Lawrence Wong had to miss his grandma’s funeral for work

Plus, the actor tells us what he looks for in a relationship

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Photos: Tammi Tan

Lawrence Wong is so busy that he couldn’t even take extra time off to be with his family after the death of his paternal grandmother.

The local actor, whose popularity skyrocketed following his role in hit Chinese drama Story of Yanxi Palace, was in China when his grandmother passed away on February 17, and immediately rushed back to Johor Bahru, Malaysia for the wake. However, he was unable to attend her funeral as he had to be in Singapore for the lensing ceremony of his new Channel 8 drama, My One in a Million, last Wednesday (February 20).

According to the 30-year-old, his grandmother died peacefully in her sleep at the ripe old age of 94. He also reassured us that he was doing fine despite being very close to her, especially during his childhood.

“She would buy me so many things that my parents had to tell her to stop!” he recalled with a chuckle. “I also have a lot of very nice memories of us going out to eat and walking to the mall near our house together.”

Although Lawrence could not be with his grandmother in her final days, he was comforted by the fact that he got to spend the most recent Chinese New Year with her. “I couldn’t go home to celebrate it for the previous two years, so I feel very blessed to have been able to see her this year,” he smiled.

When we asked why he didn’t take a few more days of leave in light of the circumstances, he just said, in a very matter-of-fact way, that it wouldn’t be fair to his colleagues. Besides My One in a Million, which began filming the very afternoon of the lensing ceremony, Lawrence is also involved in a Chinese movie about moon goddess Chang’e, in which he plays her husband. The busy bee will be jetting back and forth between Singapore and China to shoot both projects concurrently.

And we thought we had a lot of work to do!

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(Continued on next page: What does Lawrence Wong look for in a relationship?)

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