I'm A Star: Chew Chor Meng & Kym Ng's rookie days

Next up on our interview roulette, these two veterans tell us about their first steps in showbiz

Next up on our interview roulette, these two veterans tell us about their first steps in showbiz
Next up on our interview roulette, these two veterans tell us about their first steps in showbiz
09 Sep 2016

Next up on our interview roulette, these two veterans tell us about their first steps in showbiz

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Last week, we covered self-proclaimed boyband DJS' (Dennis Chew, Jeremy Chan and Shane Pow) rookie days. This week, we have veteran actors Chew Chor Meng and Kym Ng, who play the boss of the calefare agency and his lady love, respectively, telling us about their first steps into showbiz.

From Kym's declaration that she was born to be a star to Chor Meng's vastly different climb to the top, we got to hear stories that few know about and learn a little more about two of the most well-respected celebs on the hill.

With it being Monday, it also means that two 30-minute episodes have been released on Toggle, so be prepared to chuckle your day away while watching this animated bunch.

Read on for more.

Chew Chor Meng
Chew Chor Meng
09 Sep 2016

Chew Chor Meng

My first steps into showbiz were...
I started off as a calefare in the 80's - I remember we once had to do scene where a whole crowd of us was running. My friend mentioned to me prior to that if I was ever caught on camera in all my hours of filming, which made me turn back and look at the camera while we were supposed to be running.

The director called me over and I was expecting to get told off for doing something I wasn't told to, but he praised me for being more natural and not following instructions blindly like everyone else.

Just like that, I got to say my first line ever: "Run!"

Chew Chor Meng
Chew Chor Meng
09 Sep 2016

Chew Chor Meng

Becoming an actor was...
I finally fulfilled my dream of becoming a full-time actor after winning Star Search in 1990. Before that, I was a bit part (actor with a small role), but the one that left the deepest impression was 1987's On the Fringe, in which I had to molest Yang Libing's character. My characters back then were mostly hoodlums or maintenance workers.

Being a calefare was...
I've been in the industry for more than 30 years, but I think the reason why I have such a strong passion for acting is perhaps due to the theatrical performances I participated in in the past.

Standing in the background is not as easy as you think; sometimes the director isn't clear with his instructions so the seemingly easy tasks we do in the background needs a lot of skill as well. Being a convincing part of any scene, no matter how small your role is, is the highest level you can attain in the world of acting.

Kym Ng
Kym Ng
09 Sep 2016

Kym Ng

My first steps into showbiz were...
I picked up modeling for fun and to earn some extra money, but never thought of joining showbiz because I'm very petite!

I was part of a shampoo ad and the few of us were supposed to be looking at the lead. The director praised me for having the right expressions and being very focused. This must be what they call talent! (laughs)

Becoming an actor was...
At the time, I was a flight stewardess and it's unbelievable how I started my showbiz career as a singer and eventually became an actress and variety host.

I've landed meaty roles from the day I stepped into showbiz - they might not have been the leading character but I've never been a calefare either! (chuckles)

Kym Ng
Kym Ng
09 Sep 2016

Kym Ng

My most memorable experience with calefares was...
I've seen veteran actors who have been working as calefares for many years. They're very professional and focused, which makes me respect them a lot.

The feeling I get from them is that they're not doing it for the money; instead, acting seems to be their passion and they seem to be taking on these roles to pass the time.

If I could take on a calefare role, I'd want to be a cute female ghost who tries to scare people but ends up scaring herself! Cute, right?

The actors often burst out laughing after we heard 'Cut!' but composed themselves quickly
The actors often burst out laughing after we heard 'Cut!' but composed themselves quickly
09 Sep 2016

The actors often burst out laughing after we heard 'Cut!' but composed themselves quickly

Chew Chor Meng and Shane Pow discussing a scene with the director in the midst of filming
Chew Chor Meng and Shane Pow discussing a scene with the director in the midst of filming
09 Sep 2016

Chew Chor Meng and Shane Pow discussing a scene with the director in the midst of filming

Big smiles all around from everyone present
Big smiles all around from everyone present
09 Sep 2016

Big smiles all around from everyone present

WATCH: Dennis wants to take on a role of a child?
WATCH: Chew Chor Meng's most memorable calefare role: acting opposite Yang Libing
WATCH: Ya Hui is unrecognisable on set?

I Want To Be A Star airs every Monday on Toggle. For more information, check out toggle.sg/iwanttobeastar.

Catch the first 4 episodes for free here or watch all episodes on Toggle-It-First.

Related:
I’m A Star: DJS’ (Dennis, Jeremy, Shane) rookie days
ACTING 101: I Want to be a Star’s calefare challenge
The who’s who of I Want To Be A Star

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