The “Speak English” movement with Rui En (and the cast of ‘Have A Little Faith’)

The actors of upcoming Channel 8 drama had an unorthodox way to pass time during filming


Photos: Toh Zi Yi, Channel 8
Video: Genice Ooi

Oftentimes, filming is a long and drawn-out process, with loads of waiting in between takes as the director films take after take. For the actors, they are mostly stuck in limbo between takes, unable to indulge in big meals or the like, for fear of ruining their character’s clothes or make-up.

So, what do they do during filming breaks?

For the cast of upcoming Channel 8 drama, Have A Little Faith, they indulged in a very unconventional activity to kill time on set – they started conversing in English – and English only.

Local actress Rui En, who plays a swindler who robs from the rich to give to the poor, spearheaded the little game.

Whilst she was absent from the press conference yesterday (she’s said to be on an “extended long break” currently), her co-stars readily shared more information about their “Speak English” movement that originated from their time spent together.

The game first started between Rui En and Zhang Zhen Huan, who plays the actress’ love interest, a fashion designer with a hidden secret in the drama.

“Zhen Huan, you’ve been in Singapore for so long, why don’t you try speaking in English more often,” the actor shared, recounting what Rui En had told him one day.

“I thought she was joking at first, but she really went ahead with it!” he shared with a hint of incredulity in his voice.


Slowly, the game gained traction amongst the cast, with veteran actor Chen Shu Cheng, who plays a miserly fortune-teller and landlord, and the father of Jeffrey Xu’s character, gamely joining in.

Never one to lose out, local entertainer Marcus Chin, who plays Jayley Woo’s father in the show, a twice-married man with a love for gambling, and Jeffrey Xu, who plays an aspiring director, stepped up to the challenge as well.

“Zhen Huan’s intonation is really very ‘Chinese’,” Marcus reveals, adding, “Shu Cheng’s Teochew-style English is very funny as well.”

As for the 63-year-old radio DJ, he was of course, up for the task. “Yes, come on! My English, no limit,” he declared in English during his interview with Toggle.

One by one, Rui En then managed to get everyone, including the crew members, to eventually take part in the game.

Click on to find out how Jeffrey Xu “practised” beforehand for the game.

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