper in the future then I’ll be more than happy to see her shine.

Aden Chen
Aden Chen
26 Mar 2015

Aden Chen

Photos: MasterCard, Kandie Network, Andie Chen’s Instagram (@andiechen)

Proud parent: Andie Chen

Claim to fame: Starring with daddy in a MasterCard video ad

What’s the best and worst part of having your child in the spotlight?

The best part about it is having opportunities to work together as a family. We spend a lot of time working so it was great to be able to work and spend time together at the same time, growing and making money as a unit.

I don’t feel that there’s any worst part because Aden brought a lot of joy to everyone while filming but maybe when he gets older things might change. Our plan is to go by his opinion once he is old enough to have one, so we’ll play it by ear till then.

Would you advise your fellow celeb friends to allow their kids to step into the entertainment circle as well?

I think this is really a matter of personal preference – Kate and I are both public figures and we’re very open; we don’t like to hide anything. It was very natural for us to want to share our son so we’d probably advise against it for those who are more conscious about sharing their personal lives with others.

Aden Chen
Aden Chen
26 Mar 2015

Aden Chen

Photos: Andie Chen’s Instagram (@andiechen), Aden Chen’s Instagram (@aden_kandie)

What is one thing that you were most afraid of when your son made his first step into showbiz?

The thing we were most worried about that he would be too tired out from filming. At the time, he was only three months old so we also wondered if he would be able to perform in front of the camera. We were told that they wanted an older baby initially and at his age he didn’t really have that many expressions to work with.

Do you ever worry that your child will be more popular than you?

I hope he becomes more popular than me! (Laughs) I want him to be successful in whatever field he chooses in the future and honestly I couldn’t care less about being popular myself. But yeah, there’s nothing to worry about and I’ll wish only the best for him if he really chooses this path.

Aden Chen
Aden Chen
26 Mar 2015

Aden Chen

Photos: Kandie Network, Kate Pang’s Instagram (@katepang311)

Proud parent: Kate Pang

Claim to fame: Starring with daddy in a MasterCard video ad

What’s the best and worst part of having your child in the spotlight?

We took Aden’s MasterCard ad as a kind of good memory instead of specifically as a job. He’s still really young so I don’t think he knew what was going on. What we were worried about was the strong lighting that they used for the shoot – it also took a really long time to complete so we were worried that he would be worn out after that.

Would you advise your fellow celeb friends to allow their kids to step into the entertainment circle as well?

I feel that it’s fine to allow kids to try out being in the entertainment circle as long as it’s something that the child wants and not doing it for the sake of fulfilling the parents’ goals.

Aden Chen
Aden Chen
26 Mar 2015

Aden Chen

Photos: Kate Pang’s Instagram (@katepang311)

What is one thing that you were most afraid of when your son made his first step into showbiz?

There’s nothing much to worry about because we’re both so familiar with the industry that we know how to protect ourselves and of course Aden as well. At this point of time any jobs we take up will be those that promote a healthy image and there won’t be anything risqué such as bed scenes so I think it’s alright. (Laughs)

Do you ever worry that your child will be more popular than you?

Of course not! It’ll be great if he can become more popular than me in future – I think what parents want is the best for their kids so if this is something he really likes and wants to pursue in the future I’d support him in any way that I can; but I hope he also studies well even if he decides to start a career in showbiz at a young age.

Tay Ying
Tay Ying
26 Mar 2015

Tay Ying

Photos: Tay Ying’s blog (tay-ying.blogspot.com), Calvin Tay’s Instagram (@_calverttkj_), Zheng Ge Ping’s Instagram (@zhenggeping)

Proud parent: Zheng Ge Ping

Claim to fame: Active blogger who was mistaken as her dad’s mistress

What’s the best and worst part of having your child in the spotlight?

Some advertisers or producers have asked us if our daughter would like to film with us but at the time she was focusing on her studies so we put it aside. We don’t play any restrictions on her and she’s allowed to take any advertisements she wants. As a celeb it’s natural for us to be recognised on the streets so I wouldn’t say that there was any good or bad about her being in the spotlight.

