Rebecca Lim, Sheila Sim get into reel-life catfight over Elvin Ng

Eat Already? 4 is back for a new season, and this is just one of the many highlights that are in store

Rebecca Lim, Sheila Sim get into reel-life catfight over Elvin Ng
Rebecca Lim, Sheila Sim get into reel-life catfight over Elvin Ng
13 Nov 2017

Rebecca Lim, Sheila Sim get into reel-life catfight over Elvin Ng

After three successful seasons, Eat Already? 4 will return in February 2018 for what could be the series finale. This time around, Elvin Ng will reprise his role of Ah Bee after being absent for two seasons, and his character will also see his future self, Ah Tan (played by Richard Low) travel back in time to try to convince him to settle down while he’s still young.

Playing the roles of the women (yes, there’s more than one) in his life are Rebecca Lim and Sheila Sim, both of whom are taking on a dialect drama for the first time. While Rui Yun (played by Rebecca) plays the meek personal assistant to Ah Bee’s flamboyant towkay, Cheryl (played by Sheila) plays the femme fatale who tempts Ah Bee with vice.

Also joining in the cast are Zen Chong and Dennis Chew – Zen will play Rui Yun’s childhood friend who still holds a flame for her, while Dennis Chew will bring back Aunty Lucy to play, well, Aunty Lucy in the series.

Familiar faces that viewers can expect to see on the small screen include Zhu Houren, Chen Shucheng and Hong Huifang, whom, along with the new cast members, will once again share important messages and information with the pioneer generation.

During the lensing ceremony held yesterday morning (November 12), we spoke to the cast members about what they have in store this time around, along with how prepared the new cast members are to take on their very first dialect series.

Read on for more.

Zen Chong on why he’ll never be a full-time artiste again
Zen Chong on why he’ll never be a full-time artiste again
13 Nov 2017

Zen Chong on why he’ll never be a full-time artiste again

Zen, who is now a full-time property agent, shared that while he’s been taking on acting projects from time to time, chuckled that while he still loves acting, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll become a full-time artiste again.

“It didn’t take long for me to adapt to my career change; when I was an actor, I felt that hard work didn’t necessarily equate to results, and that’s what made me want to make a change,” he shared. “When I first started out, people would ask me, ‘Aren’t you an actor? Don’t you make a lot of money as an artiste?’ I’d just answer them with a smile.”

Apart from Eat Already? 4, he’s also been involved in various dramas, with the most recent being 118 II and The Queen. Zen let on that he picks projects that give him “the flexibility of time – after all, I have my other work to juggle, along with spending time with my kids that I also have to take into consideration”.

The protective father is so concerned about his daughter, Alyssa (2 years 7 months) and son, Eytan (1 year 4 months), that when we brought up the possibility of them ever joining showbiz when they grow older, he declared, “I’ll never let my kids join showbiz, even if they wanted to.”

(Continued on next slide: Rebecca Lim and Sheila Sim fight over Elvin Ng)

Rebecca Lim and Sheila Sim fight over Elvin Ng
Rebecca Lim and Sheila Sim fight over Elvin Ng
13 Nov 2017

Rebecca Lim and Sheila Sim fight over Elvin Ng

Ah Bee was the epitome of bad guy made good in the first season of Eat Already?, with the gambler becoming a chef after learning the fault of his ways.

This season, he returns with a much flashier image after he upgrades himself from a chef to a restaurant owner, and later a farm owner. With the expanded bank account also comes an expanded ego, and Elvin shared that his character’s over-the-top dressing was a clear indication of that.

“Now that he’s made it big, the way he walks, the clothes he wears now has seh (swagger) too!” he quipped. “During the previous season, I was all alone so I requested for girlfriends this time around, and look, I’ve got not one, but two gorgeous girlfriends this time, and they have to fight over me!”

Rebecca, who confessed to be the “weakest in dialect” among the trio, shared that she enlisted the help of her grandparents, who are fluent in Hokkien, prior to her audition.

“I didn’t know that Penang’s Hokkien is different from the kind that is spoken in Singapore! So I ended up saying some wrong things at the audition. I called my grandfather after it ended and told him that he was the cause of it!” she laughed.

Sheila, who confidently shared that she has no issue with conversing in dialect, mused that the problem she has to work on is slightly different – “I think when I speak in dialect, my inner ah lian automatically emerges,” she chuckled. “The director told me that I have to fix that, because he wants to show that you can be chic while speaking dialect, too.”

Playing the femme fatale who tempts Ah Bee into his old habits of gambling, Sheila let on that this will also be her “sexiest” role yet. “The stuff she wears is all pretty revealing, but it’s okay because I’m so close to Elvin, even if he wants to peek, he’ll just do it openly instead of trying to sneak a peek!” she grinned.

