No more “trophy girlfriend” relationships for Julie Tan

The actress, who will don a prosthetic nose in ‘The Lead’, hopes for the chance to go bald for a role

No more “trophy girlfriend” relationships for Julie Tan
No more “trophy girlfriend” relationships for Julie Tan
26 Jan 2017

No more “trophy girlfriend” relationships for Julie Tan

Photos: Tammi Tan
Video: Tan Shi Qi

If you’ve been checking out Julie Tan’s Instagram Stories over the past few weeks, you may have noticed that she has been pretty active in the kitchen whipping up dishes for two. There is also a dark-haired Caucasian man in several of her recent photographs, where he is always seated beside her.

This begs the question: has the 24-year-old actress, who ended her previous relationship not too long ago, found love once again?

“I am single for now” was the declaration we got from her on the set of upcoming blockbuster The Lead yesterday morning. When asked about the mysterious fella on her feed, Julie explained that he is one of two friends from New York who were here on holiday, and shot down rumours that they are an item.

In fact, she told us that she intends to put her career over romance at the moment. “I just feel like a relationship shouldn’t be my priority right now,” she mused. “In the past I was too fixated on guys and marriage, then my last relationship ended horribly, so I decided that I should focus on myself first.”

She added that going public allowed her to see her former partner’s true self. “I could see if the person was with me for my fame or whatever,” she said. “I became a trophy girlfriend – he never talked about me, but about my success and what I’m doing, like he was showing off, and to me it was [disgusted expression].”

When her next potential beau comes along, she will “see if they can understand” before coming clean about her status as a public figure. “But to be honest, I don’t consider myself a star,” she admitted.

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Julie in her prosthetic nose for 'The Lead'
Julie in her prosthetic nose for 'The Lead'
26 Jan 2017

Julie in her prosthetic nose for 'The Lead'

For yesterday’s The Lead shoot, Julie donned an unflattering prosthetic nose to show the aftereffects of her character Fang Anya’s excessive plastic surgery. Unfortunately, her sensitive skin has not been reacting well to the props (including a wig she has to wear as well), causing breakouts on her face.

Still, the spunky artiste takes it all in her stride. “I sacrificed a lot for this show, but it’s been so much fun,” she enthused, even expressing her desire to take her craft to another level by going bald on screen. “Cynthia Koh shaving her head (in Stepping Out) left such a deep impression on me. If I ever get the chance, I will do the same thing.”

Julie even had the chance to apply some of the skills she picked up at the New York Film Academy, such as how to model her character properly.

“For example, when Fang Anya was more casual, I would swing my hips in a sloppy way while walking; after she gained confidence from her plastic surgery, I held my head high and appeared confident, and it gave off a completely different aura,” she said. “It’s something that I never really paid attention to before.”

Good to see that she’ll be able to put the lessons to good use.

Click through for more photos and to find out what Julie wants in her next relationship and more:

Julie and Shaun Chen film a scene
Julie and Shaun Chen film a scene
26 Jan 2017

Julie and Shaun Chen film a scene

Toggle: What are you looking for in your next relationship?
Julie: In my previous relationship, I managed to hit all my criteria such as ideal age and all that, but his character sucked, so now I think the most important thing is character.

When will you enter into a new relationship?
When I feel like I’m ready, and not obliged or forced to. One thing I’ve learned is that if someone really loves me, he wouldn’t play games. A lot of times, girls get into relationships just because they’re afraid they’ll lose the guy to someone else, and I think that’s not right. Girls must know their own worth.

Do you think there’s anyone with potential around you?
I think you won’t know how much potential someone has until you actually date them: maybe they make a very good friend, but they may not be a good lover. So it’s like I said earlier, if I find someone whom I think can be in it for the long run, then I will announce the good news. But in the meantime, I hope everyone can pay more attention to my work instead of my private life.

So you’re not waiting for anyone to pursue you?
No. I’m just busy with work.

You’ve been cooking for two a lot lately…
Many friends visit me at my house and we have meals together, it’s just that I don’t always show who they are. Next time I will reveal them to you!

Tell us about your friends who came over from New York.
We’ve talked about them visiting Singapore for a while, and now they’ve already gone back. They’re not American but we met over there. Our entire batch all bonded very well, and in October we’re planning a trip to Florida for our classmate’s wedding. Don’t be jealous of me! (laughs)

The Lead premieres May 22, 9pm on Channel 8.

Julie's rumoured beau is seen in several of her social media updates
Julie's rumoured beau is seen in several of her social media updates
26 Jan 2017

Julie's rumoured beau is seen in several of her social media updates

Julie jokingly covers her prosthetic nose during our interview
Julie jokingly covers her prosthetic nose during our interview
26 Jan 2017

Julie jokingly covers her prosthetic nose during our interview

Julie dons a mask to hide her character's botched nose job
Julie dons a mask to hide her character's botched nose job
26 Jan 2017

Julie dons a mask to hide her character's botched nose job

Julie and Shaun Chen film a scene together
Julie and Shaun Chen film a scene together
26 Jan 2017

Julie and Shaun Chen film a scene together

Julie's character is upset when she is recognised on the streets
Julie's character is upset when she is recognised on the streets
26 Jan 2017

Julie's character is upset when she is recognised on the streets

Julie's character is upset when she is recognised on the streets
Julie's character is upset when she is recognised on the streets
26 Jan 2017

Julie's character is upset when she is recognised on the streets

Julie's prosthetic nose needed a lot of touch-ups during filming
Julie's prosthetic nose needed a lot of touch-ups during filming
26 Jan 2017

Julie's prosthetic nose needed a lot of touch-ups during filming

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