When local and international stars collide

We check out Singapore celebrities who met other famous folks from overseas (and shared about it on social media)

Yasminne Cheng, Sheila Sim, Jeanette Aw, Jade Seah & Amanda Seyfried
Yasminne Cheng, Sheila Sim, Jeanette Aw, Jade Seah & Amanda Seyfried
01 Jun 2017

Yasminne Cheng, Sheila Sim, Jeanette Aw, Jade Seah & Amanda Seyfried

Last week, Hollywood actress Amanda Seyfried - star of Mean GirlsMama Mia! and Les Misérables - was in town for the grand opening of beauty brand Clé de Peau Beauté's Mandarin Gallery store. While not everybody had the chance to get up close and personal with the blonde beauty, local celebs Yasminne Cheng, Sheila Sim, Jeanette Aw and Jade Seah had the pleasure of personally meeting - and snapping a photo - with her, as they proceeded to quickly share on their social media platforms.

While Jeanette simply called Amanda "a stunner", Sheila praised her as "beautiful inside and out", Yasminne exclaimed, "SHE'S SO LOVELY!!!" (caps lock and all) while Jade gushed about "her warmth and charm". It's certainly not every day you get to report firsthand about your encounter with an international star.

Feeling envious yet? You might as you continue clicking through our gallery of other Singapore celebrities who rubbed shoulders with high-profile figures from overseas:

Photos: Yasminne Cheng/Instagram, Sheila Sim/Instagram, Jeanette Aw/Instagram, Jade Seah/Instagram

Rosalyn Lee & Tom Cruise
Rosalyn Lee & Tom Cruise
01 Jun 2017

Rosalyn Lee & Tom Cruise

Rozz had nothing but endless praise for Tom Cruise, whom she met at the red carpet premiere of his new film The Mummy in Taipei.

In her caption, she reported that the Hollywood megastar told her that he loved her makeup (it is pretty cool) and that when she asked to see his eyes, "he immediately obliged" and removed his sunglasses. She also claimed that Tom is "the only [celebrity] who makes it a point to talk to EVERYONE", "spoke to every media rep with patience, grace and humour" and is "such a classy guy".

That's certainly nice to know!

Photo: Rosalyn Lee/Instagram

Jeffrey Xu & Simon Yam
Jeffrey Xu & Simon Yam
01 Jun 2017

Jeffrey Xu & Simon Yam

Jeffrey Xu was lucky enough to enjoy a full 10-minute conversation with the Hong Kong screen legend before taking this picture. While he reported that Simon Yam is "so friendly and charming", he also admitted he was "#nervoustothemax" during their encounter. Well, we don't blame him.

Photo: Jeffrey Xu/Instagram

Ang Junyang & David Tao
Ang Junyang & David Tao
01 Jun 2017

Ang Junyang & David Tao

During a recent trip back to Taiwan with his family, Ang Junyang had the chance to catch up with his idol David Tao (who looks kind of different from how we remember him, but that's beside the point).

Also in the picture is little Azalea Ang, who looks a little bit... confused? Don't worry, Azalea, you might find this cool when you're older.

Photo: Ang Junyang/Instagram

Lee Teng & Calvin Chen, Mickey Huang
Lee Teng & Calvin Chen, Mickey Huang
01 Jun 2017

Lee Teng & Calvin Chen, Mickey Huang

Lee Teng returned to his homeland Taiwan to attend Gong Yoo's fan meeting and press conference, but it was Mickey Huang (who hosted the events) and Calvin Chen (whose autograph session he attended) he took pictures with.

Photos: Lee Teng/Instagram

Julie Tan & Salt Bae
Julie Tan & Salt Bae
01 Jun 2017

Julie Tan & Salt Bae

During her trip to Turkey back in April, Julie Tan dropped by one of the steakhouses owned by Nusret Gökçe - or, as he's more commonly known by the meme-loving internet community, "Salt Bae" (centre). The chef found fame when a video of him dramatically cutting up and sprinkling salt on meat went viral online, and he currently boasts over 7.4 million followers on Instagram.

With Julie here is her real "bae" (a slang for one's significant other), whom she recently went public with online (although we're not sure whether they were already an item when this picture was taken).

Photo: Julie Tan/Instagram

Kate Pang & So Ji Sub
Kate Pang & So Ji Sub
01 Jun 2017

Kate Pang & So Ji Sub

Fun fact: After discovering this photo of her and the Hallyu hunk in our Star Awards 2017 Show 3 gallery, Kate Pang quickly asked us to e-mail her a high-resolution copy (we were with her when she was alerted to the shot). In her caption, she joked about finally looking cool in front of her peers, and gushed about how cute So Ji Sub is. Hmmm, wonder what Andie Chen makes of all of this...