(Continued on next slide: Richard Low on his return to Channel 8)

Richard Low on his return to Channel 8
Richard Low on his return to Channel 8
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Richard Low on his return to Channel 8

Another familiar face we’re happy to welcome back this time is Richard Low, who will be taking on his first major role in a Channel 8 drama since 2015’s The Dream Makers II. Richard, who will also be filming Tanglin at the same time, shared that he was glad to have been able to work Eat Already? 4 into his filming schedule.

Playing the role of an older version of Ah Bee, Richard chuckled, “I’m 1.7m, but Elvin is over 1.8m! I’ve started preparing for the role – just look at my shoes, it has two inches of heel on the outside, and there’s an additional two inches of padding on the inside.”

Zhu Houren, who teamed up with Richard for the interview with Toggle, deadpanned, “It’s a known fact that you shrink when you get older, but shrinking by over 10cm is too much! Nobody would buy the idea of Richard being Elvin’s older self because of the height difference alone.”

The two old friends shared that while they’ll be glad to be working with each other after so many years, they might have to tone down on their language to make it broadcast-friendly. “Is the word limpeh (your father) allowed to be aired on TV? What about sibei?” they mused. “We probably need to check in with the director and scriptwriter before we start filming, or we might get too excited and blurt it out!”

(Continued on next slide: Chen Shucheng, Hong Huifang on renewing marital vows)

Chen Shucheng, Hong Huifang on renewing marital vows
Chen Shucheng, Hong Huifang on renewing marital vows
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Chen Shucheng, Hong Huifang on renewing marital vows

We were surprised to see this reel-life couple turn up in a wedding dress and tuxedo for the filming, and wondered if this meant that they’d be getting remarried this time around.

“To be honest, we wondered that too!” they laughed. “But no, this time around, our characters will be renewing our vows in the show. These days, doing so is getting more popular and we’ll be sharing more about that as well.”

Huifang went on that she and Zheng Geping have renewed their vows a decade ago in commemoration of their 15th wedding anniversary, and shared that they might very well do it again at their 50th anniversary.

“There were quite a few couples that went through with the ceremony back then – I think it’s become more popular now, and the fuzzy feeling you get after you go through with it reminds you of why you got married in the first place,” she smiled.

Shucheng, on the other hand, has yet to do so but shared that he too will consider going through with it at his 50th wedding anniversary. “You don’t have to do it so many times!” he jokingly chided Huifang, “Just once, during that very special anniversary is enough.”

(Continued on next slide: Dennis Chew on Aunty Lucy’s ‘first kiss’)

Dennis Chew on Aunty Lucy’s ‘first kiss’
Dennis Chew on Aunty Lucy’s ‘first kiss’
13 Nov 2017

Dennis Chew on Aunty Lucy’s ‘first kiss’

Bringing his popular character Aunty Lucy into Eat Already? 4, Dennis did the interview while in character, and shared that this time around, he’ll get to wear the Singapore Girl’s Sarong Kebaya – and in red, reserved for the most senior level, no less.

“This time around, Aunty Lucy is paired with Tak Gor and we have some sort of romantic relationship going on,” he let on. “But there won’t be any kisses. I don’t have any intention for Aunty Lucy to give her first on-screen kiss to anyone, so please spare me.”

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Tak Gor plays a character of the same name in Eat Already? 4
Tak Gor plays a character of the same name in Eat Already? 4
13 Nov 2017

Tak Gor plays a character of the same name in Eat Already? 4

This martial arts expert-turned-actor (don't worry, he's still choreographing stunt scenes) shared with us that the biggest change for him is this: "When it comes to stunts, I'm the one who's giving the orders, but when I'm acting, it turns out that I'm the one who has to listen to the orders instead!" he chuckled.

Karen Tan and Kelvin Tong
Karen Tan and Kelvin Tong
13 Nov 2017

Karen Tan and Kelvin Tong

Ministry of Communications and Information Public Communications Division's Senior Director, Karen Tan, along with the drama's director, Kelvin Tong, shared that they hope that there will be more seasons after Eat Already? 4 in order to share more information in an innovative and fun manner with the elderly.

The cast and crew, led by producer Theresa Teng, pray for smooth-sailing filming
The cast and crew, led by producer Theresa Teng, pray for smooth-sailing filming
13 Nov 2017

The cast and crew, led by producer Theresa Teng, pray for smooth-sailing filming

Say hello to the cast of Eat Already? 4!
Say hello to the cast of Eat Already? 4!
13 Nov 2017

Say hello to the cast of Eat Already? 4!

Eat Already? 4 debuts February 4 at 12pm.

WATCH: Rebecca Lim picked up tips on speaking Hokkien from her grandparents!

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