Video by: Foong Mien Shi
MediaCorp artistes Chen Liping and Rayson Tan collaborate as an on-screen couple for the first time in 20 years, but the celebrity couple claimed that it may also be their last.
The couple attended the press conference for Channel 8’s upcoming blockbuster Good Luck on Jan 27 alongside the family members of their four-generation family in the show like Hong Huifang, Chen Shucheng, Kym Ng, Romeo Tan and Chris Tong.
Hong Huifang garnered the most attention at the press conference for turning up in her on-screen look as a 100-year-old woman. The media were also curious to observe the chemistry between Liping and Rayson, a couple in reality who ‘reunited on-screen’ only after 20 years.
In their joint interview with xinmsn, the couple revealed their thoughts on acting as a bickering couple.
“I feel blessed that we can act as a couple for the second time as she is a good actress who has a quick response on set,” said Rayson.
The couple last star as an on-screen couple in MediaCorp’s drama Golden Shenton Way in 1993. Having been a couple in reality for over 10 years now, the two said that they know each other very well and can ease into their role as a couple naturally and put aside the concerns that actors and actresses would have when acting such roles.
Rayson recounted, “When I collaborate with other female actresses, I am not able to relax completely as I am afraid I may disrespect them. However, I do not feel so pressurized when I act with Liping.”
“In the show, I have to act like I stutter. Even when my saliva had hit her while acting those scenes, she would not mind it at all.”
Liping also joked, “I don’t feel stressful at all and I can just slap him with all my might.”
However, the couple stars as divorcees with a soured relationship and their scenes were mostly filled with arguments. While filming one of the scenes, the crew was startled by the tense atmosphere as Rayson gave his wife a blackface and scolded her when Liping’s tone was too harsh.
“It was getting dark that day and she was filming the scene anxiously. Maybe because we are too familiar with each other, she was exceptionally harsh when she spoke to me that day, whether on or off the camera. I gave her an unhappy face and became stern after a while,” Rayson elaborated.
“Everyone thought we were fighting and in fact, we were really fighting. (To Liping) I was really hurt at that point in time because you were rude towards me.”
However, Liping immediately clarified, “No lah, we weren’t really fighting. I just wanted to wrap up that scene quickly as it was getting late and that scene would easily cause us to misunderstand each other as it was tense and aggressive.”
When asked if they would want to act as a couple in the future, Liping admitted, “It’s hard to differentiate acting and reality. I personally do not wish to act as a couple with him again.”
Rayson and his son have their men’s talk
The couple also cited their 13-year-old son Xavier as another reason for not wanting to star as a couple again, as they would not be able to care for him should they work concurrently.
Rayson shared frankly that he places his family in the first place while his work is at the second. Being the one who mainly cares for his son’s studies, Rayson revealed that his is exceptionally particular about Xavier’s upbringing.
As Xavier is reaching puberty, Rayson would also have a ‘men’s talk’ with his son to educate him on what he should or should not do.
“He is currently studying in an all-boys’ school and I would warn him to keep guard against certain bad influences. I told him that does not have to experiment with silly things to answer his doubts and curiosities. I asked him to treat me as a friend, share with me about his concerns and I would gladly answer him.
This article is translated by Isadora Ong.
Catch Good Luck when it debuts Feb 2, every Monday to Friday at 9pm on Ch8.