A guide to punking and pranking by the cast of ‘Reach for the Skies’

Zhang Zhen Huan once brushed his teeth with facial wash and Kym Ng recounts her ‘ghostly’ encounter in the old Mediacorp studio

A guide to punking and pranking by the cast of ‘Reach for the Skies’
A guide to punking and pranking by the cast of ‘Reach for the Skies’
31 Mar 2018

A guide to punking and pranking by the cast of ‘Reach for the Skies’

Video: Aaron Ho

April Fool’s is just a day away (this is a friendly reminder for everyone to watch your backs tomorrow!), and it’s the day when all sorts of hijinks can be (and will be) pulled, with most of the pranks ending with a declaration, “April Fool’s!”

Ahead of the annual event, the cast of Reach for the Skies shared with us their experiences with pranks - both on the receiving and giving ends.

We are told stories of a birthday girl ending up at her surprise party in an outfit that she was meant to clean the house in (and she has the photos to remind her of it), along with one artiste’s sad reality of never being able to realise that he’s being pranked, plus have his own pranks backfire on him.

Read on for more.

Pan Ling Ling and Joey Swee
Pan Ling Ling and Joey Swee
31 Mar 2018

Pan Ling Ling and Joey Swee

Among the cast members, who do you want to prank the most?

Ling Ling: Bryan Wong! His character is really cool and I really like making fun of him – that’s one of my biggest joys in life! Don’t you think he’s really cute? He’s so playful when the cameras aren’t rolling but once they shout ‘Action!’, he can’t say anything and has to look really cool.

I like pranking him because he doesn’t get angry easily. There are some people who get upset once you prank them and refuse to talk to you, but Bryan’s not like that. He’s someone who’s alright with it, but I have to think about how I’m going to do it because he’s okay with everything.

Joey: Pull his pants off!

Ling Ling: What if he pulls mine off too? He’s really smart, so he’ll pick up on things easily. Or maybe I’m too stupid? Whenever I do something, he’ll know what the next step is, so I need to think about this more seriously.

Joey: I have a feeling that you’ll be the one who ends up being pranked. (laughs)

Joey: For me, it’ll be my onscreen dad Zhu Hou Ren. I really like his character and his styling for this drama. I felt like he should act as my husband, not my dad! I think he’s really mischievous in real life, and has a very manly air to him. That’s why I want to prank him so that I’ll be able to see his reaction.

I’ll take his wig out! He looks really warm whenever he’s filming so I want to sneakily take it off so that he won’t feel so warm! But I don’t think I’ll do it for real – after all, he’s a veteran artiste!

(Continued on next slide: Would they rather…?)

Pan Ling Ling and Joey Swee
Pan Ling Ling and Joey Swee
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Pan Ling Ling and Joey Swee

Would you rather be a victim of a hidden camera shows where your just out of bed look is shown to the world OR have to shower in chicken stock?

Ling Ling: I’ll choose the first option because I think my bare face is passable! Who knows, if it goes viral, I might end up with a lot of commercial deals. I can’t bathe in chicken stock – I don’t want to smell like chicken!

Joey: I’ve filmed this drama for nine months with my bare face, what’s there to be afraid of? Please look for me if you need an ambassador, my skin glows! We can even do the endorsement together.

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
31 Mar 2018

Sheila Sim

Among the cast members, who do you want to prank the most?

Pan Ling Ling. I’m the closest to her, so I think I’ll be bravest when it comes to pranking her! She's a bit obsessive when it comes to certain things, so we did this to her when we were filming 118.

She insisted that her clothes hangers must all be white, so Chew Chor Meng said, “She’s so obsessed with it that it’s annoying – let’s change all her hangers!” We kept all the white hangers and put her clothes back on the rack, but with colourful hangers instead. When she came back, she looked like she was about to go crazy as she screamed, “Who changed my hangers?” It was pretty funny. She ended up scolding us in the group chat, and asked who it was who did it to her.

Who do you think is the easiest to prank?

Kym Ng and He Ying Ying are the easiest to prank. I am too, actually. When you prank someone, it’s for their response and I think all three of us really react quite dramatically – so I think it’ll feel quite good to prank us. It’s not difficult to prank Kym – she often brings her own lunchbox to work, so we can just buy a plastic lizard or cockroach and put it in her food!

Thankfully, I haven’t really been on the receiving end of many pranks. Pranking me really isn’t difficult!

(Continued on next slide: What was the most memorable prank that was played on Sheila?)

What was the most memorable prank that was  played on Sheila?
What was the most memorable prank that was played on Sheila?
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What was the most memorable prank that was played on Sheila?

What was the most memorable prank that was played on you?

