Chen Hanwei is Zoe Tay, Desmond Tan’s ‘guardian angel’

The cast of ‘You Can Be An Angel 3’ tells us why they regard some of their fellow celebs as their guardian angels

The cast of 'You Can Be An Angel 3' at the lensing ceremony last week
The cast of 'You Can Be An Angel 3' at the lensing ceremony last week
20 Jun 2018

The cast of 'You Can Be An Angel 3' at the lensing ceremony last week

Videos: Aaron Ho

You Can Be An Angel 3 will makes its highly-anticipated return to our screens this year. For this sequel, we have familiar faces such as Zoe Tay and Carrie Wong, and a host of new faces such as Desmond Tan, Pierre Png, Joshua Tan and Paige Chua putting on the nurse uniform for the very first time.

The nursing series will once again follow the lives of nurses, with this season highlighting the Community Care Team (CCT), where teams of nurses work with patients, their families and the communities where these individuals live and work.

Ahead of the show’s debut in October, we took the opportunity to ask the actors more about their respective roles at the drama’s lensing ceremony last week. Riding on the show’s theme about ‘angel’s, we also quizzed the artistes about their real-life ‘guardian angels’ in showbiz – after all, not all angels have wings, just like not all heroes wear capes.

Zoe Tay and Aileen Tan also shared with us more about their holiday to Australia, whereas Joshua Tan, Bonnie Loo and Edwin Goh revealed why they regard Pierre Png as an angel in demon’s clothing.

For all that and more, read on for the full story.

Zoe Tay, Aileen Tan and Jazreel Low’s on-screen reunion after 30 years
Zoe Tay, Aileen Tan and Jazreel Low’s on-screen reunion after 30 years
20 Jun 2018

Zoe Tay, Aileen Tan and Jazreel Low’s on-screen reunion after 30 years

Did you know that Zoe Tay, Aileen Tan and Jazreel Low were all contestants – and were ranked champion, first and second runner up respectively – at the inaugural Star Search held in 1988? The trio reunite for the first time in three decades in You Can Be An Angel 3, as they gushed, “We’ve grown so much in the past 30 years. Being able to work together again after so long wasn’t easy, especially since we’ve been busy with our own lives.”

Jazreel, who has been working on her businesses rather than her acting career, deadpanned that she’s a “newcomer” this time around, joking that Joshua’s dream of bagging the Best Newcomer Award at next year’s Star Awards might have to be shelved because she’s also gunning for that nod.

Zoe, who is the only one who has been part of the cast since the first season, chuckled that every other senior nurse has since “gone overseas for further studies, and I’m the only one left here!” However, she added that she will “definitely say yes to coming back” should there be a fourth season of the show.

“Going overseas to further my studies doesn’t suit me! I enjoy being a part of uniform shows, and nursing is an occupation that I like personally. I’ve learned a lot of medical knowledge from being on this show. I also have a better understanding of a nurse’s job (…) even though I still can’t remember the exact steps to do CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)!” Zoe quipped.

Why Zoe begrudgingly named Hanwei as her guardian angel
Why Zoe begrudgingly named Hanwei as her guardian angel
20 Jun 2018

Why Zoe begrudgingly named Hanwei as her guardian angel

Zoe and Aileen, who have maintained their friendship through all these years, recently went on a trip to Australia together, with Aileen explaining that their families have been close all this time, so going on a trip together “wasn’t awkward at all”.

The problem was that shortly after they landed in Singapore (with their minds still on holiday mode), the pair had to shoot an intense emotional scene. “My heart was everywhere, and I wasn’t fully immersed in the scene!” Zoe bemoaned. “I’m sure it’ll get better as we continue filming.”

When it came to naming one of their showbiz friends as their guardian angel, Aileen shared that there’s not just one, but many people she is thankful for. “A lot of people, including Zoe, have been really nice to me,” she said. “I believe that everyone around me is my guardian angel. Xiang Yun, Chen Shu Cheng, Zhu Hou Ren and more have been looking after me all this time,” she smiled.

“Okay lah, if I have to name someone, it’ll be Hanwei,” Zoe said before bursting into laughter. “We’ve been friends for 30 years since we debuted. We always talk to each other if we have something on our minds. Although our personalities are different, but when it comes to work, we’ll still be able to understand each other well, so that’s why I’ll reluctantly say that he’s my guardian angel.”

