Get married? Shane Pow, Kimberly Wang don’t even have time to date

“Powerly” talks the pros and cons (are there any?) of filming their first drama as a couple, Toggle Originals series ‘Dance with Me’

Kimberly Wang and Shane Pow
Kimberly Wang and Shane Pow
26 Jan 2018

Kimberly Wang and Shane Pow

Photos: Tammi Tan

Visitors to the iconic Cavenagh Bridge were treated to a surprise spectacle one sunny November morning last year (we still can’t believe 2017 is “last year”, but we digress), courtesy of local dance troupe Lion City Lockers and two familiar faces, Shane Pow and Kimberly Wang.

The celebrity couple – nicknamed “Powerly” – was in the midst of filming what was described as a La La Land-like mass dance scene (with no Ryan Gosling in sight though – what a bummer) for upcoming Toggle Original series Dance with Me. The live performance on display is called locking, a style of energetic funk dance that the pair spent about a month learning.

Okay, “a month” (that was what we were told by a crew member) might be an exaggeration, as Kim quickly corrected. “Saying we spent a couple of lessons would be more accurate,” she told us between bites of her lunch – shared with Shane, naturally – during a filming break. “We had about seven or eight locking classes, and four contemporary dance classes.”

Dance with Me marks Shane and Kim’s first drama as boyfriend and girlfriend, not counting a brief cameo by Kim on Die Die Also Must Serve and several commercials they’ve shot together. In fact, they said that if it weren’t for their involvement in the same show, they probably wouldn’t even have any chance to meet.

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The choreography ends with jazz hands and huge smiles
The choreography ends with jazz hands and huge smiles
26 Jan 2018

The choreography ends with jazz hands and huge smiles

“All my friends say I’m lucky to be doing this drama with Shane or we would have no time to date at all,” said Kim. “If I’m not on set, I’ll be on radio [Ed’s note: she helms 987FM’s weekday morning show with Gerald Koh] or I’ll be filming Tanglin, so if I wasn’t doing this, I don’t think I’d see him at all.”

Yikes. Is it really that bad? “I can’t even remember the last proper date we had, to be very honest,” said Kim, while Shane added, “The last time we watched a movie together was months ago.” Okay, that’s really quite jialat. We guess that means it’ll be a while before we hear of them following in Xu Bin’s footsteps and taking their relationship to the next level any time soon.

“We don’t even have time to date, how to get married!?” exclaimed Kim when we brought up the topic of tying the knot. But that’s not the only thing stopping them from walking down the aisle: like an entire generation of cash-strapped millennials, they’re concerned about the cost of everything that happens after the “I do’s”.

“You have to get a house and all, which involves a lot of money, and we don’t have money now,” Shane admitted (they don’t? Really?). “We’re both still at a point where we have to work very hard on our careers,” Kim added, before quipping with a grin, “I think we’d need to have a sponsored wedding. (laughs) Just kidding!”

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Screenshots from Shane and Kim's Korea dance video
Screenshots from Shane and Kim's Korea dance video
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Screenshots from Shane and Kim's Korea dance video

Just a few days after our chat, we found out that their dating situation may not be as dire as they made it out to be: the lovebirds jetted off to Seoul for their longest and furthest vacation together (we admit we feel just a little bit cheated by their earlier claim of not having enough time for each other).

The trip birthed not just loads of stylish gazing-into-the-snowy-distance #OOTD shots, but also a video montage of them dancing to Korean-American singer Eric Nam’s ‘Ooh Ooh’ in public places all over the city.

“The video was my idea,” Shane grinned when we caught up with him at the Toggle Originals press conference two weeks ago. “I told our dance instructor (for Dance with Me) that we wanted to do something fun in Korea, so he taught me some funny moves.”

The result is a cheeky compilation of the couple boogieing in spots like the train, subway station, streets, famous landmarks and more. The reactions from passers-by included bewildered stares (one of which is hilariously included in the video) and cheers, and a few sporting folks even joined in.

“At first we were quite shy, but after the third day we stopped caring,” said Shane. However, one particularly embarrassing moment at N Seoul Tower’s “love locks” fence left an impression on him. “A Malaysian family recognised me and wanted a photo, but I was getting ready to dance so I asked them to wait for me, so while they were waiting they watched me dance. It was one of the most paiseh things I did! (laughs) But it was very cold so I wanted to get it over and done with.”

