Photos: Dion Tang, Channel 8
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Paige Chua is secretly a bit of a softie.
The 34-year-old is playing the part of a conflicted mistress (opposite Terence Cao) in the upcoming Channel 8 drama Beyond Words, but she defended her character, saying, “She isn’t a vain person — through this role I got to understand what third parties go through and why they make the choices they do.”
The actress said that while selecting the roles, the drama’s producer was more worried than she was and feared she couldn’t accept the character. “As long as there are no intimate scenes or anything R21, it’s fine,” Paige said.
At the press conference for Beyond Words on March 1, Paige let us in on what’s she’s really like when she’s with her boyfriend of 12 years — she’s definitely not cool and aloof with him.
How do you romance your partner?
I’ll say “I love you” in a direct manner, it doesn’t have to be very elaborate. When I’m in love, I’m a sweet, affectionate person, and I say “I love you.”
If you are to declare your love in the most imaginative way you can, you will …
Book a round-the-world flight and tell him, “This is a journey of love, and I’ll love you all 365 days.” If there isn’t the money, we’ll go backpacking instead.
After you return from working overseas for a while, the first thing you do when you see your partner is …
When we don’t get to meet, it’s enough to send a text message or a smiley. And then when we do meet, we’ll usually hug first.
When your partner makes you angry, what must he do to cheer you up?
When I’m angry I don’t talk, and he has to give me space and let me calm down. And it would be best if he served my favourite spaghetti bolognese after I cool off — that would bring the argument to an end, haha!
How long does it take for you to cool off?
It depends on how serious the matter is. Perhaps a day? It’s never gotten so bad that I had to leave the house or the country. Our quarrels usually don’t drag on to the next day, or I wouldn’t be able to sleep. (Would you make the first move to resolve the disagreement?) It doesn’t always have to be the guy who makes the first move, and sometimes I’ll text him first and ask, “Can we talk?”
What’s something you’ve done for your partner that you still find unbelievable?
I’m particular about my privacy and I dislike having others go through my belongings. One ex-boyfriend thought my wallet was too heavy and he cleared it out, throwing out name cards I no longer needed and other items I had completely forgotten about. The wallet ended up losing a lot of weight.
This isn’t something I would normally do, but it’s only when I love someone deeply that I would let him manage my belongings.
If you could describe you or your partner as a superhero, which one(s) would you be?
I like Iron Man, so I hope my partner is as humorous as he. Personally I’m fond of Jean Grey from X Men, but I don’t know whether Iron Man and Jean Grey would make a good match, haha!
Beyond Words debuts March 17, 9 p.m. on Channel 8.
This story first appeared on toggle.sg/ch
Story by Dion Tang