Desmond Tan also names Hanwei as his guardian angel
Desmond Tan also names Hanwei as his guardian angel
20 Jun 2018

Desmond Tan also names Hanwei as his guardian angel

“When I was young and naïve… More like, when I was still in school, I grew up as I watched Hanwei’s shows,” Desmond grinned. “It’s because of his Fang Lao Shi role that I thought of becoming an actor. It’s also because of him that I could be in showbiz for this long.”

He continued, “Even though we don’t meet very often, he’ll definitely come to my help if I have any problems and ask me about my condition, then advise me on how I can deal with some of these issues. One of the incidents that left the deepest impression on me was just after I won the Best Actor award earlier this year. He told me that the pressure would be very intense. Apart from the external pressure from others’ expectations, I’d also want myself to do even better, and hearing what he said, I collected my thoughts and decided to take all of it in my stride.”

As for Pierre, he named the late Huang Wenyong as his guardian angel, sharing that in the past, Wenyong often talked to him while they were in the dressing room preparing for their next scene. “Not only did he teach me about some of life’s most important principles, he also shared some of his experiences with me, and analysed some of the things that I was going through at the time,” Pierre said. “It’s a pity that he’s left us.”

Adding on, Paige smiled that she has been lucky enough to have not one, but many angels around her. “In every team that I work with, I meet a lot of angels. For example, when I was filming Blessings 2 in Malaysia, I was in an unfamiliar place but the entire team looked after us very well, and would ask us what we wanted to eat, or buy us drinks while we were at work.”

“Regardless of what requests we had, such as if I wanted to know where I could learn ceramic-making or where I could find a gym, they would help me find out and bring me there to have a look, which touched me greatly,” she continued.

Pierre Png gets named an angel in devil’s clothing
Pierre Png gets named an angel in devil’s clothing
20 Jun 2018

Pierre Png gets named an angel in devil’s clothing

What do Joshua Tan and Bonnie Loo have in common – apart from being cast members of You Can Be An Angel 3, of course. The answer: the both of them have been ‘terrorised’ by Pierre Png, but all in the name of work.

“I remember we filmed an English project together, and he’d use his violent methods to get me to bring certain parts of myself to the surface. He’s learned Aikido and he enjoys showing off his skills using my body as a punching bag!” Joshua said with mock horror. He added, however, that he treats Pierre as his guardian angel despite the memorable encounter.

Bonnie added, “I also remember a similar experience. My role was of a prostitute, and he was supposed to be a pervert. We never worked together before, and I didn’t even get a chance to say hello, and we headed straight to the hotel for filming.”

“He used his entire body’s strength to hold me back, and that’s why at the time, I was really afraid and reacted as such, so he really helped me a lot back then!” she continued.

At this time, Edwin could only share that he was thankful for their warnings, as he’ll be having quite a bit of screen time with Pierre this time around as the latter plays his uncle. We can’t wait for Edwin to share more after filming wraps.

Ian Fang is Bonnie Loo's guardian angel
Ian Fang is Bonnie Loo's guardian angel
20 Jun 2018

Ian Fang is Bonnie Loo's guardian angel

When it comes to senior actors, Bonnie shared that Thomas Ong gives her the feeling of being an angel in disguise. “He was my father in House of Fortune, and he looked after me a lot while we were filming. He would always be concerned about my mental state, how I felt, and how I was doing. He was very detailed and patient, which makes me feel that he would make a good nurse too!” she quipped.

However, she named Ian Fang as her guardian angel, sharing that he’s been looking after her like an older brother for a long time.

“When we were filming Life Less Ordinary, I had some problems because I was giving myself too much stress and overthinking things. I’d think that I wasn’t performing up to standards and kept blaming myself,” she explained. “He understands me well, and saw that I wasn’t doing well, so he asked me if I had encountered any problems and said that we needed to have a talk.”

Bonnie continued, “We talked for two hours! We were on the cruise, and it reminded me a bit of counselling. He really taught me a lot, and shared a lot about some life principles. After that long talk, I felt a lot better, so I must really say thank you to my big brother!”

You Can Be An Angel 3 debuts October 29, 9pm on Channel 8.
Watch past episodes of You Can Be an Angel Too and You Can Be an Angel S2 on Toggle.

WATCH: Joshua Tan: Pierre Png is evil!
WATCH: You Can Be An Angel 3 Interview BLOOPERS!

Related:
‘You Can Be an Angel’ newcomers’ needle nightmares
‘You Can Be an Angel 3’ stars get blood on their hands
Joshua Tan sought tips from Pierre Png ahead of Ch8 debut

Report a problem