Read on for more from our interview with Shane and Kimberly, who tell us about their preparations for their first times dancing in a show, if there was any lovers’ tiff on set, and what sort of roles they would never take on:

Photos: Shane Pow/YouTube

Shane, Kim and the Lion City Lockers film their dance scene
Shane, Kim and the Lion City Lockers film their dance scene
26 Jan 2018

Shane, Kim and the Lion City Lockers film their dance scene

Toggle: Tell us about your dance lessons.
Kim: I was quite terrified during our first locking lesson because for any kind of street dance, you need the swag, but I just looked really awkward because I was bobbing like a puppet! But there was progress with every practice and it’s nice to see it come to something.

Who picks up the moves faster?
Kim: I can remember the steps better but in terms of execution, Shane does it better.
Shane: Locking has a lot of stomping and marching moves, which guys naturally look nicer doing.

How did the both of you get the roles?
Shane: We auditioned for the show together.
Kim: Before that we went to see what simple dance moves we could learn, so we copied some video of Justin Timberlake online, but when we got to the audition, they said they wanted to see something more freestyle.
Shane: The two of us were just like, die.
Kim: I have no idea what I did [at the audition] because I was so scared.
Shane: I think [she got the role because] she naturally has that groove. She looks very lively when she dances, and you feel happy watching her dance.
Kim: It could have just been you, but…

Did you have any concerns about working with your significant other?
Shane: I think we’re on the same frequency so it’s easier to talk to each other and agree on something. This whole experience working with her has showed me that if we do more dramas next time, we would be able to do it. There are some people you can be super good friends with but you can’t work together, so thankfully she’s not one of them. Before this I was quite worried, but now it’s been proven.

All the dancers look like they're having a ball of a time
All the dancers look like they're having a ball of a time
26 Jan 2018

All the dancers look like they're having a ball of a time

Has there been any friction on set?
Shane: So far so good.
Kim: I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to sleep, let alone fight with him.
Shane: I think we’re too tired to fight.
Kim: There’s not enough time to fight! Just kidding, there’s nothing to fight about. We’re both quite chill so we don’t really fight.
Shane: And even if we did, we certainly won’t do it in public.

Kim, is Shane a good, caring boyfriend on set?
Kim: Okay lah. I think can be better. (laughs) There was one day we were filming a contemporary dance scene and it was very tough for me because there were a lot of moves I was struggling with. Although he didn’t have any scenes, he stayed back the entire day just to be there, and I thought that was quite nice and I really appreciated it.

What’s another type of drama you’d like to do together in the future?
Kim: I want to try doing an intense, dark drama with Shane, because I feel like there are some emotions you can make use of.

Would you be open to filming intimate scenes with each other? [Ed’s note: Shane’s last relationship ended partly because he filmed a sex scene with Seraph Sun in the movie ‘Ms J Contemplates Her Choice’]
Kim: Intimate scenes are a no for me in general. I won’t break that rule for anyone.
Shane: I’m not interested in doing scenes like that anymore. There could be a million other ways to portray something. It’s time to move on to a different step of my career.

Shane, Kim and the Lion City Lockers
Shane, Kim and the Lion City Lockers
26 Jan 2018

Shane, Kim and the Lion City Lockers

They're really getting into the dance
They're really getting into the dance
26 Jan 2018

They're really getting into the dance

Fun fact: Kimberly nearly fell after striking this pose (she's all right, don't worry)
Fun fact: Kimberly nearly fell after striking this pose (she's all right, don't worry)
26 Jan 2018

Fun fact: Kimberly nearly fell after striking this pose (she's all right, don't worry)

Shane and Kim run excitedly to the middle of the bridge to begin dancing
Shane and Kim run excitedly to the middle of the bridge to begin dancing
26 Jan 2018

Shane and Kim run excitedly to the middle of the bridge to begin dancing

The dance instructor runs through some moves with Shane
The dance instructor runs through some moves with Shane
26 Jan 2018

The dance instructor runs through some moves with Shane

Shane and Kim get ready to film their dance scene
Shane and Kim get ready to film their dance scene
26 Jan 2018

Shane and Kim get ready to film their dance scene

Shane and Kim get sheltered from the hot sun between takes
Shane and Kim get sheltered from the hot sun between takes
26 Jan 2018

Shane and Kim get sheltered from the hot sun between takes

Catch all 8 episodes of Dance with Me for free on Toggle on February 8.

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