Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

The actor also revealed more about his thoughts on the past year

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Photos: Destanation, TCA

On Sunday afternoon, Desmond Tan met with around 50 members of his fanclub, “Destanation”, for a special gathering to celebrate his fanclub's fifth anniversary, which the actor had spent around a month organising personally.

Desmond, who is currently appearing on Channel 8’s longform drama Peace & Prosperity, has to film for the show every day, and could only plan for the gathering during his breaks or lunchtime.

“Actually, the hardest part was actually thinking of what to do during the gathering. We usually just eat and take pictures, but I wanted to be able to interact with the fans more,” the actor shared.

Hilariously, the actor also divulged that as his fanbase was mostly made up of girls, he had originally wanted to go for a flower-arrangement session with them. “Judging from the expressions on their faces [though], I knew that it would definitely not be possible,” he laughed.

After settling on ice-cream making, the 29-year-old even took the initiative to contact the trainer, as well as arrange the date and venue for the event.

Together with his fans, who were split into a few teams, Desmond made three different flavoured ice creams – coffee, chocolate and Horlicks.

“I acted as the chef’s assistant, and was assigned to separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. Luckily, I usually do cook quite a bit, so I was not daunted by the task, and was even able to show my skills,” he laughed.

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Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Although the actor is part of Mediacorp’s ‘8 Dukes’, the previous year has seen his popularity take a hit, something many attributed to his decision to focus on English dramas on Channel 5.

Though the actor failed to make the shortlist of nominees for the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes award at this year’s Star Awards, Desmond does not regret his choice, saying, “[My] reservist period has already ended.”

This year, Desmond will be making his comeback to Channel 8. Apart from Peace & Prosperity, the actor is also starring in the currently airing The Truth Seekers.

The actor’s schedule is also packed for the next year or so, and he expressed that since Channel 8 was his “starting point”, going back to the channel’s dramas “feels like going back home” for him.

“The surroundings are familiar to me, and I can also joke around with my colleagues,” he joked.

After spending nine months shooting Peace & Prosperity, Desmond revealed that he now understands why the actors of the longform drama 118 are so close to each other.

“To be honest, I was quite hesitant about having to play the same character for nine months, and to work with the same few actors. But [now], whenever I film, it feels like home for me, and there’s always food at the set! I feel really happy while filming, and I get a sense of satisfaction despite being so busy. My castmates are like ‘family’ to me.”

The actor also shared that he couldn’t bear to see Peace and Prosperity co-star Julie Tan, whom he has the most scenes with, leave the drama to study acting in America.

“I didn’t expect to meet this ‘sister’ of mine [Julie]. We can talk about anything and everything, and she has a very unique viewpoint as well.”

In fact, Desmond revealed that Julie’s mother had even invited him to dinner, a testament to their close relationship. “During lunchtime, she wanted to go back home to have lunch, and I jokingly commented, ‘Bo jio’ (never invite). Julie then went to ask her mother immediately, who invited me to join them.”

With so many projects lined up for Desmond this year, things look to be on the upturn for the actor. However, the Duke shared that his outlook on fame and life in the public eye has relaxed considerably, and that he is focusing on honing his acting skills.

“I take everything straight on and calmly, and am happier now,” he said.

Click on for more pictures of the gathering.

Desmond Tan currently stars in Peace & Prosperity, as well as Truthseekers, which airs every Monday to Friday, at 7:30pm and 9:00pm respectively on Channel 8. You can also watch the dramas first on Toggle-It-First

This story first appeared on toggle.sg/ch
Story by Dion Tang

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans
24 May 2016

Desmond Tan celebrates fanclub’s fifth anniversary with fans

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