Photo: Kate Pang/Instagram (photo originally by Toggle)

Kimberly Wang & Gordon Ramsay
Kimberly Wang & Gordon Ramsay
01 Jun 2017

Kimberly Wang & Gordon Ramsay

The appearance of the famously foul-mouthed celebrity chef on Kimberly Wang's feed prompted her followers to sputter out some colourful language of their own in the comments section. But doesn't he look as tame as a house cat here?

Photo: Kimberly Wang/Instagram

Kunhua & Yoga Lin
Kunhua & Yoga Lin
01 Jun 2017

Kunhua & Yoga Lin

Yoga Lin made a guest appearance on radio station YES 933 during his last visit to Singapore - but not before posing for a picture with DJ Kunhua.

Photo: Kunhua/Instagram

Felicia Chin & Louis Koo
Felicia Chin & Louis Koo
01 Jun 2017

Felicia Chin & Louis Koo

It looks like Felicia Chin didn't manage to snag a selfie with Louis Koo, but there we were to the rescue! You're welcome, Feli.

Photo: Felicia Chin/Instagram (original photo by Toggle)

Rebecca Lim & Song Joong Ki, 2NE1's CL
Rebecca Lim & Song Joong Ki, 2NE1's CL
21 Sep 2016

Rebecca Lim & Song Joong Ki, 2NE1's CL

While attending the Seoul International Drama Awards last year, Rebecca Lim became the envy of many K-drama fans when she snagged a once-in-a-lifetime picture with Korean heartthrob Song Joong Ki, most recently of Descendants of the Sun fame.

That wasn’t the first time Becks got to mingle with Hallyu hotshots: in November last year, she was photographed chatting with fierce 2NE1 leader CL at a fashion event.

Photos: Rebecca Lim/Instagram

Nathan Hartono, Lee Teng & Jay Chou
Nathan Hartono, Lee Teng & Jay Chou
21 Sep 2016

Nathan Hartono, Lee Teng & Jay Chou

It’s not every day you get to pose for a picture with the King of Mandopop himself, but for Nathan (who is Jay’s mentee on Sing!China) and Lee Teng (who brought Jay’s fashion label PHANTACi to Singapore shores), it’s a different story entirely.

Photo: Nathan Hartono/Instagram, Lee Teng/Instagram

JJ Lin & Jay Chou, Kim Jong Kook, Coco Lee, Ne-Yo, Jolin Tsai, CNBLUE’s Yonghwa
JJ Lin & Jay Chou, Kim Jong Kook, Coco Lee, Ne-Yo, Jolin Tsai, CNBLUE’s Yonghwa
21 Sep 2016

JJ Lin & Jay Chou, Kim Jong Kook, Coco Lee, Ne-Yo, Jolin Tsai, CNBLUE’s Yonghwa

Of course, another way you’d be able to take pictures with Jay Chou is if you were another Mandopop prince as well, such as our talented homeboy. As an international celebrity himself, JJ regularly hangs out with loads of other famous folks and has also worked with some of them, such as Running Man star Kim Jong Kook (JJ composed and produced his debut Chinese single) and CNBLUE frontman Yonghwa, whom he collaborated with for single ‘Checkmate’.

Photos: JJ Lin/Instagram

Aileen Tan & Aaron Eckhart
Aileen Tan & Aaron Eckhart
21 Sep 2016

Aileen Tan & Aaron Eckhart

Look who the veteran actress ran into at the Xi’an Silk Road International Film Festival: American actor Aaron Eckhart, who is best known for his role as Harvey Dent/Two-Face in The Dark Knight. “He is so friendly, this is awesome!” Aileen gushed in her caption. This is awesome, indeed.

Photo: Aileen Tan/Instagram

Terence Cao, Tong Bing Yu & Vanness Wu
Terence Cao, Tong Bing Yu & Vanness Wu
21 Sep 2016

Terence Cao, Tong Bing Yu & Vanness Wu

Not long after Ken Chu’s wedding, Terence shared a picture of himself with a friend and Ken’s F4 bandmate Vanness in Bali, where the ceremony was held, arousing speculation about whether Terence had been a guest as well.

Almost two weeks later, it was Bing Yu’s turn to post a shot of herself, Terence and a topless, muscular Vanness on a beach. Although she doesn’t reveal much details in her caption, we reckon this is a #throwback shot to the wedding Bali trip.

Photos: Terence Cao/Instagram, Tong Bing Yu/Instagram

Elvin Ng & Nico Rosberg
Elvin Ng & Nico Rosberg
21 Sep 2016

Elvin Ng & Nico Rosberg

Anyone can go to see the Formula One races, but not everyone can have the opportunity to score a photograph with the star drivers. Elvin, however, managed to meet and snap one with Germany’s Nico Rosberg, who recently won the Singapore Grand Prix.