On my birthday on one year, one of my friends asked me to help her clean her house because she just moved. I went there with messy hair, my glasses on and really casual clothes because I was prepared to help her clean, but it was actually my surprise birthday party. In that entire series of photos, I looked really ugly because of my outfit!

Would you rather have someone factory reset your phone so you lose everything, but have it actually backed up so you can get everything back OR spend 4 hours in hair and makeup only for the director to tell you that the scene is postponed, but later clarifying that they were just pulling your leg?

I’d rather have to spend four hours in hair and makeup because that happens quite often, so it won’t be much of a prank! I’m not very attached to my phone, but it’s very troublesome to have to restore everything. I don’t really like any change when it comes to my phone and I’ll get a bit irritated as well.

Zhang Zhen Huan
Zhang Zhen Huan
31 Mar 2018

Zhang Zhen Huan

Among the cast members, who do you want to prank the most?

I want to prank Kym Ng! The person you prank on April Fool’s Day is someone you’re close to, and we get along pretty well in real life. I want to surprise her by pranking her.

I haven’t really thought of how to prank her, but one option could be to hide her clothes when we’re filming. Our schedule is pretty tight, so if she can’t find her outfit, I think she’ll get really stressed. It’s the easiest option too! Any actor would react the same way if you had a scene coming up but couldn’t find the outfit that you’re supposed to be wearing.

I think everyone is quite easy to prank – just look at me. I look quite trustworthy so nobody would think that I’d prank them. We’ve been getting along really well while filming and we haven’t had the experience of pranking one another, so I think it’ll be a really unexpected if anyone plays a prank – that’s because all of us have our guards down. Hiding clothes, shoes or scripts would be the easiest. I’m easy to prank too!

(Continued on next slide: Zhen Huan, the prankster whose pranks don't quite work out)

Zhen Huan, the prankster whose pranks don't quite work out
Zhen Huan, the prankster whose pranks don't quite work out
31 Mar 2018

Zhen Huan, the prankster whose pranks don't quite work out

How good of a prankster are you?

When I was in university, people stuck pieces of paper on my back that read something like, “I’m a turtle” or “I’m a b*****d” and I didn’t know even though I walked around the campus and people kept hinting to me that I had something on my back.

When I try to do something similar, I end up failing or the other party will end up realising it really soon. Is it because I don’t react fast enough? (laughs)

Would you rather eat an entire tube of Oreos with the cream replaced with toothpaste OR have your toothpaste tube filled up with mayo, and having to brush your teeth with it and going to sleep straight after?

Definitely the second one. Eating too much toothpaste probably isn’t good for you. Previously, when I was at home, I accidentally squeezed my facial foam on my toothbrush and brushed my teeth with that. This happened not too long ago, actually. I bought a new facial foam, and I usually put my facial foam and toothpaste next to each other.

I wasn’t paying attention and squeezed quite a lot of facial foam on the brush and I only realised that I made a mistake because the taste was a bit odd. At the end of the day, you’ll use water to rinse your mouth, so I think the second one is okay. After all, I’m someone who brushed his teeth with facial foam.

Chen Yi Xi and Fang Rong
Chen Yi Xi and Fang Rong
31 Mar 2018

Chen Yi Xi and Fang Rong

Among the cast members, who do you want to prank the most?

Fang Rong: Obviously not him! It’s probably safer to prank the younger generation, so any one of us is fine. Both Kym and Zheng Huan! They’re both really nice. Given a choice, I probably won’t prank them because they’re really very nice.

Yi Xi: Obviously not her! We get along pretty well so I think it’ll be hard to prank one another. If we really had to choose, probably Ying Ying. I think Kym would be easy to prank! She’s really adorable and I think it’ll be easy to prank her. I’ve never pranked anyone because I’m a good boy!

What was the most memorable prank that was played on you?

Yi Xi: I don’t remember. I think the one who pranks me the most is my dad. He likes to poke me all over, and throw his used dental floss into my porridge. I’ll be like, “Dad, what’s this?” and he’ll laugh and run away. My mum always says that he’s her first son, and I’m the second.

My sister is really good at pranking people, and she gets away with it really easily as well. She just says, “I love you!” and all is good. I can’t do that! Plus, my dad catches on really easily so it’s not that easy to prank him. She’s quite playful, maybe because she’s the youngest!

Fang Rong: I can understand why, because I’m the youngest at home too. I like to make fun of my sister by calling her baboon. I don’t really prank them, but I enjoy teasing them.

Yi Xi: They think it’s fun, but for us older siblings, you have no idea how many ‘internal injuries’ we’ve sustained because of this. Elder siblings out there, I know how you feel.

