Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge

The daughter of local actors Zheng Ge Ping and Hong Hui Fang is now a full-time artiste

Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge
Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge
27 Jul 2017

Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge

Photos: Toh Zi Yi, Camelia Ting
Video: Genice Ooi

The new generation is in town, and they’re raring to go. Following the introduction of a number of  second-generation celebrities, who will be starring in the upcoming Channel 8 drama, While We Are Young, Tay Ying, the oldest child of local actors Zheng Ge Ping and Hong Hui Fang throws her hat into the fray, having signed an artiste contract with celebrity hairstylist Addy Lee’s 3X Media Production.

Tay Ying met the media for the first time as a signed artiste yesterday at the opening party of Addy’s new salon, M Nature, where she was also announced as the new ambassador for hair care brand Shisedo Professional’s latest Airy Flow line, aimed at young millennials. The bustling party was also given an added dose of star power courtesy of Zheng Ge Ping, Hong Hui Fang, Quan Yi Fong and Zhang Zhen Huan, just to name a few.

In an interview with Toggle, the 21-year-old shared more about her decision to enter the entertainment industry, her upcoming plans, and the effect her celebrity parents’ reputation had on her.

“I didn’t enter this industry earlier because I was in school, and I was 110 percent committed to my studies. I also had certain expectations of myself, and I didn’t feel like I had the proper skills [at that time]. After all, my parents are in this industry, and they have a reputation [to uphold]. I felt like I couldn’t just come in and experiment [with what I want to do], because it might spoil their [reputation],” she trails off, adding an embarrassed laugh at the end.

However, one year on, the fledgling actress is now confident that she will be able to step out into the limelight on her own, with the skills gleaned from her time spent as a dancer at Temasek Polytechnic.

“I’ve known from the start that I’m not someone who can work in a nine-to-five job, because I’ve personally tried it, and [it wasn’t for me]. I enjoy performing, and before this, I’ve done dance and commercial shoots,” the Hospitality & Tourism Management diploma graduate shared.

Of course, with her younger brother, Calvert Tay in the industry—and same artiste agency—as well, comparisons are inevitable. The 17-year-old had shared in a previous interview that he was negatively affected by comments that his older sister had more star-power than him, which Ge Ping also addressed recently.

When asked for her thoughts on these, Tay Ying was full of support for her younger brother.

“I know that deep down, he has this insecurity, but I beg to differ, and in my opinion, I think that he’s a lot more passionate [about acting], between the both of us.  He has the right attitude and a very very good heart,” she shared, adding that it’ll be cool if they could act alongside the other one day.

Click on to find out what advice Tay Ying’s celebrity parents have for her.

Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge
Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge
27 Jul 2017

Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge

“We weren’t surprised that she’s entering the industry,” Ge Ping and Hui Fang shared in a joint interview yesterday, adding, “She has always been with us, learning how the industry works as she grew up, so we’re letting her explore her choices and decide for herself her future career path.
“As long as it isn’t illegal,” Hui Fang chuckled.

Doting father Ge Ping also let on that as Tay Ying writes well, and has an interest in travel and lifestyle, he feels that she “will be a good host.”

“All her vlogs[ video blogs] and blog posts are fully written and produced by her, so she’ll do well in that aspect as well,” he added.

The couple was also chock-full of advice for their daughter, now that she will be ‘entering the workforce’.

“[She’ll] have to know how to protect herself. There will definitely be a lot of rumours, but don’t take it to heart. The more you care about it, the more it’ll hurt you. Don’t pay these rumours too much heed,” Hui Fang offered.

“There will be the internet [keyboard] warriors [as well], but,  I feel that if other people criticise you, and you feel that those are areas in which you can improve on, then work on it. However, if those comments are purely malicious, then just pay it no heed,” Ge Ping added.

Click on to find out what upcoming projects Tay Ying will have!

Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge
Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge
27 Jul 2017

Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge

The starlet, who looks up to Filipina singer-actress Lea Salonga, as well as Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, shared that she will be appearing in upcoming Channel 5 drama, Missing, as a supporting character in the months to come. The English drama is produced by WaWa Pictures and lead actors Pierre Png and Rebecca Lim are currently filming the show in Thailand.

Additionally, Tay Ying will also be producing and starring in an online vlog series introducing and recommending different local food haunts, something that she’s “quite excited for” as well.

Click on for more pictures from the party!

The celebrity guests are all smiles for the camera
The celebrity guests are all smiles for the camera
27 Jul 2017

The celebrity guests are all smiles for the camera

L-R: Zhang Zhen Huan, Zheng Ge Ping, Hong Hui Fang, Tay Ying, Addy Lee, Calvert Tay, Chantalle Ng, Hong Junyang, Quan Yifong

Michelle Tay, Chen Xiuhuan, Vivian Lai and Joanna Theng join in on the celebrations
Michelle Tay, Chen Xiuhuan, Vivian Lai and Joanna Theng join in on the celebrations
27 Jul 2017

Michelle Tay, Chen Xiuhuan, Vivian Lai and Joanna Theng join in on the celebrations

Hong Junyang, Zhang Zhen Huan and Pornsak
Hong Junyang, Zhang Zhen Huan and Pornsak
27 Jul 2017

Hong Junyang, Zhang Zhen Huan and Pornsak

Quan Yifong
Quan Yifong
27 Jul 2017

Quan Yifong

Vivian Lai
Vivian Lai
27 Jul 2017

Vivian Lai

Hong Hui Fang and Chen Xiuhuan
Hong Hui Fang and Chen Xiuhuan
27 Jul 2017

Hong Hui Fang and Chen Xiuhuan

Chantalle Ng
Chantalle Ng
27 Jul 2017

Chantalle Ng

Addy and Tay Ying
Addy and Tay Ying
27 Jul 2017

Addy and Tay Ying

Zheng Ge Ping and Tay Ying
Zheng Ge Ping and Tay Ying
27 Jul 2017

Zheng Ge Ping and Tay Ying

Hong Huifang and Tay Ying
Hong Huifang and Tay Ying
27 Jul 2017

Hong Huifang and Tay Ying

Shiseido's representative with Addy and Tay Ying
Shiseido's representative with Addy and Tay Ying
27 Jul 2017

Shiseido's representative with Addy and Tay Ying

Tay Ying inks the deal
Tay Ying inks the deal
27 Jul 2017

Tay Ying inks the deal

Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge
Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge
27 Jul 2017

Zheng Ge Ping’s daughter Tay Ying takes showbiz plunge

A picture together with the staff
A picture together with the staff
27 Jul 2017

A picture together with the staff

The ribbon-cutting ceremony
The ribbon-cutting ceremony
27 Jul 2017

The ribbon-cutting ceremony

Watch:
What advice did Zheng Ge Ping and Hong HuiFang give to their daughter Tay Ying?

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