Photo: Elvin Ng/Instagram

Eleanor Lee & EXO’s Lay
Eleanor Lee & EXO’s Lay
21 Sep 2016

Eleanor Lee & EXO’s Lay

We’re sure many EXO fangirls would have done anything to trade places with Quan Yi Fong’s little girl when she landed a part in an ice-cream commercial with the wildly popular K-pop band’s only Chinese member.

Photo: Eleanor Lee/Instagram

Nat Ho & Vivian Hsu
Nat Ho & Vivian Hsu
21 Sep 2016

Nat Ho & Vivian Hsu

Well now, look who is chummy enough with the Taiwanese star to be invited to her son Dalton’s first birthday party! Care to introduce us, Nat?

Photo: Nat Ho/Instagram

Jeanette Aw & Jay Park, Myolie Wu
Jeanette Aw & Jay Park, Myolie Wu
21 Sep 2016

Jeanette Aw & Jay Park, Myolie Wu

Over three years after their first meeting at the 2012 Star Awards, Jeanette and the South Korean hip-hop star’s paths crossed again at a fashion event in August last year. Then, this year’s Star Awards gave her the chance to get acquainted with another overseas celeb – this time, it was Hong Kong actress Myolie Wu, who also presented three trophies to her.

Photos: Jeanette Aw/Instagram

Kym Ng & Nancy Wu, Roger Kwok, Kenneth Ma
Kym Ng & Nancy Wu, Roger Kwok, Kenneth Ma
23 Sep 2016

Kym Ng & Nancy Wu, Roger Kwok, Kenneth Ma

The bubbly blonde host's seemingly casual "#aboutlastnight" post was lent some serious star power by the three Hong Kong TVB heavyweights at a recent event she hosted.

Photo: Kym Ng/Instagram

Romeo Tan, Hayley Woo & Chen Bolin
Romeo Tan, Hayley Woo & Chen Bolin
21 Sep 2016

Romeo Tan, Hayley Woo & Chen Bolin

Making a cameo appearance in 2011 drama In Time with You gave the duke the perfect chance to take a pic with the show’s leading man, Taiwanese heartthrob Chen Bolin. Hayley also got to take some squeal-inducing wefies with him much more recently (Bolin with the smile and peace sign is too cute for words).

Photo: Romeo Tan/Facebook, Hayley Woo/Instagram

Carrie Wong & Anthony Wong, Sonia Sui, Charmaine Sheh
Carrie Wong & Anthony Wong, Sonia Sui, Charmaine Sheh
21 Sep 2016

Carrie Wong & Anthony Wong, Sonia Sui, Charmaine Sheh

We love how Carrie looks calm, composed and chic on the outside, but is probably dying of excitement on the inside. Then again, we’d be exactly the same way too (although probably nowhere as chic).

Photos: Carrie Wong/Instagram

Cheryl Wee & Donnie Yen
Cheryl Wee & Donnie Yen
21 Sep 2016

Cheryl Wee & Donnie Yen

Imagine being in the presence of martial arts movie royalty! The Mata Mata and Love, Sinema star attended a luxury watch brand’s dinner celebration, which Donnie and his wife Cecilia Wang also graced as the event’s special guests, and quickly seized the opportunity to have a picture taken with the Hong Kong superstar.

Photo: Cheryl Wee/Instagram

Ben Yeo & Kevin Cheng
Ben Yeo & Kevin Cheng
21 Sep 2016

Ben Yeo & Kevin Cheng

Did you know that the local host and the Hong Kong actor, who met on the set of TVB drama Yummy Yummy 13 years ago, are BFFs? Kevin is even godfather to Ben’s two sons, and we got a glimpse of their adorable relationship during Kevin’s most recent visit to town, when Ben shared a picture of one of his boys showing off a Pikachu drawing for “Godpa n Aunty Grace” (referring to Kevin’s girlfriend, actress Grace Chan). Now isn’t that sweet?

Photos: Ben Yeo/Facebook

Ian Fang & Anthony Wong, Hui Shiu Hung
Ian Fang & Anthony Wong, Hui Shiu Hung
21 Sep 2016

Ian Fang & Anthony Wong, Hui Shiu Hung

In the span of about four months, the duke had the chance to rub elbows with two highly-respected and well-established veteran Hong Kong actors - Anthony at last year’s Star Awards after-party, and Shiu Hung in Beijing, where Ian attended a TV and film festival with fellow dukes Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan.

