Felicia Chin, Jeffrey Xu on their ups and downs as a couple

Which couple’s fights cause music video-worthy moments, and who's proud of being an unexpected homebody?

The Life Less Ordinary bunch are a rowdy bunch - and proud of it
The Life Less Ordinary bunch are a rowdy bunch - and proud of it
20 Sep 2017

The Life Less Ordinary bunch are a rowdy bunch - and proud of it

Video: Genice Ooi, Goh Wen Kai

We’re less than two weeks away to the debut episode of longform drama, Life Less Ordinary, and boy, did we find out that there’s much to look forward to (apart from their super nifty 360-degree VR (virtual reality) music video).

Stepping into Studio 2 in Mediacorp, where the drama set is housed (fun fact: the 118 set used to be here too!), we didn’t expect to be greeted by riotous banter from the cast members Rayson Tan, Chen Li Ping, Xiang Yun, Romeo Tan, Felicia Chin, Jeffrey Xu, Ian Fang, Aileen Tan, Cynthia Koh, Bonnie Loo and Jayley Woo.

Sharing with Toggle in interviews after the media conference that filming has been, in Xiang Yun’s words, “so much fun that we don’t realise how much time has passed” (think plenty of butt-pinching and a debate on how good Romeo smells - Liping declared that even his armpits smell good, which sparked off a whole new debate between her and her husband Rayson) we set out to find out the most lifeless (you’ll see why in the next slide) moment the cast members have experienced in their lives.

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Felicia Chin and Jeffrey Xu on their ups and downs as a couple
Felicia Chin and Jeffrey Xu on their ups and downs as a couple
20 Sep 2017

Felicia Chin and Jeffrey Xu on their ups and downs as a couple

Toggle: When you put the words life and less together, you get the word lifeless (ha, ha). When do you feel the most lifeless?

Felicia: Sometimes, when I’m trying to explain something to him, he might sometimes misunderstand me and I’ll feel very lifeless and upset because his thoughts are always written on his face. I don’t know how to explain the situation to him but what he thinks I’m saying isn’t what I meant – sometimes, he’ll take like three hours to get back into his usual mood, and in the meantime, I’ll feel pretty lifeless. I’ll try to make him happy by being lively – but this also goes to show how important he is to me (Everybody now: Aww...

Jeffrey: There are also times when she can’t digest what I’m trying to say and there’s a communication breakdown between us. In the past, I used to have my own life and a lot of friends, but right now, in Singapore, I only have Felicia. When there’s a communication breakdown between us, I feel empty and I feel like I don’t know what to do next. I’ll feel like calling my family members or buying an air ticket back home…

Felicia: Is it that bad?

Jeffrey: Nobody will understand what’s going on between us unless they’re really close to us, and we can’t call our friends to talk about our woes because they might be busy with their own lives. We need to face our own problems. I’ve slept in my car while parked under her block for the entire night – I remember walking around the area at 4am on that day because I couldn’t sleep. It was just after a huge downpour and I felt like I was filming a music video. I thought about our future while strolling and at the time, I really felt very helpless and that I had nobody on my side at that point of time.

Ed’s note: In case you’re thinking that it’s all doom and gloom for this couple – it’s not. When we were doing a separate interview with married couple Rayson Tan and Chen Liping about their thoughts on working together on this drama, Rayson jokingly warned Jeffrey that he “still has time to consider before sealing your fate for the rest of your life”. In response, Jeffrey declared that “every moment together is like being in heaven”. 

(Continued on next slide: Chen Liping, Xiang Yun’s blast to the (lifeless) past)

Chen Liping, Xiang Yun’s blast to the (lifeless) past
Chen Liping, Xiang Yun’s blast to the (lifeless) past
20 Sep 2017

Chen Liping, Xiang Yun’s blast to the (lifeless) past

At which point in your life did you feel the most lifeless?

Li Ping: The kind of tiredness that we feel while filming these days can’t compare to what it was like in the past.

Xiang Yun: She’s right! If we look back at the filming that we did back in the days, we were so tired that we’d sleep just about anywhere when we had a break between filming.

Li Ping: Having a concrete floor to sleep on was considered a blessing, because we’d usually be filming in very remote locations or jungles.

Xiang Yun: Even if it was a random bench that was placed there, we’d try to catch some shuteye while lying on it.

Li Ping: Oh! The most ideal situation is when we had to film some stunts and they’d prepare tatami mats to cushion our fall. During breaks, we’d end up sleeping on it –it’s so comfortable! If I think about it, almost every production back then was really tiring and we’d be so lifeless while filming it – our body clocks were all messed up especially when we had a lot of overnight shoots, and period dramas in particular were really tiring because of the many layers of clothes we had to wear despite the weather.

