Sora Ma and Zheng Ge Ping act as a May-December couple

The production team has stirred things up by asking the latter’s wife Hong Hui Fang to play the role of Sora Ma’s mother in the show

Sora Ma and Zheng Ge Ping act as a May-December couple

Photos: Isadora Ong
Video: Tan Shi Qi

MediaCorp artistes Zheng Ge Ping and Sora Ma, who are going to be co-stars for the first time, were immediately met with one of their biggest challenges by acting as a May-December couple in Channel 8’s upcoming drama Hand in Hand.

On Thursday, Sora, Ge Ping and other leading actors like Bryan Wong, Jesseca Liu, Seraph Sun, Aloysius Pang and Ben Yeo attended the media visit at one of their regular filming sets and shared about their characters and their filming experience.

Sora Ma and Zheng Ge Ping act as a May-December couple

Sora, who will be playing one of her meatiest roles in her acting career so far, quipped about her character's complicated love triangle involving Bryan and Ge Ping.

The 31-year-old, who plays a lawyer named He Xin Ying in her thirties, gets acquainted with Bryan’s character Hong Mei Qiang and his family as she is placed in charge of the execution of the will of their just-deceased mother.

Though they eventually develop feelings for each other, she is already married to Ge Ping’s character Chen Hao Nan, a decision made unwillingly to escape the fate of marrying a man chosen by her mother.

As if the tussle between the two men is not already a challenge for Sora’s acting skills, the production team has increased the level of difficulty by inviting Hong Hui Fang to play her mother.

One could easily imagine the awkwardness between Sora, Ge Ping and Hui Fang on set when the on-screen couple have to act lovingly in front of Ge Ping’s real wife.

However, Sora shared in her interview with Toggle that she did not feel uneasy about the arrangement and even teased that she had “rightfully snatched Hui Fang’s husband” as Hui Fang agreed and pushed for their marriage in the show.

Zheng Ge Ping is not worried that Hong Hui Fang will be jealous

Though Ge Ping and Sora have a jarring age gap of 20 years in reality, the pair shared that they have no qualms when acting out intimate scenes in Hand in Hand.

Ge Ping revealed that Sora even made a personal request to the director to switch up the level of intimacy between the two in a kissing scene, changing the original plan of kissing Ge Ping’s face to locking lips.

Although the two are open with the boundaries of their intimate scenes on-screen, they remain respectful and draw clear boundaries once the “cut” signal is given on set.

Sora explained, “My friendship with Hui Fang is similar to a pair of sisters and we will also share about our personal lives with each other. As I know that Ge Ping is ‘my sister’s other half’, I am aware of the boundaries and the need to be respectful to him.”

Ge Ping added, “Hui Fang and I dote on her a lot as she is our junior in the industry. However, Sora and I still felt a little awkward initially (about acting as a couple) during our imaging session.”

However, he emphasised that he and Hui Fang are veterans in the industry and is not worried that she will be jealous, as they are able to make a distinction between work and reality.

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