Fann Wong wants to intrude on her son’s love life

The actress’s husband Christopher Lee “complains” about their 3-year-old “intruding” into their lives

Fann Wong wants to intrude on her son’s love life
Fann Wong wants to intrude on her son’s love life
24 Jan 2018

Fann Wong wants to intrude on her son’s love life

Photos: Tammi Tan
Video: Aaron Ho

“I was wondering why Toggle wasn’t here!” Christopher Lee exclaimed with a grin as he came over for our interview. We wish we could say he missed us, but we know he was simply questioning how the platform that is exclusively airing the prequel to his newest drama Doppelganger would not be at yesterday’s press conference.

After speaking to the 46-year-old Malaysian-born actor and his wife Fann Wong over and over and over and over again since Doppelgangertheir first local drama together in 15 years – was announced, we thought the power couple would have run out of stories to tell about their 3-year-old son Zed, a popular topic during our chats (can you blame us or them?). As it turns out, they had more awww-worthy anecdotes to regale us with.

“Zed’s intrusion into my life is a severe one,” Christopher said with a mock sigh of resignation (the Chinese title of Doppelganger is Ru Qin Zhe, which means “intruder”, hence the theme of our conversation). “I don’t even have a comfortable place to rest anymore!” He went on to describe how the tiny lad usually sleeps: with his feet contently splayed across his father’s face and his head rested against his mother’s.

Despite the hilariously uncomfortable-sounding arrangement, Fann and Christopher want to treasure every night their baby boy still wants to share a bed with them, because it’s only a matter of time before he will want his own room. For now, they get to enjoy having a child who is adorably attached to them, and also adorably obedient.

“When I tell him he should or shouldn’t do something, he’ll repeat my words,” said Christopher, a look of fatherly pride taking over his expression. One example of such a phrase is “dad says I must drink more water or I’ll become heaty”. So cute, right!?

While we were still on the topic of intruders, Fann said that in the future, she would willingly “intrude” on her son’s dates when he gets to that age. “If he wants me to be his third wheel, I’m fine with it, I will help him get the girl,” she proclaimed.

Uh, your mum as your wing-woman? “I don’t think he would like that…” said her husband with a frown (we agree), prompting Fann to respond with, “Well, if he’s anything like you, he won’t need me.” Nice one.

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The cast of 'Doppelganger'
The cast of 'Doppelganger'
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The cast of 'Doppelganger'

At the press conference, we had the chance to check out an 18-minute preview of Doppelganger, and from the looks of it, loads of crying, shouting and even some physical violence are involved.

Most of the mess stems from two identical-looking men, Yang Li Wei and Lee Rui Ming (both played by Christopher), who cross paths on board an ill-fated cruise. After the ship sinks, Li Wei steals the identity of the missing Rui Ming in a bid to live the latter’s seemingly more smooth-sailing life. Needless to say, things are not as cushy as he imagined (this is drama land, after all).

Thankfully, the constant friction between Rui Ming – fake and otherwise – and his wife Wang Si Ting (played by Fann) never seeped into their real life interactions. “I’m not as terrible as that guy!” Christopher declared in his defence, as Fann warned, “If he ever behaves like that in real life, I’ll kick him out of the house.”

Perhaps that is the reason why the couple refrained from rehearsing their scenes at home: we can totally picture a poor, confused Zed wondering what on earth has gotten into his parents as they practise for an emotional confrontation. Plus, who wants to discuss work all the time? “You should completely enjoy spending time with your family,” said Christopher. Hashtag work-life balance.

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Darren Lim reveals his Valentine’s Day plans with his daughter
Darren Lim reveals his Valentine’s Day plans with his daughter
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Darren Lim reveals his Valentine’s Day plans with his daughter

Like Christopher, Darren Lim jokingly complained about his children intruding into his relationship with former actress Evelyn Tan. “Sometimes I feel as though I don’t even have a wife because all her time is taken up by them!” he told us with a chuckle. “I miss the days when it was just the two of us.”

That said, he’ll be spending this coming Valentine’s Day with another woman: his 13-year-old daughter Kristen. The 45-year-old shared that his yacht chartering company is organising a sunset cruise for fathers and daughters, which will involve sharing sessions and socialising.

“Now that my daughter is a teenager, I want to set high expectations for her future Valentine’s Day dates,” he said with a chuckle. And in case you’re wondering, Evelyn is very supportive of the idea. “She doesn’t like receiving gifts on Valentine’s Day because she thinks it’s too expected; we used to celebrate it more often but now we feel it’s too commercial.”

He doesn’t have to worry about her being all alone as he and their daughter sail off into the horizon: after all, she has three young men – their sons – to keep her company.

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Zed’s welcome intrusion on the set of ‘Doppelganger’
Zed’s welcome intrusion on the set of ‘Doppelganger’
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Zed’s welcome intrusion on the set of ‘Doppelganger’

More “Zed the intruder” tales came about during our interviews with Rebecca Lim and Kelly Liao, except the former never actually had the chance to meet the small superstar.

“There was once I was filming another drama in the same location as Doppelganger and I knew Zed had arrived because everyone suddenly became very excited and ran off to see him, but I couldn’t go because I was busy memorising my lines!” said Rebecca. However, she gets a frequent second-hand dose of Zed because his parents talk about him all the time (we know).

As for Kelly, the Taiwanese actress recalled the time Zed invaded the makeup room and politely requested for everyone to evacuate – he remembered to say “please” – so he could play the “drums” on the plastic chair. “He’s such a musical prodigy!” she gushed. “It makes me wonder what my own children would be like.”

Click through for more photos from the Doppelganger press conference!

Taiwanese actress Kelly Liao
Taiwanese actress Kelly Liao
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Taiwanese actress Kelly Liao

Fann makes a radiant entrance to the press conference
Fann makes a radiant entrance to the press conference
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Fann makes a radiant entrance to the press conference

Hmmm, wonder what Fann whispered to her husband?
Hmmm, wonder what Fann whispered to her husband?
24 Jan 2018

Hmmm, wonder what Fann whispered to her husband?

Zhu Hou Ren, Darren Lim, Rebecca Lim and Christopher Lee
Zhu Hou Ren, Darren Lim, Rebecca Lim and Christopher Lee
24 Jan 2018

Zhu Hou Ren, Darren Lim, Rebecca Lim and Christopher Lee

The cast of 'Doppelganger' shares a laugh at the press conference
The cast of 'Doppelganger' shares a laugh at the press conference
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The cast of 'Doppelganger' shares a laugh at the press conference

Lots of jokes and witty remarks were exchanged
Lots of jokes and witty remarks were exchanged
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Lots of jokes and witty remarks were exchanged

Rebecca was teased for enjoying playing the third party in a relationship
Rebecca was teased for enjoying playing the third party in a relationship
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Rebecca was teased for enjoying playing the third party in a relationship

The cast and creators of 'Doppelganger'
The cast and creators of 'Doppelganger'
24 Jan 2018

The cast and creators of 'Doppelganger'

Doppelganger Prequel debuts February 6 at 9.30pm on Toggle.
Doppelganger Prequel – The Telemovie debuts March 11 at 7pm on Channel 8.
Doppelganger debuts March 12 at 9pm on Channel 8.

Watch:
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