Photos: Dion Tang
Video: Teng Siew Eng, Tay Yixuan
While her dream has yet to come true in reality, Dawn Yeoh will get to experience the life of a singer in upcoming Ch8 drama Crescendo.
Along with her co-stars Christopher Lee, Tay Ping Hui, Darren Lim, Jacelyn Tay, Ann Kok and Jeffrey Xu, Dawn visited The Sultan hotel for the filming of a concert scene on Monday. The star of the scene was none than her character Fang Xin Yi.
According to the production team, local actress Mindee Ong was initially cast for the role, but she eventually pulled out from the show due to health reasons. As Dawn “received the notice at the last minute”, she did not know that she was replacing Mindee at first. “I didn’t have time to react!” she said smiling.
A stark contrast to Dawn’s cheerful personality, Fang Xin Yi is said to be a “very sad” character which makes it especially challenging for the actress. To get into the role, Dawn chose to read and listen to music at a quiet corner during filming breaks, instead of engaging in conversation with the rest of the crew.
“Some people may think that I am isolating myself or acting emo, but I’m really not,” she explained.
Although Dawn has loved singing since her school days, the 29-year-old will unfortunately not get a chance to showcase her vocals in Crescendo. “Because of copyright issues, all the Xinyao tracks will be performed by the original singers,” she shared. “It’s so regretful. I really want to sing! Director, can you hear me?”
The saccharine-sweet thespian, who plays the piano, may have yet to attend any singing classes, but she has recently started picking up guitar skills from reknowned local musician Roy Loi (Li Fei Hui). “When I strum the guitar and sing at the same time, it triggers my inspiration,” she asserted.
Visibly passionate about becoming a singer, Dawn revealed that she has informed her management agency Catwalk of her wishes. “If possible, I would like to write my own songs too. (What are the chances of an album in the near future?) I am all prepared! As long as the record company is willing to work with me, I won’t rule out the possibility [of releasing an album],” exclaimed the actress.
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In Crescendo, Jeffrey Xu plays Xu Wen Jie, a sound engineer in a concert production company. The MediaCorp duke, who has numerous scenes with the veteran actors, described the camaraderie between Chris, Ping Hui and Darren as “spine-chilling”.
“Sometimes they would add in some lines or actions which are not in the script or rehearsed. But they seem to know what each other is thinking of and are able to continue acting naturally,” Jeffrey said in awe.
And it appears that the affable actor would never run out of topics to chat with his seniors. “Darren da ge is very friendly. He cracks jokes all the time and I poke fun at him too. I feel very happy when I meet him. He’s the least intimidating [among the three],” Jeffrey revealed.
“Chris da ge has made a name for himself overseas, yet he is still willing to share his experience with me and to teach me more about the outside world,” he added. “As for Ping Hui da ge, I talk to him about investment and finance topics.”
During the interview, Jeffrey let on that he had used the cash prize from winning Star Search 2010 for property investment in his hometown. After his flat was sold by the developer, the Shanghai-born actor received a sum of monetary compensation. With support from his parents, the 26-year-old plans to set up a home in Singapore.
“[It is a] pity that two of my previous applications for Permanent Residence (PR) were both unsuccessful. I will try again next year,” he affirmed.
Calling himself an “uncle”, Jeffrey has already started looking for suitable flats and he hopes to purchase one that is located near good schools so that his future kids would not have to go through balloting.
Speaking as if he already has a partner to settle down and have kids with, is Jeffrey currently dating anyone right now?
The actor quickly denied the claim and replied: “This is called ‘saving for a rainy day’. When I have a house, then I can focus on searching for The One!”
This interview is translated by Dang Hui Ling.
Crescendo premieres October 22, every Monday to Friday at 9pm on Channel 8.
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