Xiang Yun: I remember there was once I had to play a dead person, and I was lying in the coffin during one of the scenes. I ended up sleeping in it for a couple of hours because it was really comfortable in there! (laughs)

(Continued on next slide: Romeo Tan, Ian Fang are ‘lifeless’ and proud of it)

Romeo Tan, Ian Fang are ‘lifeless’ and proud of it
Romeo Tan, Ian Fang are ‘lifeless’ and proud of it
20 Sep 2017

Romeo Tan, Ian Fang are ‘lifeless’ and proud of it

Who’s the most lifeless after you wrap up a day of filming?

Ian: Actually, I think all of us are pretty lifeless. After we wrap for the day, we head home and sleep because we usually need to report back in the studio bright and early the next day.

Romeo: I think the director is the most lifeless, actually.

Ian: Why?

Romeo: She’s got to follow every single scene, every single day. Plus, she’s very meticulous and wants to be a part of every single scene, so she’s really very busy. After wrapping filming, she’s probably going to be pretty lifeless, because she still has post-production to take care of! (laughs)

At which point in your life did you feel the most lifeless?

Romeo: I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that…

Ian: For example, when your heart is tired, your mind is tired, your hair is in a mess and you can’t seem to sleep…

Romeo: You seem to be the voice of experience – would you like to share?

Ian: I’m just giving you inspiration! I’m used to being at home a lot, so to me, not going out is pretty normal. We’ve actually talked about this when Romeo sent me home. I look like someone who’s always out, hitting the clubs or going for supper with friends.

Romeo: I used to think that he was that kind of person as well, but after I got to know him, I realised that he’s a lifeless homebody who looks after his dogs at home. Actually, being lifeless is good!

Ian: People think Romeo doesn’t have a life when he started out with his photography, but look at him now – he’s really good at it and his photos are really power!

Romeo: Some people might think I’m strange, because I can sit at a spot for two hours alone just to wait for the sun to set and get that perfect shot. I was probably really lifeless when I was in the army, just before my exam to get promoted to the next rank. I had to train my body, my mind and my determination at the same time.

(Continued on next slide: Aileen Tan’s zen approach to life)

Aileen Tan’s zen approach to life
Aileen Tan’s zen approach to life
20 Sep 2017

Aileen Tan’s zen approach to life

At which point in your life did you feel the most lifeless?

What? That’s so sad! (laughs) Lifeless? It never occurred to me because I’m a very positive person and I think that being lifeless is a choice that you can make. If you want think negatively, you can be lifeless, but if you think of it the other way, your life can be really vibrant. Why should you be lifeless, even when you’re young?

Okay, but back in the early days of showbiz, I felt very helpless when I was working day and night. You want to spend time with your family and friends, especially on special occasions. But to me, this is something you have to be prepared for when you want to be the lead actor – it’s the price you have to pay.

(Continued on next slide: Cynthia Koh’s regret at not spending her time well)

Cynthia Koh’s regret at not spending her time well
Cynthia Koh’s regret at not spending her time well
20 Sep 2017

Cynthia Koh’s regret at not spending her time well

At which point in your life did you feel the most lifeless?

I’m the most lifeless when I’m not doing anything – when I’m not filming anything and I’m not busy with anything important. Now that I look back, I wasted a lot of time in the past, especially after I shaved my head and didn’t work on any acting projects for a year back in 2000. I should’ve gone traveling or learned something useful instead.

You can’t buy time, and what I did was to stay at home and watch movies or read books – it was a very simple life and when I think of it, I feel like I could’ve spent the time a lot better than that!

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Rayson, Li Ping and Aileen share a light-hearted moment
Rayson, Li Ping and Aileen share a light-hearted moment
20 Sep 2017

Rayson, Li Ping and Aileen share a light-hearted moment

Li Ping: She asked you to touch her, so you should go ahead!

Aileen, Xiang Yun and Li Ping are all smiles while at work
Aileen, Xiang Yun and Li Ping are all smiles while at work
20 Sep 2017

Aileen, Xiang Yun and Li Ping are all smiles while at work

The epitome of an old married couple - they bicker endlessly (and hilariously)
The epitome of an old married couple - they bicker endlessly (and hilariously)
20 Sep 2017

The epitome of an old married couple - they bicker endlessly (and hilariously)

Everyone wants a piece of - or rather sniff of - Romeo, who's said to smell good all the time
Everyone wants a piece of - or rather sniff of - Romeo, who's said to smell good all the time
20 Sep 2017

Everyone wants a piece of - or rather sniff of - Romeo, who's said to smell good all the time

The cast getting a hands-on experience of the VR goggles
The cast getting a hands-on experience of the VR goggles
20 Sep 2017

The cast getting a hands-on experience of the VR goggles

Life Less Ordinary debuts October 2, 7.30pm on Channel 8.

WATCH: Who pinched Romeo Tan’s butt while filming Life Less Ordinary?

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