Aloysius with his new name card (left) and with his Best Newcomer award in 2015
Additional photos: Aloysius Pang
Fans of local actor Aloysius Pang can breathe easy – even as he delves into a new business venture with his older brother the 26-year-old assured us that has no plans to bid acting goodbye.
Speaking to Toggle through a phone interview, Aloysius chuckled that he was intending to make an official announcement about his business before local media did the honours for him this morning. Following his contract expiration with Mediacorp, he decided against renewing and instead dived headfirst into a relatively unknown business - wood plastic composite.
“I haven’t been filming since the end of last year, so I had a break for a couple of months and I’m not the kind of person who can sit down and do nothing,” he explained. “My brother suggested this to me and asked if I was interested in joining hands with him to work on it. It intrigued me as it’s something that’s eco-friendly.”
His older brother, Jefferson, 31, was previously working for their father, who is in the sub-contracting business. While the two Pang brothers have ventured out onto new territory, putting in a five-digit investment into their business, Aloysius revealed that they are currently sharing inventory space with their dad and do most of their work from home.
Read on for more excerpts from our interview with Aloysius, along with his hopes for more acting projects in future.
Aloysius giving his acceptance speech for his first Top 10 Most Popular Male Artiste award
Toggle: Congratulations on your new business venture! Could you tell us more about it?
Aloysius: My company is called Kairos Green – Kairos is Greek for the right timing, and Green represents being environmentally friendly. My brother and I have been working on it for about a month now (…) we’ve done about eight to 10 jobs so far.
Now that you have Kairos Green on your plate, will that mean that acting is taking a backseat?
No, my passion is still – and will always be – acting. This is something that I did as a form of assurance to myself. There are a lot of unknowns when you’re in showbiz, so I didn’t want to put my eggs into one basket since I can never be sure about my future – this is actually my Plan B.
What sort of acting jobs would you want to take on in future?
To be honest, I’m actually at a desperate stage right now. I don’t have any acting projects lined up, and I’ll take anything that comes to me. My worry is that Mediacorp might not offer me roles now that I’m not an artiste (contracted with them). The biggest problem with freelancing is that every job could be your last.
People might think that I want to give up acting, but I want to tell everyone with my next show – whatever it may be –that I’m serious about continuing with acting.
(Continued on next page: How have the people around Aloysius reacted to the news?)
Xu Bin, Carrie and Aloysius in You Can Be An Angel 2
How have your fans reacted to the news?
To be honest, I can imagine a lot of resentment and disappointment and some of them might even stop supporting me. I’ve been receiving a lot of positive comments and encouragement from them. At the end of the day, it’s something out of my control but I’m thankful to those who have, and will continue, to stay with me.
Have your fellow artistes sent you any messages of encouragement?
I was actually asleep this morning when I received a text from my favourite artiste – Chen Shucheng da ge. He sent me a photo of the report and said quite a bit of touching stuff, so I was really happy about that. I’ve also received quite a few Instagram messages of support.
How about from Carrie Wong, who you’ve worked with quite a bit?
No leh. (laughs) She knows that I’m the sort who will only make decisions after thinking it through extensively, so I’m sure she’ll know it’s the same in this case.
Did you discuss this with your fellow NoonTalk artiste, Xu Bin?
Yes, I just spent about eight days with Xu Bin in Hong Kong, and we even shared the same room. There’s nothing we don’t talk about so we did discuss this. His contract expires in about six months and (he asked me for my opinion). I told him that if he hasn’t made any concrete plans yet, don’t think too much about it and let nature take its course. Focus on acting because overthinking things may actually complicate them instead.
Aloysius in his most recent drama, Dream Coder
You’ve previously mentioned that you aspire to be a director. How are things going with that?
I’m destined to be an actor. As for being a director, it’s more of an interest and not something that I can do as my main job.
With so much talk about planning for your future and such, does this mean that you’re thinking of settling down anytime soon?
I think you’ll have to wait five or six years at least to get any marriage news from me. You need to have a partner in order to have a wedding, and I don’t have one yet. Even after I meet her, I think we’ll date for about four years before we discuss marriage for a year or so, and only then will I settle down.
We hope we won’t get any sudden announcements of a flash marriage from you anytime soon.
No way, going into a flash marriage is a very scary thought to me – what happens if you decide to get married but realise that you aren’t compatible in the end? Nope, that’s not for me.
So, back to your business: how did you come across your jobs so far, and have any clients recognised you?
Some of the clients were recommended by friends and the others were personally sourced by my brother and me. I actually think that being a celeb is a plus point because we become more reliable in their eyes since they know who I am. There have been cases where contractors run away with clients’ money but they know me, so I guess it’s a sort of assurance to them as well.
How has it been meeting clients on your own?
(Laughs) I really have my brother to thank for this. He’s a business person so I borrowed – actually, I stole – his communication books to read when I was young, so I have all the skills I need. It’s just my character that gets in the way; I’m pretty lazy, but when I want to do it, I can definitely talk business.