Evelyn Tan: still as devoted to her kids as ever

The former actress admits that she sometimes feels like making an acting comeback

Evelyn Tan: still as devoted to her kids as ever

Photos: Elis Ching
Video: Philip Ang

It’s been such a long time since Evelyn Tan left the shiny lights of showbiz to be a stay-at-home mum – 13 years, to be exact – that even she herself can’t remember the last drama she ever filmed (she was last seen on a Channel 5 telemovie, Spelling Armadillo 2).

And while the 41-year-old former TV sweetheart admitted that she occasionally feels drawn to acting again (especially when she catches her husband Darren Lim’s programmes or spots a particularly interesting role), she quickly changes her mind when she remembers the unforgivingly long hours.

“At the moment, returning to acting isn’t something I’ve given much thought to because my children aren’t fully grown yet, so I still need to be very flexible with my time,” said Evelyn, who has four kids aged 4 to 12 with Darren. Having the production team make special accommodations to her schedule won’t entice her either, as she feels that it isn’t fair to the rest of the cast and crew.

That’s not to say that we’ll never see her on screens again – Evelyn joked about deliberately putting on a lot of weight and making a comeback as a jolly, plump aunty à la Nancy Sit. But for now, the closest we’ll get to seeing her in the spotlight is as the celebrity ambassador of German skincare label frei öl.

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Evelyn demonstrates how to apply one of the oil products at the event

In an interview with Toggle at the brand’s consumer event last weekend, Evelyn admitted that ever since she tied the knot in 2004 and became a mother, she’s paid less attention to her beauty regimen simply due to a lack of time, and we don’t blame her: in addition to being a full-time mum to Kristen, Elliot, Way and Jairus, Evelyn has also been home-schooling her brood, and things are set to become even more intense as she embarks on an ambitious new direction for their – and other children’s – education.

“I’m currently working with a company that develops leadership programmes and curriculum for youths,” she shared, refraining from elaborating further as planning is still in its early stages. “I hope to see my own children display leadership qualities and capabilities.”

She’s also keen on her little ones learning how to be self-sufficient by letting them live by themselves in the near future as she and Darren move back onto their famous boat, which the entire family called home for four years until about six months ago.

“We’ve always wanted them to be able to be independent from an early age, which is why we home-school them because we’ll be able to balance their academic needs and life skills,” Evelyn explained. “But at the same time, I don’t wish to burden my eldest daughter with the responsibility of caring for her younger siblings, although my husband believes this will be good for her. We’ll see what the situation is when the time comes.”


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