What ex-BFFs and Best Actor winners Desmond Tan and Rebecca Lim have to say to each other

Eating raw fish and unleashing her inner comedian (again) have paid off well for the Best Actor and Best Actress recipients

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His infamous raw fish-chomping antics in When Duty Calls may have left Desmond Tan with an indefinite distaste for his once-beloved sashimi, but it also very likely played a part in nabbing him the coveted Best Actor gong at last night’s Star Awards.

“It was worth it,” the 31-year-old, who also successfully got into the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, said with a grin during his post-show interview with Toggle. “I never thought that [the fish-eating scene] would be such a memorable one for audiences and perhaps also for some of the judges.”

He certainly didn’t expect to have his very first acting nomination blossom into a win so soon either. “I never imagined [I would win] so I never prepared a proper acceptance speech,” he admitted, adding that his slightly bumbling speech made people ask him if he was drunk. “I didn’t drink any alcohol – I was just dumbfounded! But hopefully next time, I will have the chance to be better-prepared. (laughs)”

Desmond’s victory is just another [very bright] highlight in what has been a stellar two years for him: in 2017, he landed his first movie lead role alongside Taiwanese beauty Amber An in The Big Day (formerly A Simple Wedding), and last month, he was announced as one of the stars of Singapore-Hong Kong production Bluetick. And let’s not forget his recent onscreen debut as a serial killer in Channel 5’s Code of Law.

“2017 and 2018 have been very fruitful as I got to play a good variety of characters for both Channel 8 and beyond,” he mused. “This award is a very big form of encouragement and many people have been telling me that I’ve improved a lot as well, but it’s also a new beginning for me and I still have a long way to go.”

So, does this mean we’ll get to see Desmond explore more of his favourite method acting, er, methods for future projects? “Of course! It enables me to understand a character better and live inside their world, plus it has brought me good results, so I will continue with it.”

We can’t wait to see what crazy – but also awesome and potentially award-winning – trick he pulls next.

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(Continued on next page: What does Best Actress Rebecca Lim have to say to Desmond Tan?)

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