(Continued on next slide: Would they rather…?)

Chen Yi Xi and Fang Rong
Chen Yi Xi and Fang Rong
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Chen Yi Xi and Fang Rong

Would you rather be a victim of a hidden camera shows where your just out of bed look is shown to the world OR have to shower in chicken stock?

Fang Rong: I’d rather have the first, because chicken stock is gross.

Yi Xi: But it’s delicious!

Fang Rong: Not if I have to shower in it!I’m always very grumpy when I wake up, so I think it’ll be really funny if the whole world sees it – the first ten minutes after I wake up is really quite funny.

Yi Xi: I’d rather be pranked with the second. I’m always hungry, and I like to shower with hot water, so I can drink it while I’m showering and go out smelling really delicious. My sister has no chance of doing this because my shower head rusted out, and she doesn’t do housework, so she doesn’t know how to cook!


Kym Ng and Bryan Wong
Kym Ng and Bryan Wong
31 Mar 2018

Kym Ng and Bryan Wong

Among the cast members, who do you want to prank the most?

Kym: We’re nice people, so we never thought of pranking others! But the easiest to prank should be Yi Xi - he’s so young and innocent! I won’t bear to prank him, but I think he’ll be the easiest to prank.

Bryan: Yes, he’s very innocent - so innocent and untouched. He’s like a lotus flower, which blooms above the mud. The one who likes to prank others should be the one with numbers in her name (he’s referring to Pan Ling Ling, whose ‘Ling’ is read the same way as zero in Mandarin). She loves to stir s***! She pranks people all the time, and does it very obviously, too.

Kym: She’s the housekeeping director of the cast. We need to maintain the cleanliness here so she ensures that you throw away disposable cups after you use it, or wash your mugs before you leave. If you don’t do that, she’ll take a photo of it and fine you for it! Because of her, our studio is really clean!

Bryan: That’s not really pranking people - I wasn’t referring to that!

What was the most memorable prank that was played on you?

Kym: When we were back at the old campus, someone asked me to go to the recording studio, where there were two children dressed up as ghosts to try to scare me. There was some problem during the recording so they said they had to go check what was wrong, so the others left the studio.

There was a ‘ghost’ right in front of me, but I wasn’t looking straight at them because I was really scared. I said, “Don’t use this to scare me, I’m really afraid of ghosts.” I didn’t look and walked out, but all the doors were locked. I heard someone call me from the other side, but I had to walk through a really long passageway to get there. Basically, they wanted to scare me, but they weren’t really successful because I was so scared that I kept staring at the floor! I called my manager to scold her as well.

Bryan: I haven’t been pranked before. Maybe because among my friends, they know that I’m pretty smart, so they’ll end up pranking themselves and that’s why they don’t bother with it. I feel that it takes a lot of effort and time to prank someone, and what you get in return might not be a good thing - the other party might really get scared, or get offended.

(Continued on next slide: Would they rather…?)

Kym Ng and Bryan Wong
Kym Ng and Bryan Wong
31 Mar 2018

Kym Ng and Bryan Wong

Would you rather eat an entire tube of Oreos with the cream replaced with toothpaste OR have your toothpaste tube filled up with mayo, and having to brush your teeth with it and going to sleep straight after?

Kym: Neither option!

Bryan: You can’t eat toothpaste, right?

Kym: If I had to choose, I’d rather sleep with the mayonnaise. It’s edible and the saliva in my mouth can wash it away! Or I can ask my husband to wash it away for me, but for the toothpaste, how can you eat it? It’s inedible!

Bryan: I think I’ll choose the biscuits… No! I’ll choose the mayonnaise! It’s just brushing your teeth with it - if you think about it this way, mayonnaise is made out of egg yolk and acid, so acid is good for getting some of that dirt out of your teeth, and egg is protein, so that’s alright.

He Ying Ying, Zhang Zhen Huan, Chen Yi Xi
He Ying Ying, Zhang Zhen Huan, Chen Yi Xi
31 Mar 2018

He Ying Ying, Zhang Zhen Huan, Chen Yi Xi

Sheila Sim, Bryan Wong, Pan Ling Ling, Fang Rong, Chen Shu Cheng
Sheila Sim, Bryan Wong, Pan Ling Ling, Fang Rong, Chen Shu Cheng
31 Mar 2018

Sheila Sim, Bryan Wong, Pan Ling Ling, Fang Rong, Chen Shu Cheng

Hong Hui Fang, Zhu Hou Ren, Kym Ng
Hong Hui Fang, Zhu Hou Ren, Kym Ng
31 Mar 2018

Hong Hui Fang, Zhu Hou Ren, Kym Ng

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