Would you advise your fellow celeb friends to allow their kids to step into the entertainment circle as well?

It’s really a personal choice. Some don’t want their children in the spotlight to the extent that they don’t even want their kids’ photographs to be leaked at all. Others don’t mind either way; I belong to the latter kind. There’s nothing wrong with it and there’s no need to hide my children.

The most important question to ask is if the kids have the passion for the industry – only then will they be able to devote yourself to the job. If someone asks me for my advice I can only tell them to make their own decision since it’s their family.

If they’re worried about academics being affected, the problem lies with the children themselves and not the industry.

Tay Ying
Tay Ying
26 Mar 2015

Tay Ying

Photos: Tay Ying’s blog (tay-ying.blogspot.com)

What is one thing that you were most afraid of when your daughter made her first step into showbiz?

I feel that learning the wrong things applies to both the outside world and entertainment circle – in fact, I’m less worried about her going astray within the showbiz industry because I have eyes and ears everywhere. (Laughs) Those who want to trick her will also have to go through me first.

Do you ever worry that your child will be more popular than you?

I’d be a really selfish guy if I put myself before my children. Even with the younger celebs in the industry, I treat some of them as my younger brothers or my children so I’m really happy when they are more popular than I am. New blood is necessary in order to keep the industry thriving so it’s always a good thing to have new talent surfacing.

If one day she decides to walk down the path of an entertainer I really hope that she’ll be able to become more popular and successful than me.

Chen Yi Xi
Chen Yi Xi
26 Mar 2015

Chen Yi Xi

Proud Parent: Edmund Chen

Claim to fame: Starred in xinmsn’s Chinese web drama, i.Rock

What’s the best and worst part of having your child in the spotlight?

I feel that one of the best parts of him entering showbiz was that he was already familiar with the environment even prior to his debut. He also has friends and family in the industry which gives a sense of security for him. As for the negative aspect, it depends on each child’s personality but what I feel is important is (for him) to know how to draw lines in his career.

Would you advise your fellow celeb friends to allow their kids to step into the entertainment circle as well?

This generation of celebs’ children is all growing up so fast and somehow becoming the second generation of stars. Whenever I meet with some of my fellow actors I get the sudden realisation that the bunch of little kids suddenly grew up and are pretty much already in the spotlight.

They might not think that they’re stars but find the limelight natural because they grew up in environments where they were always the centre of attention. I feel that this is a choice that can be considered for their future paths.

Chen Yi Xi
Chen Yi Xi
26 Mar 2015

Chen Yi Xi

What is one thing that you were most afraid of when your son made his first step into showbiz?

My wife (Xiang Yun) and I didn’t have the time to even consider if he would act well or not; we were more worried if he would delay the production schedule of the entire crew. It was a one-in-a-million chance to act so we felt that he shouldn’t repay it with harm instead. We put a lot of pressure on him and he had to bear all of it because we really didn’t want everyone to end up not having enough time to eat or having to go home late (because of Yi Xi).

Do you ever worry that your child will be more popular than you?

Honestly, I feel that every parent is the same in hoping that their children will live better and more comfortable lives than they do. I believe that my parents felt the same way for me and likewise, really hope that my children can have better futures than I do.

Kristen Lim
Kristen Lim
26 Mar 2015

Kristen Lim

Proud parent: Darren Lim

Claim to fame: A role in upcoming StarHub drama, Jump Class

What’s the best and worst part of having your child in the spotlight?

The best part was to show her the importance of speaking Mandarin (since she has to speak fully in the language for the drama). The worst part would be that my worry that she would get big headed after receiving too much attention.

Would you advise your fellow celeb friends to allow their kids to step into the entertainment circle as well?

I’m sure my celeb friends should be alright with their kids stepping into the industry as they know where the dangers are and will surely point them out and warn their kids.

Do you ever worry that your child will be more popular than you?

If my daughter is done with her studies and being sure that this is what they want to do, and if they’re happy I would surely wish for them to be much, much more popular than me.

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