Photos: Ian Fang/Instagram

Belinda Lee & Jessie J
Belinda Lee & Jessie J
21 Sep 2016

Belinda Lee & Jessie J

Belinda reaped the perks of big event-hosting when she scored a photograph with British singing powerhouse Jessie J, who was performing at the party with Taiwanese diva A-Mei. In her caption, Belinda revealed that although there was limited time for photograph opportunities with the singer, Jessie “offered to take a pic with me cos she commented that I looked too beautiful to not have any pics taken at all (sic)”. Well, that was certainly very sweet of her.

Photo: Belinda Lee/Instagram

Pierre Png & Bowie Lam
Pierre Png & Bowie Lam
01 Jun 2017

Pierre Png & Bowie Lam

"Always a treat to be in the company of Hong Kong greats!" wrote Pierre Png next to his picture with the veteran TVB actor, who was a guest star at this year's Star Awards. Pierre also met another Hong Kong star, Chow Yun Fat, last year (more on that in the next slide).

Photo: Pierre Png/Instagram

Lin Pei Fen & Chow Yun Fat, Eddie Peng, Aaron Kwok
Lin Pei Fen & Chow Yun Fat, Eddie Peng, Aaron Kwok
21 Sep 2016

Lin Pei Fen & Chow Yun Fat, Eddie Peng, Aaron Kwok

“This has to be my wefie of the year”, wrote the YES 933 DJ next to this pretty envy-inducing photo of herself with the three superstars of Cold War 2 when they were in town to promote the film. And that’s not all: the photo was snapped by none other than the selfie king himself, Chow Yun Fat.

Just as excited to meet Yun Fat was Pierre, who managed to shake hands with the veteran actor during the gala premiere of the movie.

Photos: Lin Pei Fen/Instagram, Pierre Png/Instagram

Rosalyn Lee attends the Emmys
Rosalyn Lee attends the Emmys
21 Sep 2016

Rosalyn Lee attends the Emmys

Before she hung out with Tom Cruise, the Lush 99.5FM DJ was fortunate enough to have the chance to attend the 2016 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, where she got chummy with some of TV’s biggest stars such as the child actors from Stranger Things, Key & Peele star Keegan-Michael Key (she even got to hold his trophy) and Ellie Kemper of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. How lucky for her!

Photos: Rosalyn Lee/Instagram

Chua En Lai & Jessica Jung, Adam Lambert, Chris Hemsworth
Chua En Lai & Jessica Jung, Adam Lambert, Chris Hemsworth
21 Sep 2016

Chua En Lai & Jessica Jung, Adam Lambert, Chris Hemsworth

The local funnyman had the chance to pose with the former Girls’ Generation member and American Idol runner-up when they came on as guests to his talk shows, but when it came to the chaotic The Huntsman red carpet premiere, all he could do was sneak a selfie with Chris (but it’s way better than nothing!).

Photos: Chua En Lai/Instagram

Sharon Au & Shin Mina
Sharon Au & Shin Mina
21 Sep 2016

Sharon Au & Shin Mina

When the Korean actress (and Kim Woo Bin’s squeeze) popped down to Singapore for the opening of a jewellery brand she endorses, Sharon played her part as a good host and took her special guest out for – what else? – chilli crab.

Photo: Sharon Au/Instagram

Fann Wong & Jang Hyuk
Fann Wong & Jang Hyuk
21 Sep 2016

Fann Wong & Jang Hyuk

Our radiant Ah Jie and the South Korean hunk were reunited again in 2015, after first meeting as co-stars on the set of 2008 film Dance of the Dragon. They both aged well, didn’t they?

Photo: Fann Wong/Instagram

Yvonne Lim & George Clooney
Yvonne Lim & George Clooney
21 Sep 2016

Yvonne Lim & George Clooney

The yummy mummy got up close and personal with Hollywood royalty at an Omega event in Shanghai - sizzling silver fox George Clooney himself. We could almost hear the sound of countless female fans wailing in envy when this picture was posted.

Photo: Yvonne Lim/Twitter

Julie Tan & Dal Shabet, Jay Park
Julie Tan & Dal Shabet, Jay Park
21 Sep 2016

Julie Tan & Dal Shabet, Jay Park

Two years after she first met girl group Dal Shabet while filming a Channel U variety show in South Korea, Julie was reunited with them when they came to Singapore for a showcase two years ago (in fact, the band fondly reminisced about their time spent with the local starlet in our interview). A few days before that, Jay appeared joined her and her friends for drinks at a local bar. Just how wide is Julie’s social circle?

Photos: Julie Tan/Instagram

Benjamin Kheng & Darren Criss
Benjamin Kheng & Darren Criss
21 Sep 2016

Benjamin Kheng & Darren Criss

Not only did the Sam Willows crooner get to attend the red carpet premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the US, but he also got to hang out with Glee star Darren Criss. Some people have all the luck!

Photo: Benjamin Kheng/Instagram

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