Ian Fang’s 2017 goal: To find a girlfriend

He plays a mute character for the first time in dialect drama series Eat Already? 2

Ian Fang’s 2017 goal: To find a girlfriend
Ian Fang’s 2017 goal: To find a girlfriend
11 Feb 2017

Ian Fang’s 2017 goal: To find a girlfriend

Video: Vina Chia

Dialect drama series Eat Already? 2 is back with a bang. With the original series garnering over 200,000 viewers on television per episode during its run, it’s no surprise that season two will be returning to our small screens later this month.

“This time, there are a lot of heavier topics that we will touch on - such as sex scams and elderly abuse,” director Royston Tan revealed. The series will also be welcoming a brand-new cast which includes Ian Fang, Zhang Yao Dong and Hong Hui Fang.

Speaking to Toggle at an interview after the boisterous press conference held at the Bedok Town Square, Royston let on, “One of the most outstanding performances this time around came from Ian - he plays a mute character in the series but was able to grab all our attention even with a simple look or action (...) Before filming started, I told him that it was either make it or break it for him this time around, and I’m happy to share that he definitely made it.”

We conveyed the director’s high praise to Ian during our interview with him, which made the 27-year-old break out in a contented smile. “My friend’s younger brother is mute - I thought of the way that he communicates with everyone on a day-to-day basis when I was preparing for my role,” he explained. “I also needed to learn the sign language - the very basic ones, at the very least - for me to be able to convincingly play my role, so I went online and watched videos to pick this up.”

Continued on next slide: What made Ian tear up in the middle of his interview with us?

The cast and crew had a louhei session at the end of the press conference
The cast and crew had a louhei session at the end of the press conference
11 Feb 2017

The cast and crew had a louhei session at the end of the press conference

Ian recently jetted back to Singapore after going back to Shanghai for the Chinese New Year Holidays. Speaking about his annual trip home during the Chinese New Year period to visit his family - in particular, his mother and grandmother, caused the typically cheeky actor to get misty-eyed midway through the interview. He paused to compose himself and was only able to continue speaking to us after a minute or so.

“When you talk about going home, you think that you can do a lot but in reality, the only thing I did was to chat with my grandma, have meals with her or wash her feet. As she gets older, she’s also getting hard of hearing so there’s only so much I can do for her,” he shared.

Moving on to a happier topic, we asked if going home also meant enduring constant nagging from his family members about tying the knot. “Both my grandma and mom dote on me a lot,” Ian chuckled. “They’re alright even if I don’t get married, as long as I’m happy.”

Continued on next slide: Ian's shares his plans for the rest of the year

The cast was all decked out in festive hues
The cast was all decked out in festive hues
11 Feb 2017

The cast was all decked out in festive hues

Despite his family members’ lack of egging to find his partner in life, we probed if he will have good news to share in the near future, especially after many of his fellow stars found love in 2016.“I long (for a relationship) too. I’ll find a girlfriend that I love this year - that’s something that I’ve told myself,” Ian declared.

As for his work plans for the rest of the year, he teased, “It’s been pretty quiet lately but I’m preparing for a number of things at the moment. I’ll let everyone know when the time is right.”

Eat Already? 2 premieres February 24, 12pm on Channel 8.

Catch up on the full series of Eat Already? on Toggle.

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Royston Tan
Royston Tan
11 Feb 2017

Royston Tan

Having helmed both Eat Already? and Eat Already? 2, we asked Royston if he will be directing the third instalment of the series should there be one. "This is goodbye for me and the Eat Already? series!" he chuckled. "I need to retreat to my cave and work on my movies - I've already delayed one of them for too long!"

The cast of Eat Already? 2 were punished for yawning on set by paying a S$10 or S$5 fine
The cast of Eat Already? 2 were punished for yawning on set by paying a S$10 or S$5 fine
11 Feb 2017

The cast of Eat Already? 2 were punished for yawning on set by paying a S$10 or S$5 fine

The amount that you were fined with depends on whether or not you got caught on camera - for those who were lucky enough to yawn off-camera, they received a 50 per cent discount on the fine and were only made to fork out S$5.

The pool of money would then be used to buy snacks for the cast and crew.

Can you guess who got caught for yawning the most in this season?
Can you guess who got caught for yawning the most in this season?
11 Feb 2017

Can you guess who got caught for yawning the most in this season?

Royston chuckled that the undisputed Queen of Yawning was Li Bao En (fourth from left), who was fined about S$80 in total. In comparison, last season's winner of this dubious honour was Wang Lei, who had to fork out S$150 for his non-stop yawning.

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