Pierre Png in no rush to pursue career in Hollywood

The actor remains grounded even after brush with Crazy Rich Asians fame

Right: Pierre at the 'Crazy Rich Asians' teal carpet premiere in Hollywood (Photo: TPG)

Hollywood – and the rest of the world – were officially introduced to Singapore, that tiny little speck on the world map that is—surprise surprise—not a secluded village in China, earlier this year with the debut of Crazy Rich Asians.

Apart from having a bulk of the filming done in Singapore, there were also numerous stars from our little red dot that starred in the film, bringing Singapore as a whole front and centre stage in the movie capital of the world.

There was much buzz about Pierre Png (especially with that steamy shower scene and his enviable six-pack), with some speculating that he could join Chin Han in the league of Singapore men that Hollywood can’t get enough of. In reality, however, the 45-year-old shared with Toggle in an interview that he’s not aggressively chasing after that elusive Hollywood leading man dream that some assume that he has.

 “It’s pretty much died down, and I’m glad that it has. It was the perfect way for me to introduce myself to Hollywood – playing a Singaporean, but life is back to normal, and I’m back to the usual grind,” he grinned.

The grind of the day was an imaging session for upcoming Channel 8 drama Dear Neighbours, in which he plays Gu Yan Xun, the chairman of the collective sale committee trying to push for an en bloc sale of the apartment block he lives in.

Pierre and his reel-life wife Felicia Chin are seen by many as the perfect couple, but a wedge is driven between the couple in their fifth year of marriage when they start thinking about whether or not they want to start a family.

Pierre Png and Felicia Chin

While he’ll be busy with the filming of the drama, which is slated to begin in early December, he’s also been offered more Hollywood roles after charming audiences with his performance in Crazy Rich Asians. “I’ve done screen tests for two Netflix roles, but nothing is confirmed yet,” Pierre said with a shrug. “If it works out, I’ll be glad, but I’ve never been someone who’s said ‘I must do this and only this.’ If they offer me the role and it fits into the schedule, that would be great, but if it doesn’t, that’s fine as well.”

Sharing that the thought of moving across the ocean to base himself in Hollywood has never crossed his mind, he explained, ”This one role in itself is not enough to convince me that I’d want to uproot my entire family – my wife, my two dogs – and move there. If a role requires me to be away from home for five, six months, I’ll be prepared for that, but I don’t think I’d want to pack up and move.”

Calling himself a creature of habit, Pierre let on that one role that he would love to try out would be a villain in the Bourne films. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with playing a villainous role, and I think it would be something that I would be keen on. At the end of the day, I’ve introduced myself to Hollywood in with the most ideal type of character I can think of – a Singaporean – so I’d be thankful for any opportunities that come my way.”

Pierre Png with Gemma Chan in a scene from 'Crazy Rich Asians' (Photo: TPG)

Continued on next page: Pierre shares how he celebrated his 15th wedding anniversary

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